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sore leg

Firefighter3415
October 26th, 2003, 05:22 AM
Hi everyone,

My older dog and I were playing like we always to. Oreo is a small dog. Anyway, I pushed her off the bed and she landed on the base of the fan stand. Her front left leg is hurt. I felt it and put an ice pack on it. She was crying. I felt and still feel very bac about it. It does not seem broken, as she is not crying when you touch it and you can move it. She is favoriting this leg. Should I wrap her leg up, or just leave it alone.

Thanks

Fire

ilovemypuppy
October 26th, 2003, 07:20 AM
From experience with a dog who had a broken paw.. the vet said that if they do not walk on it in 2 hours it is broken because dogs have a very short memory and would walk on it if its not broken.

I would reccomend being less rough :)

Lucky Rescue
October 26th, 2003, 09:46 AM
Small dogs can easily get fractures in their little leg bones. I would take her to the vet just to make sure this didn't happen.

drdouggie
November 2nd, 2003, 01:11 PM
You need to take her to a vet. She may have broken bones or fractures or her patella (knee cap) may have popped out and needs popped back in, this commonly happens in small dogs). In any case your vet will be able to give her pain medication and steroids that will help to heal the injury and make life a bit more comfortable for your doggy.

I would also recommend that you don't push your dog off high objects.

Lucky Rescue
November 2nd, 2003, 03:47 PM
drdouggie - are you a vet?:)

drdouggie
November 3rd, 2003, 12:53 PM
LuckyRescue,
Nope, I'm not a vet...I'm a Doctor of parasitology and specialised in helminths (worms). I have a keen interest in and practical knowledge of dog health. I'm curious to know why you asked?

Lucky Rescue
November 3rd, 2003, 05:26 PM
I just asked because you have "dr" in your name and seem to know a lot about illness and injury in animals - very helpful around here!:)

drdouggie
November 4th, 2003, 06:53 PM
You know Lucky you're right about it being useful having contributors on the board with a little knowledge on something or other. There's some great advice on the boards (your own included :)). But I'm amazed about the number of poor vets there are out there. I thought I was one of the few unlucky people to have encountered a "bad vet", but judging from some of the postings I'm not in a minority. I think these message boards are invaluable in helping people provide better care for their pets when they've had inadequate information / treatment from vets, or just simply to act as a sounding board. Of course there are lots of excellent vets out there too, after many years searching and at the cost of the life of my dearest chum, I've finally found a good vet.

Carina
November 4th, 2003, 09:53 PM
May I just say, I agree no vet is infallible or has all the right answers - and yes, some vets are just inept. I've run into a few also.

That is why if someone presents a puzzling problem here and states their vet hasn't been able to figure it out, I suggest taking the animal to another vet.

PS - I am NOT a veterinary professional. Just a fairly knowlegable long time dog owner. :)