Friday, March 15, 2013
I came home from work yesterday to find Danny sacked out in the sun. Normally this wouldn't have concerned me but it was awfully close to feeding time and usually he is standing at the food tub waiting for his senior feed. I woke him up and he got right up, but I noticed immediately that his RF knee is swollen. I felt for heat, there was some but not a lot. He is putting weight on it, has full mobility, in fact doesn't even seem to notice it at all.
I left him be, and told the guys to keep an eye on him. Last night I checked it again, still the same.
This morning, I spent a good amount of time messing with it. There is no heat now, but swelling is the same. There is a scar there, that I have never seen before. I'm not sure how that can be, but I do not recall it. It is squishy under the scar. This is not a new cut and if I follow the scar with my finger it actually goes up all the way above his knee (click on picture 2 for better view and arrows showing where it starts) It is obviously filled with fluid.
I am absolutely stumped as to what this is or when it happened. The fact that I have never noticed it before bothers me. Did it happen when he got beat up, and I just missed it? I just don't know. There isn't any proud flesh on the scar. Just dry flaky skin.
I sent some pictures to my vet to see what he thinks.
The worry wort in me wants to rush him in, the person in me that is trying to make every penny count says just watch it, and see what the vet says. (Danny says, "Hey lady, why are you sitting underneath me taking pictures of my leg? Can't you see I am trying to eat?") Obviously xrays would be pointless, maybe an ultra sound. Maybe there is a foreign object in there which is infected, but that should produce heat shouldn't it?
This morning before I fed I let him out to see if he is moving any different. No he isn't. He does not seem to be in any pain at all. He isn't bothered by it if I push on it or probe it. When he was eating he had equal weight on both front legs. No limping, no nothing. I am completely at a loss at what to do. Guess I will wait to see what Bruce says and go from there.