Millie had her first consultation from the vet's referral to Langford. She's now had x-rays and MRIs... but we're still none the wiser as to why she continues to go lame periodically. He did say that he was happy with her nerve roots and the cushioning of fat around each of them. Her spinal disks also looked good. This lead the vet to believe that it may be a more orthopaedic issue than neurological.
We've now got our next referral in a week with another specialist - this time an orthopaedic one!
Some good news has come of it though; as there was no damage to her shown in the x-rays and MRI scans the vets have given her the all clear to resume normal exercise. So we no longer need to worry that she is going to be irreparably damaged from anything that we want to do with her. Phew!
I have been advised very strongly by the specialists at Langford to put her back to her normal exercise regime... including agility! They need to see her at her most lame to aid them in making their diagnosis. So it's back to agility... back to tuggy play... back to letting her belt around the fields with the other dogs! It's a bit scary, but at least I know she's not going to be doing any damage to herself.
I must say though, they truly are amazing over there. They really understand how to calm down nervous animals. We had to leave Millie there over-night, and I think I was the one that was worse off! I was even told that the students took her out for a little run, I think she had a good time.
I just want to get to the bottom of this and find out if there's anything I can do to ensure that she is the happiest she can be. Fingers crossed we'll eventually be able to return to agility full time.