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Anyone Heard Of 'collie Toe'

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by amanda460, Aug 18, 2009.


  1. amanda460

    amanda460 PetForums Junior

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    Hi all - had to reenter this thread as not sure if i did my first one correctly lol!

    Hoping someone might have heard of this condition and can provide some advice.
    My mams collie works on a local farm about 3 times a week and is fabulous to say the least (i'm bias of course), she is walked otherwise 2 times a day but goes probably about 4 miles on each walk. She was seen by a local vet as we'd noticed that odd occasions she'd limp and sometimes just lie down as though something was wrong with one of her back legs, more so after a vigorous session with the sheep and she was diagnosed with arthritis in her toes on her back left foot.

    However, the farm owner has looked today and he says she's got 'Collie Toe' - apparently a condition that happens when they are continually swinging around in different directions, they apparently spin on their toes often rather than lifting their feet and turning ??? The farmer is ringing a brother about what the solution is for this but I wondered if anyone had heard of this or had any experience of this.

    When not working, the collie enjoys playing, one game being 'spin' inwhich she grabs her rope pull and literally she spins around swinging it up - I dont suppose this game will help if the condition is linked to them spinning on their toes.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thankyou x
     
  2. Nonnie

    Nonnie PetForums VIP

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    Ive heard of collie eye, but not toe.

    I know greyhounds can have toe problems, never heard of such a thing in collies.

    No collie i know has suffered problems, and they were all workers.
     
  3. rona

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    I think he may mean she has a broken toe.
    Our old collie had multiple breaks in her toes
     
  4. dexter

    dexter PetForums VIP

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    never heard of the saying..... must be a farmers/shepherds term.
     
  5. amanda460

    amanda460 PetForums Junior

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    Yeah thats what we thought - a farmers term (for something) - He definitely said 'Collie Toe' and not 'Broken Toe'! Well anyway, he's gona speak to his brother and i'll let you know whats suggested, maybe we will all learn something new today. You'd be surprised how many of the farmers 'old medicinal' remedies work wonders, maybe something will heal this whatever it may be, for the time being though she's gona be rested and only short walks - you ever tried to stop a Collie running though!
    Yeah i've also heard of Collie eye Rona. Bonnie is only 3 and i've just seen her and she clearly has something wrong with her toes, she's not walking full footed, its as if she's walking on her toes on that foot. Very odd, but i'll let you know the outcome.
     
  6. rona

    rona Guest

    If she's walking on her toes it's sounds like a strain or muscle pull
     
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