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What are Sprains?

Sprains are soft tissue injuries that involve damage to a ligament, usually caused by physical trauma to the ligament. This type of injury can occur at any joint although it is most common in the knees, elbows, and ankles in domestic animals, particularly with dogs and horses. Sprains can usually be split into three categories, determined by the amount of damage to the ligament and surrounding tissues. Sprains often present with symptoms that are nearly identical to other disorders, such as muscle strains, minor fractures, and bone degeneration.

Dogs can acquire sprains through physical activity, degeneration of the joints, and traumatic accidents, like car accidents. Sprains have similar symptoms to several other injuries and should be evaluated by a veterinary professional.

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Symptoms of Sprains in Dogs

The symptoms that indicate a sprain can range from barely noticeable to temporarily crippling, depending on the severity of the sprain itself: 

  • Excessive licking on joints or legs
  • Limping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain
  • Reddened joints
  • Reluctance to put weight on paw or limb
  • Swollen joints
  • Swollen paws

Sprains have many of the same symptoms as muscular strains and damage, minor fractures, bone degeneration, and even cancerous conditions. This makes a confirmation of the condition by a veterinary professional very valuable in determining the correct treatment plan.

Types 

The most common sprain for a dog to develop is a leg sprain, usually in either a wrist or elbow joint, although in some cases, shoulder and hip joints may also be involved. Sprains can develop anywhere a ligament is, however. Sprains in the neck and back can cause your pet a great deal of discomfort, fortunately, are somewhat less common. This type of injury is more likely to occur in dogs with longer backs such as Dachshunds and German Shepherds. Sprains in the tail can cause your dog's tail to appear limp and sprains involving the jaw may make it uncomfortable for your pet to eat or chew.

Causes of Sprains in Dogs

Sprains and other similar damage to soft tissues are most often caused by trauma or injury. This can occur in a traumatic incident such as an automobile accident or a dog fight, or in a more mundane situation such as slipping on ice or simply attempting too ambitious a jump. Fast growing breeds are more prone to sprains of all sorts and dogs with long backs are more likely to develop strains and sprains in the back and neck area.

Diagnosis of Sprains in Dogs

Symptoms of anything more than a mild sprain should be addressed by a veterinarian as soon as possible, and even mild limping should be treated if it lasts more than 48 hours. Muscular strains and damage, minor fractures, bone degeneration, and even cancerous conditions have many of the same symptoms and often requires imaging to differentiate. Your veterinarian will begin with a thorough physical examination, paying particular attention to the joints and musculature. Radiographs (x-rays) will usually be employed to better visualize the joint and the surrounding bone in order to rule out other disorders such as fractures and osteoarthritis. Arthroscopy is an imaging technique that allows the examiner to get a clear visual image of the ligaments of the affected joint. An arthroscopy is a surgical procedure, performed by inserting an endoscope into the joint using a small incision. Once the veterinarian has evaluated the sprain she will give it one of three grades:

  • Grade I - Only a minor part of the ligament is torn and the joint is still functional; some swelling and pain are evident, but the dog usually is able to walk
  • Grade II - A larger part of the ligament is torn or stretched, and severe swelling is occurring; the dog may be able to walk but will have some lameness and difficulty, and the joint is only partially functional
  • Grade III - The most severe grade of sprain, in which the ligament is severely damaged or completely torn; bones may not remain intact, and the dog will be unlikely to put any weight on the paw

Treatment of Sprains in Dogs

There are some steps that you should take while you are contacting your dog’s doctor, such as placing an ice pad on the affected area to help reduce pain and swelling and making sure that the animal doesn’t aggravate the injury any further. Grade I sprains generally only need minimal care, although they can take several weeks to heal correctly. They are often splinted to prevent movement, and anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed, but the joint generally heals fully. 

Grade II sprains also require a splint and anti-inflammatory medication, but due to the more severe trauma may also need corrective surgery. Most grade II sprains heal completely, although the healing time may be further extended, particularly if surgery is required. Grade III sprains almost always entail some sort of surgery to remove or repair the torn ligament and if complete healing is accomplished, it will require extensive healing time. Surgery on the ligaments can be either traditional or can be achieved by laser surgery.

Recovery of Sprains in Dogs

If the sprain is minor and does not require surgery, aftercare should be fairly simple. Keep the patient as inactive as possible during the healing period to avoid causing the sprain to reoccur, and continue with the anti-inflammatories as recommended by your veterinarian. After any surgery, it is essential to keep the site clean and free from dirt and debris. You will need to keep your pet from interfering with the site and examine it often over the next two or three weeks for swelling, bleeding or pus. Keeping your recovering companion in a calm, quiet environment will help encourage healing, as will having appropriate food and water within their reach.

Sprains Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Rufus
chihuahua pincher
2
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi, yesterday my dog (a 2 year-old Chihuahua-Pincher mix) attempted to run after a rabbit on our front yard. He sped down three steps before stopping and screaming in pain. It lasted for a minute to three minutes. As the situation progressed quickly, my brother and I at first believed he was upset at the rabbit getting away but then he kept screaming as we brought him inside the house. We comforted him and saw he was not putting weight on his right rear leg.

I kept an eye on him all night and this morning, he's been using his right rear leg. Although he lifts it up in the grass, there's no other obvious signs of discomfort. I have noticed, however, that he only about half of his breakfast and drank as much water as he usually does. He is resting now again. Thank you for your help in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs, like humans, may get a sprain or pulled muscle during activity; many times rest and relaxation usually helps to resolve these injuries. Other times, dogs injure themselves where they tear ligaments or dislocate joints which is more serious. If there is just small signs of discomfort, try to restrict movement and walk Rufus on a lead for a week or more to see if there is some improvement; if Rufus is in visible pain or you are generally concerned, visit your Veterinarian so that they can check his leg and possibly prescribe some pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What can I wrap a dog's leg with if I have no bandages?

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Chewy (chubaka)
Maltese
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No weight bearing
Limping
swollen butt
Loss of Appetite

My maltese tried to jump on my bed and didnt make it nows hes limping and crying in his sleep when he rolls over the area maybe swollen what should i do? The bones by his tail looks like hes in pain but doesnt cry when i touch down there. And he didnt start limping till 3days after the fall..i really dont have money for a vet. Are there any home remedies to soothe the pain and help him sleep?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Chewy, I cannot give you any specifics; but it may be a case of allowing him to rest for a few days and restricting his movement. However, if he is in pain it would be best to visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost to make him at least more comfortable and to have a quick check to make sure the injury isn’t too serious. There isn’t really a home remedy I can recommend as I am unaware of the severity of injury because I didn’t examine Chewy, but there are some natural pain relief products available in pet shops or in Walmart which are available without prescription; but a visit to your Veterinarian would be best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yzma
Pomeranian/spitz
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My year old pomeranian jumped off our bed in May and injured her front leg, she had swelling and we immediately took her to our emergency pet hospital and they took x-rays, she had no broken bones, and they sent her home with anti-inflammatory medication. Almost a month later she was laying on our bed and stretched as she was standing up and the same symptoms. We again took her to our vet and we were told she had a sprain and to continue with the medication and try to keep her resting as much as possible. Now 3 months later she is again limping, licking her wrist, and had swelling in both her wrists yesterday. What else can I do for her? Should I ask for her to be splinted in the first wrist? Should we look into surgery? I'm concerned because she is still so young and I don't want her to have this problem for the rest of her life. Any advice would be highly appreciated! Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few types of injury which may affect the wrist, sometimes a prolonged period of rest may be required; in severe cases surgery may be needed but with an examination and referral to an Orthopaedic Specialist I wouldn’t want to give any advice. Splinting is overrated in these cases and usually cause more trouble than they solve, rest is best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Boston Terrier
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping on front leg. Swelling in foot and joint

My son picked up my dog because she had got outside and she squirmed out of his arms and fell about 2-3 foot. She yelped a little and has been limping since. I have been wrapping the leg with gauze and a wrap. There has been a little swelling but I am pretty concerned and dont have the money to take her to the vet at this time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The biggest concern I would have would be trauma to the growth plates which may cause a bone to stop growing which can lead to limb deformities; pain is normal after a tumble but may also be a sign of some serious damage. Restricting movement would help, but ultimately a visit to your Veterinarian and an x-ray would be best; regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog has been limping for a month now. We took him to the vet last week and was given anti-inflammatory meds. But they are done and he is still limping. The vet said it was his elbow that might be sprained. How long does that take to heal? Should I take him back to the vet? My dog doesn't seem to put any weight on that leg even after all this time.

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Tika
Alaskan Malamute
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain

Medication Used

Metacam

My dog has been having intermittent trouble with her left hind leg for a couple months now. A jump/run/launch motion will sometimes cause her to squeal and favor that leg for a few moments. X-rays show a super healthy dog; no sign of hip dysplasia, patella problems, swelling, fluid, etc. She was given Metacam and told to rest for a couple of weeks, but as soon as we tried to start introducing exercise again, the symptoms returned.

The vet says he doesn't see anything wrong, but it's obvious something IS wrong. The symptoms are becoming more frequent and more severe, though she always returns to normal after a few minutes.

I want to DO something rather than just wait for it to get bad enough for the vet to notice. Would my dog be a good candidate for a knee brace? If I could give her support and Metacam for a few months so she doesn't keep reinjuring herself, that would be totally doable. Or should I get another vet's opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot really give much constructive input as I haven’t performed a physical examination, but I would recommend getting another Veterinarian to take a look at Tika. There are various types of injury which may be affecting Tika’s hind limb including muscle strain, cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency, trapped nerves, patellar luxation among other causes; cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency may be caused by ligament injury but not a complete rupture which would be consistent with lameness followed by recovery after rest with relapse after activity resumes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/hind-limb-sprains-and-strains-proceedings-0?id=&sk=&date=&pageID=2

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Bandit
Pomeranian
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

possible cruciate ligament tear

My 15 pound Pomeranian injured his left hind leg yesterday jumping from the bed. We brought him to the vet and she said it is most probable a Cruciate Ligament tear. Xrays were done and no fractures. He is unable to bear weight on his hind leg for a long time but will stand up and then need to sit. Doctor said in small dogs surgery may not be needed, let dog relax and put on leash to go outside. Given Rimadyl and Tramadol q 12 hours. How long do you think I should see if it will heal on its own? How long is it safe to take Rimadly and Tramadol?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both tramadol and Rimadyl (carprofen) can be used safely in dogs long term; there is no standard time for chronic conditions, but for a cruciate ligament tear they should be safe to use whilst Bandit is recovering. Each product has its own side effects which you should be aware of including vomiting, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal ulceration, tremors, lethargy, behavioural changes and other side effects (see both links below). If used responsibly, both medications may be safely used for Bandit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.akc.org/content/health/articles/rimadyl-for-dogs/
www.akc.org/content/health/articles/tramadol-for-dogs/

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Chelsea
Boarder collie/lab mix
4 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog twister her paw "ankle" on her back leg, right side playing fetch. She gives no indication of pain, expect she wont put weight on it. However, she'll let me touch her paw, move it to check range of motion, no licking of the area, and won't give the slightest whine when it's moved or pushed. This has been going on for 2 days where she walks on 3 legs. There's no loss of appetite and she isn't lethargic and she's been up for the task of learning how to walk on 3 legs. About how long does a twist/sprain like this tend to take to heal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs by nature are stoic animals and are reluctant to show pain and will usually continue to be as active as they can (they don’t like to show weakness). A simple sprain may take a week or two to heal (like if you would have a sprained ankle); rest and antiinflammatories would be the best course of action, you should see some improvement over the next few days, but if there is no improvement after three or four days take her in to be checked by her Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bodie
Boxerdoodle
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 7 year old boxer hurt his front leg when jumping off bed. We took him to the vet because of selling , limping and pain. They did an X-ray and radiology said no breaks. It has been 36 hours since the injury . The vet sent him home with pain meds and anti inflammatory meds . My question is... is it normal to have more swelling the second day?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes swelling can get worse before it gets better and the swelling may still be responding to the initial trauma; it is important that you give Bodie plenty of rest and follow the instructions given to you by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spanky
French Bulldog
10
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Licking paws
Eating grass

My dog jumped from the bath tub yesterday and slipped and fell. He has had a slight limp since then and keeps licking one of his paws. He does not cry or yelp when I touch him anywhere. He has been eating grass since yesterday but that started before the fall. He will accept treats. He still goes up and down the stairs and is able to jump on the couch without crying (he usually cries if he is hurt). How long should I monitor this before taking him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs are quite stoic animals and will not show pain; try to restrict Spanky’s movement and prevent him from jumping to relieve any discomfort he may have. He may be licking his paw as he is feeling an injury and will typically try to lick it better, try to stop him as too much licking may irritate the skin which may cause another problem. If he is still like this after two or three days, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Cane Corso
18 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Yesterday, my husband was giving our dogs a treat, and my puppy got over excited and jumped to try and get hers. She jumped, and d idnt land gracefully.... she whinned a little bit and wouldn't put ANY pressure on her hind leg. I havent noticed any swelling. Today, she is putting a little pressure on her paw, but not much st all..and doesn't want to attempt stairs. Still no swelling.. She doesn't yelp, whine, or show signs of major pain when we were checking her leg and paw... i don't know if it's broke, sprained, or strained. I was gonna give her another day to see if there's any improvement...or call the vet. Is there anything I can do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For the time being ensure that Stella is restricted in her movement to prevent further injury and take her outside using her lead to stop her from running around. Dogs, just like humans, may sprain, twist, pull, fracture or break limbs and joints; giving Stella rest may help, but more serious injuries would need to be examined by your Veterinarian, if there is no improvement within two days or she is showing pain visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dillon
Dachshund
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

We have an unusually long-legged mini dachshund who cut the large pad on his right front paw.
Although the cut has healed he now has one of his middle toes sprung upwards when standing, but he does not limp but on occasions licks the area more than normal.
We have put small pressure on the area and there is no reaction but we obviously want to ensure this has no long-term consequences.
Can you let me know what the diagnosis might be and what I can do to treat the problem?
Thanks,
Sue

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible issues which may be affecting Dillon’s toe; but if it isn’t causing any pain or limping, I would just keep an eye on it for now and bring up the issue with your Veterinarian at your next visit. An old fracture, dislocation or other injury may be to blame but without an examination and possibly an x-ray I cannot say for sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mia
Border Collie
12
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 12 year old border collie X jack Russell keeps licking an area near her hip on the left side, only done it for the last few days, if I go to check to see what is wrong she snaps at me, is it a sprain or something worse? I can't afford Vet Bills as I'm a pensioner.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes why a dog may be licking at their side or hip and may be due to some local irritation or joint pain; I cannot say what the specific cause is without examining Mia, but it is important to stop her from licking as this action may cause other issues later on. Put a cone on her (to stop the licking) and give her rest with short walks on a lead so she can do her business. Try to look for a charity clinic or other non-profit in your area you could have Mia seen at. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/cant-afford-critical-veterinary-care-many-nonprofits-can-help!.aspx

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Rocky
Chihuahua
10 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog has been limping on. It seem it hurts him on he knee on the back leg. He try's to push my hand when I touch him. He was on anti inflammatory and pain killers but he's still not walking on it. We ask put heating blanket when he is sleeping.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few issues which may affect a dog’s back leg including patellar luxation as well as nerve injury; rest is a good start along with pain management and can take sometime to heal if there is a ligament injury. If there is patellar luxation, this would be a constant problem which may require surgical treatment. Use caution when using heat blankets for dogs as they can overheat easily and lose their hair. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pups
Golden Retreiver
8.5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog has been limping for a month now. We took him to the vet last week and was given anti-inflammatory meds. But they are done and he is still limping. The vet said it was his elbow that might be sprained. How long does that take to heal? Should I take him back to the vet? My dog doesn't seem to put any weight on that leg even after all this time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sprains can take a while to heal, if you have ever sprained an ankle it can feel like forever; strict rest and movement restriction is key if the elbow is sprained to prevent further injury. Recovery time can be around two weeks depending on the severity, but if you have seen no improvement over the past week with rest you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination and possibly an x-ra. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
Dachshund
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

slow movement
Lame

My male 8yr old dashchund is not acting right. He is moving slowly and get up from a laying position weird. Kinda rolls, twists and gets his hind legs up first then slight struggles with the front left one under him. He isn't yelping or exhibiting any pain from his neck, legs or spine. Once he's up aside from moving slow (and even then he gets little bursts) he seems OK. No loss of appetite or anything. I'm not sure if maybe he sprained or strained something and my vet doesn't open until Monday. Any advice? I have dog dose tramadol, NDAIDS, and muscles relaxer Robaxin available for a dog in the same weight class.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am unable to recommend the use of prescription medicines without examining a patient first but can offer general advice. It is possible that Rocky has injured his front left leg and struggles to stand up normally; the twisting of the back would generally rule out spinal issues (which would be normal for this breed). I would allow Rocky to rest for a few days and to assist him to stand when he needs to and visit your Veterinarian on Monday; it would also be useful to not give any pain medication so that your Veterinarian can have a drug free patient to examine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Narco
Chihuahua
5 months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

none

hello, my 5 month old male chihuahua fell off the bed 11 days ago, he screamed blue murder so I rushed him to the vet ER, after X-rays there showed no broken bones, and crate rest was recommended and limited walks for only 1 week... and that he should be fully recovered in 7 days... this was at a foreign clinic, and maybe something was lost in translation.. so he is much recovered, I'd say 75% back to normal, but he still favours his other leg, I don't want to be crazy dog mummy, but how long should I wait. He has no pain, great appetite and poops perfectly- thx for any advice, best regards Sarah & Narco

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sprains can take sometime to heal, seven days is a short period of time; I would expect that the Veterinarian said that you would see improvement over the next seven days but will require longer rest. Sprains (think about if you ever sprained your ankle) can take a while to heal, they are not known for their speedy recovery times. As long as you are seeing improvement with rest, I wouldn’t be too concerned; if Narco isn’t fully recovered after three weeks of rest, I would return to another Veterinarian for another examination. If you doubt x-rays etc… you could get a digital copy and forward to PetRays for a check by USA board Certified Specialists. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://petrays.com/

Very helpful!! I feel much reassured- thank you so very much, and a big lick from Narco 🐶

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Rocky
Boston Terrier
7 Months
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Front leg limp

My 7 month old Boston Terrier jumped out of our truck last night (truck was parked). We tried to break his fall put he ultimately landed on his side. He screamed right after the fall, but became active and seemed normal fairly quickly after that. He's still jumping around and wanting to play and eat as normal. We did notice a limp when he walks. He does not scream or cry when we touch his legs and he continues to walk on it. Seems like a small sprain. What other symptoms should I look for that would require an x-ray? Also, is there an over the counter anti-inflammatory that can be given in case there is swelling later? So far there is no swelling.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes, when a dog falls they yelp not due to pain but from shock or surprise of falling and hitting the ground. Dogs are quite stoic animals and don’t show pain if they can help it; but if you are noticing limping, increased breathing, panting or behavioural changes I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for a quick examination and a set of x-rays (if the Veterinarian is concerned about a fracture). Plain old baby aspirin is safe to use in dogs at a dose of 5-10mg/lb twice per day but only administer if you believe Rocky is in discomfort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

i have a beshon femail dog she jumped off the couch sprung her or hip i not for sure whitch 1 it done

i have a beshon she is a femail she jumped off the couch hert her leg i dont thamk she broke it

Y dog which is Pomeranian has two back sprain leg after running around in my house and got hit by something which I don't and I realize it after my parents told me ,I thought it would recover by itself after a few week but after almost one month it still didn't show some progress it is recovering , should I get my dog to find a vet

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Odin
Cane Corso
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Standing on ankle
Sprained Leg

We adopted a Mastiff (Cane Corso) that was diagnosed four months ago with a sprained front ankle, when he was about 7 months old. It doesn't seem to give him pain anymore, but he is very reluctant to put weight on it, and is now almost always standing on his ankle (folding his paw). What can we do to fix this so that he is building the correct muscles? Should we splint the leg, or is it so late that we need to consider surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Don’t splint the leg, I know it may seem a cheap fix (which may lead to other problems if done at home) but generally with these issues you need to consult your Veterinarian to determine if a surgical approach is required or not; your Veterinarian will do flexion tests and may take x-rays to get a better picture of what is happening so that they can give a recommendation for management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kona
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
no pressure on front leg

I took Kona (2 year old Lab, 65 LBS) out Hunting for pheasant on Saturday and we hunted pretty hard for 4 hours. The next day, she had a slight limp in her right leg. By Monday, she wasn't putting any weight on her leg nor touching it to the ground. She is holding her leg slightly away from her body but she won't let her paw touch the ground. I had her lay on her side so I could feel up and down her leg. She whimpered and winced when I flexed her wrist down and she had a similar reaction when I flexed her elbow. Her elbow feels stiff as well in comparison to her other leg. Is there a ligament/muscle that runs from the wrist to the elbow?

It's now Tuesday and it's in the same condition, no pressure on front leg. I have given her a 325 MG Aspirin on Monday, and Tuesday.

Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Kona it is difficult to say what the specific nature of the injury is (nerve/muscle/bone/other); many times rest is best and allowing rest for a few days will result in better mobility. There are a few different flexor and extensor muscles running in that area but most likely this is a joint injury opposed to a muscle injury. Aspirin is not a licensed medication used in dogs but is used widely as an over the counter alternative; for Kona’s size the dose given is at the lower end of the accepted dosage range. I would rest Kona for a few days and take her outside on a lead to do her business, if there is no improvement by the weekend I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.merckvetmanual.com/pharmacology/anti-inflammatory-agents/nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs#v3337669

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Luna
long haired chihuahua
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

my puppy jumped off the bed this morning and ran to the kitchen. When she jumped she was okay, but when she started running that's when she cried. She is limping right now and doesn't want to put weight on it. she keeps on moving as if it doesn't hurt, but i can see that it does. Should i be worried? Should i take her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may just be a sprain, in which case some strict rest would help her recover; but it may also be something more serious but that would need to be determined by your Veterinarian. Try to keep her rested and limit movement (put her in a crate if necessary) to prevent any further injury; you should see gradual improvement over the next few days, if not or you notice an increase in pain, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
black mouth cur
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

looks wrong
pain unable to bear wt

Medication Used

Rimadyl

Leo is 12 and occasionally strains an ankle. He is a long legged,boxer body type. Seems he has hurt his left ankle; no swelling but limps and cannot bear weight. But what worries me is his leg about his first joint looks so bony compared to the other side, and seems to be caved in along the sides. He gets 1/2 rimadyl am also giving an herbal aspirin 2x daily applying herbal pain relief and a splint
during the day. He wants to be active, and eats and poops normally. I wish I knew what a sprain or an internal broken bone looked like, cannot find any pics. What does this sound like to you? This is the third day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should be giving Leo plenty of rest and not letting him get up and about, crate rest is best (just let him out to do his business) but ideally you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination; the majority of times when there is a fracture or dislocation, your Veterinarian would need to taken an x-ray to fully understand what is involved since just looking at the leg in mild and moderate cases doesn’t really tell us much. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spring
Toy or Miniature Poodle
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Arched back

My dog jump from a table and land on his front. She scream for a solid 30 seconds. She seems fine and was able to walk on both legs. However when she walked, I realized she arched her back. She also was not as active after the fall as she was before the fall. Her right leg, when stretched, she screamed a bit. We put some ice pack and there seem to be no sign of swelling. Should I be worried? Should I take her to the vet? She is able walk on both of her legs and jump on top of a treadmill. Its just the arching that worries me. She just looks a little bit languid.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Arching of the back is indicative of pain, I would strongly recommend having your Veterinarian take a look at her to be on the safe side since there is a risk of injury to the abdominal organs. Also, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian now during normal hours than to find a problem on Sunday which would warrant an out of hours fee. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blanco
Corgi
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog, Blanco, half corgi and half Alaskan Eskimo, weighs 23 pounds and is years old. He is a rescue and has had lyme disease 3 times, twice before I got him and once since. He recently started limping from his front right paw. I have touched it and it does not feel hot/warm to the touch nor does he yelp. I am unsure what to do. Can you offer me any advice? Thanks so much for any help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of limping in dogs which may be due to joints, nerves, muscles or other injury; initially it would be best to give Blanco plenty of rest, but if you see no improvement over the course of the week you should have your Veterinarian take a look as it can be difficult to detect pain in dogs since they are stoic and hide their pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snoopy
French Bulldog
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My French Bulldog puppy suffered an injury on his front left leg. He was not putting weight on and was screaming in pain when he did put weight on it or tried to move. I took him to the vet and luckily no broken bone from what Vet said but did not get a concrete answer either. He said maybe a pulled muscle/sprain. They gave my puppy a steroid and pain medication shot and medication to take home (steroids). I taught the vet would splint his leg to avoid getting hurt any further but he has it wasn't necessary. My puppy has improved but is not 100%, he can walk but limps before he couldn't put weight on the leg. It's been 2 weeks since the injury I just want to make sure if there is anything else I can do as I did not feel 100% confident with what Vet told me. He has continued to take his steroid medication, plays, runs, walks but does so limping. it just breaks my heart to see him like that.

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/condition/sprains

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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People seem to think that splinting a leg will do something miraculous, but rest is best; movement restriction and pain management is the best cause of action for these cases. You should make sure that Snoopy isn’t running around whilst he is still limping, once the limp is gone you can reintroduce exercise and playing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beijing
Pit Bullmastiff
7 years old
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Beijing was running around the house and slipped on my kitchen floor and smashed into the wall and when she got up she was limping so I took her to the vet and she only has a sprained leg so it was wrapped and was giving medication for pain but a week later she still not able to put weight on her leg ! Is that normal and how long is the healing process and when will she be able to put weight on her leg .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately, this is a ‘how long is a piece of string?’ moment; the severity of the injury and any possible nerve injury will have an effect on the recovery. During recovery, it is important to restrict movement completely and only take outside on a lead to do business and then back to strict rest. You should start noticing general improvement over a period of time, but don’t expect a limp on day and to walk normally the next. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Keida
Labrador/Golden Retriever,Australian Shepherd mix
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog was outside playing around 10am in the snow when she took off to run and must have injured her front, left paw. She whined and stayed in place. We came to get her and she limped into the house with us. Since then, we have been icing it and letting her rest. It is now almost 4pm. She has consistently let me check her range of motion and press on the injured paw. When comparing to the other front paw, it doesn't seem noticeably swelled or different. She shows no signs of pain, but when she gets up to walk she attempts to put pressure on it and ends up limping around. She is still interested in treats and limps around to be near us.
Is there a way to tell if this is a serious injury or if it's a sprain and what grade of sprain? What should I be doing for her at this time?
Will it be okay to wait a few days before taking her to the vet to see if the condition improves?

Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes in snow, sand or other conditions the paw may get stuck and twists which leads to a sprain; many times this may resolve itself with strict rest with improvement seen over a number of days. I would keep an eye on the leg for now and if there is no improvement after two or three days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to see if there is a more severe injury than a simple sprain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frankie
Akita
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

It's very icy locally at the moment, and I noticed Frankie slipping a couple of times on our morning walk, but didn't hear her cry out or anything at any point. When she got up from a nap this afternoon, I noticed that she was limping on her left front leg - she is using it with paw flat to the ground but is clearly favouring the other side. There is no visible damage or swelling to the pad or leg and she is letting me handle it without complaint. I assume she strained/sprained it when she slipped - what should I do with her to help it heal quickly?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases it is really a case of rest is best, just take Frankie out for short walks to do her business but bring her straight back in; you should see some improvement over a few days with appropriate rest. If you see no improvement by Monday or the limping gets worse you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Saxon
German Shepherd Dog
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Licking

Hello my 9 month old German shepherd has started limping today and licking around his paw a lot he had a play fight with his brother two days ago nd heard a loud yelp nd today he started to limp nd not want to put pressure on his front paw

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Saxon. If he is not putting weight on his foot, and it has been a couple of days since the original injury, he should probably he his veterinarian to make sure that there isn't an infection starting. If he has had a strain or sprain, he can get some pain medication. If it is something more than that, your veterinarian will be able to examine him and determine how to make him comfortable. I hope that he is okay!

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Sophie
Yorkshire Terrier
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog Sophie is a tea cup Yorkie and recently jumped off of my bed from a 2 foot fall. She is 8 months old, full grown, and only three pounds. She hurt her left hind leg and was limping on and off of it. She puts pressure on her hind leg and jumps on it. She does not seem to limp on it as much anymore and she shows no sign of pain or hurt when I touch the area. Because she is so tiny I am worried if it will just start happening at random moments. Is her injury that severe.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If she has improved and is no longer limping on the leg, that is a positive sign that she may have had a sprain or strain, and she may have recovered. To make sure that she doesn't have any longer term injuries, it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian - they can perform a full exam and identify any problems that might have occurred.

Thank you so much. It is so sad to see her in pain, but good to know she is getting better.

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bella
Labrador Retriever
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I accidentally step on my labrador puppy on her left rear leg while she sneak behind me. she was limping on her injured leg. does she need an x-ray right away. i have checked her legs but no signs of broken bones. will she be alright? because we could not afford again expensive vet fees. thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend an examination by a Veterinarian since your weight versus a eight week old puppy may result in a severe injury; whilst you may not have broken any bones, ligament injury or muscle injury are possible. If you want to give it a few days if she isn’t showing signs of pain, you should ensure she has plenty of rest and isn’t using the leg; however I would recommend a visit regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Honey Bee
Snorkie
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi I have a 4 month old yorkie/snorkie who has been limping on her hine right leg for a few days, she won’t put any weight on it and it seem to be a little swollen, she lets me massage and stretch her leg so I don’t think it’s broke, well I’m hoping it not ...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Honey Bee should be seen by your veterinarian to have an examination and assess that leg. Small breed dogs are prone to knee and hip problems, and she may be showing the signs of something that requires treatment. It also may have a hairline fracture. I can't tell without examining her, so she should be seen by your veterinarian. They may be able to tell what is going on, and they may need to take x-rays to assess what is happening. I hope that she feels better soon!

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Bailey
Cane Corso
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No weight bearing
Restless
Crying
uncomfortable

My do is not putting weight on his hind left leg he cries when he tries to lay down, but i have applied pressure to every possible area of his leg and gotten to response from him. He ran away last night while being walked by my son his leash got caught and possibly made him fall while in mid sprint. My son did not see exactly what happened

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various places which may be injured from the spine down to the paw; it can be difficult to see pain in dogs during an examination as they are stoic by nature and hide pain well. Rest is usually a good healer in these types of cases, but I would recommend having Bailey checked over by his Veterinarian to be on the safe side and to get some pain relief as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you.

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Meiko
English Bulldog
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swollen leg
swollen thigh
Loss of Appetite

I got home to my puppy Monday 1/8/18 and he was limping. He did not want to put any pressure on his right back leg. I took him to the Vet Tuesday 1/9/18 and they did x-rays and said there were no broken bones. They gave me NSAID's for my puppy. Wednesday 1/10/18 his leg was almost double the size. I iced it about 3 times a day. He does not want to eat any food but has been drinking water. I gave him his medication and today Thursday 1/11/18 his leg is still very swollen. What should I do ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are seeing an increase in the severity of the symptoms (swelling etc…) you should return to your Veterinarian for a more thorough examination; keeping the leg cool may help but the swelling may need to be treated differently or may be caused by the accumulation of lymph. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
King Charles Spaniel
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted

My dog slipped on ice down the stairs of our deck. She was unable to get up and come to the house. I had to go carry her in. She has now been laying in her bed and not moving her back legs for a little over 8 hours now. She is able to move around in her bed by using her front legs, but hasn't left her bed.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Daisy needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately. If she sustained a trauma to her back, and surgery is needed to correct the damage, time is of the essence to prevent her from possibly having no use in her hind legs. I hope that she is okay.

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Lucas
Chihuahua
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Shivering
Pain

Medication Used

Nothing

I took my dog outside to go to the bathroom and he seemed a bit odd I started searching to see if anything was wrong. I went to touch right below his chest and he whimpered then I tried stretching out his leg and he cried out. Can it be a sprain or is it something else.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Lucas, I can't determine what might be going on with him, but if he is acting abnormally, and srying in pain, it would be best to have him seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, determine what might be wrong, and give him any treatment that might be necessary.

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Ellie
Australian Cattle
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My daughter grazed our Australian shepherd mix on the read right leg on her tobaggan yesterday...the dog ran right in front of her. She yelped uncontrollably for about 30 seconds, limped for awhile, and then was walking on the leg. I had her rest for the rest of the day. When I get her out of her crate, she jumps up on her rear legs, and walks ok, but intermittently brings up the leg. She is eating, happy, and not licking or sitting Awkwardly. Just bringing up the leg intermittently. My husband thinks we should just rest her for a couple days and see how she does, I’m worried about a torn ACL. She will allow me to manipulate the leg and whimpers on occasion when I do, but not consistently.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Ellie is consistently putting more weight on the leg, and seems comfortable, there should not be any problem continuing to rest her and limit her exercise until she is returning to normal function. If she is holding the leg up, or seems uncomfortable, she should be seen by your veterinarian for an examination. It is possible for her to have strained her ACL without tearing the ligament, so if you are concerned, it might be best to have her seen. I hope that she is okay!

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Princess
pitbull
13 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

mixoclan

I TOOKY DOG TO THE VET UP THE STREET AND PAID FOR SEDUATION AND XRAYS ANS AHOTS FOR PAIN AND THE VISIT TO WHICH COST ME 485 DOLLARS AND THEH TOLD ME SHE HAD NO BROKEN BONES AND SHOWED ME THE XRAYS ANd then CHARGED ME 20 FOR MIXOCLAN AFTER AND SENT HER HOME WITH ME HER LEG LOOKS A BIT BETTER I HAVE HER IN A CAGE BUT WHEN I LET HER POOP N PEE OUTSIDE HER LEG WOGGLES FROM THE BOTTOM I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUT A BANDAGE OR WRAP since she is only 13 weeks ANd still like a puppy they said her bones were still developing happen Tuesday as she walks n picks it up and once she has it up it wiggles from the bottom

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases rest is best along with pain management, wrapping or bandaging isn’t necessary here but keeping her confined to a crate and only letting her out to do her business is what she needs right now. Depending on the severity of the sprain/injury, it may take a while to see improvement but after a week or so you should start seeing some progress. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gregor
Mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping and swelling

We recently moved into an apartment, and our somewhat anxious dog freaked out when we left him inside to bring in some of our things. He knocked the screen out of the window and jumped out (we're on the second floor) I'm guessing he landed on all fours because the only thing that seems to be bothering him is his front left ankle. It's swollen and he barely puts any weight on it. This is day two and the swelling has gone down slightly. The only time he cried
was initially for a short time. He's eating fine, and in good spirits wanting to play and getting excited to go outside. Just a sprain?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Gregor it is difficult to say whether it is a simple sprain or something more serious; you should allow Gregor to have some rest and discourage activity (crate him if you need to) but if there is no further improvement by Monday or Tuesday morning you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side since he did fall from the second floor. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Queen
pitbull
13 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Should I be taking her in to get that checked or does a sprain take more than just a couple days to fully heal the swelling's gone 100% there is no more.. she is eating, playing, acting herself.. just babying it, no crying either.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If it has been more than a couple of days and Queen still seems to favor the limb, she should probably be seen by your veterinarian for an examination, as she is a young dog, and you want to make sure nothing happened that is going to affect her long term bone and joint health. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Ezri
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Lame

Medication Used

Tramodol
Rymadil

My dog sprained her right front paw 2.5 weeks ago. She refused to put weight on it. As the injury happened late in the evening, I got her set up with an ice pack. She spent the next day at the vet. They x-rayed and gave her 2ish weeks of Rymadil and tramadol for inflammation and pain. Her entire carpal and metacarpal area was completely swollen for a good 10 days. After the swelling went down overall, the area surrounding the dorsal part of her carpal bones has an obvious swelling that's firm to the touch.took her back to the vet yesterday, additional xrays were sent for radiology consult, blood panel was done, both came back fine. They referred us to a surgeon who reviewed the xrays and thinks she needs another exam. I made an appointment but it's not for almost 2 weeks. We're doing another round of anti inflammatory meds, but I'm trying to decide if a brace would be helpful at this point. She's started putting weight on it again and apparently jumped 3 feet onto the xray table on her own (no walks for 2 weeks = lots of energy at the vet). I'm thinking about a flexible thera-paw brace to provide support while she's healing. Terrible idea?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Personally I’m more of a fan of strict rest which I’m sure you’re already doing, if she has a brace and starts walking around she’ll still cause pressure on the joint from her body weight; I would keep her in a crate or small room so she doesn’t get the urge to move. Braces are great when used for the right purpose, I don’t think it would be of much value here. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Randall
German Shepherd
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

Tramadol

My German Shepherd sprained his right front leg on Friday. We took him to the vet and they sent us home with pain killers. It's now Monday and he is still limping and constantly grunting because he can't get comfortable. The pain killers don't seem to be helping him get around any better. Should I wait and see if it gets better after a few more days, or should I take him in sooner?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Sometimes when dogs are limping, we will treat for pain if we think it is a strain or a sprain, and if they don't respond to the medication, we move on to x-rays if needed. If Randall isnt responding to the medication, it would be a good idea to have him rechecked with your veternarian to determine why he is still painful. I hope that he is okay.

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Charlie
Alaskan malamute/siberian husky
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen ankle, holds leg

My ALASKAN MALAMUTE HURT HIS ANKLE WHIME WALKING OUTSIDE. IT IS SWOLLEN, WON'T GET UP TO EVEN GO OUTSIDE TO POTTY. HAVE TO CARRY HIM. CAN'T SEE VET TIL Tuesday. Applying icepack. Should I wrap it when he goes outside

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. We never wrap dog's legs without knowing what the injury is, as swelling can cause significant tissue damage. If you can get him in before Tuesday, that would be best. If that is the soonest that he can go, you will need to carry him until then, and make sure that his food and water are close to him so that he doesn't have to mover around if he can't.

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Estella
German Shepherd
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi. My 10-week old german shepherd was walking down the stairs and got her foot caught and started yelping. She let us pick her up right away and stopped yelping after less than 5 minutes. She allowed up to move her leg and didn't make any noise. When we put her down she began limping but placing weight on her back leg still. Less than an hour after this happened she fell asleep in her kennel. Should I be worried something is seriously wrong?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that this is a simple sprain, but without examining her I cannot say for sure; if Estella is otherwise alright and not showing signs of pain at rest you should restrict her movement for a few days and keep her comfortable, if you notice an improvement gently increase activity. If there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Budha
Rottweiler
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
ankle swelling

Medication Used

Vetsulin

My 9 yo Rottweiler was jumping at the fence and seemed to land on his back leg incorrectly. He is limping some. I moved his back legs to see if it was a hip issue and I noticed a little crack sound and saw that his ankle has a soft lump (about the size of a walnut). He will let me touch it and straighten his leg some, but it seems to be painful. Will baby aspirin, ice packs and rest do the trick? Or should I take him in to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Budha myself I cannot say with certainty whether this is a sprain or something more serious; from your description I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to ensure that it isn’t anything more serious (especially with tomorrow being a Sunday). If you give baby aspirin, it may mask pain symptoms when later examined by a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chase
Mastiff/boxer
13 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Slight limp

My 13 month old mastiff mix ran away from us in the deep icy snow about 4 days ago. When we finally got him we notice very minimal pressure was being applied to his back left leg. We have him so anti-inflammatory medication and let him rest and was showing major signs of improvement.2 days ago he slipped on the ice going out to pee was fine Fri,and Saturday and most of today (sunday) but this evening started favoring it a little. There is no swelling, will let us touch him, no change in appetite at all from the beginning.is this a matter of a much better rest schedule needed or would a another trip to the vet be best? He hates to rest rest and just wants to play.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rest can be frustrating in an active dog whose name involves playing (Chase); rest is best in most cases along with pain management. Obviously without examining Chase I cannot assure you that it is only a sprain, but if he is otherwise in good spirits I would keep his movement restricted and monitor for improvement; you should also take him outside on a lead to prevent any further accidents. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lilly
Labradoodle
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Swelling
Sleepy

When my 4 month old puppy woke up today she would not put any weight on her back leg. We didn't see any injury happen so we are a little worried. I was examining her leg and it seems sensitive around her ankle. It looks like it might be a little swollen compared to her other leg. She is not crying and she is eating and drinking. Is it okay to see if rest will clear up the issue in a few days or would you recommend visiting the vet immediately?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Because you are not aware of any problems that might have caused this injury, it would be best to have her seen within the next day. Puppies can get infections and growth abnormalities that need attention, and your veterinarian will be able to examine her and determine what might be going on. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Snots
Rottweiler
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I have a 2 year old male rottweiler. 3 weeks ago he injured his right front leg. I took him to the vet and they examined him and did an xray. there were no tears or anything broken but there in inflammation in the joint above the paw and in the elbow. They sent him home with a 10 day anti inflammatory and told me to strict crate him and leash walk him for 2 weeks. after 2 weeks he was doing much better. i let him out to potty the other day and he was running and jumping and is now limping agin on the same leg. should I crate rest him again and give him anti inflammatory? if so for how long? he will put weight on it he is just limping.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Snots may need more extended restriction from exercise, given what you're describing. He may also benefit from physical therapy, if that is available in your area. Joint injuries can take quite a while to fully heal, unfortunately.

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Link
Coonhound
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

After yawns can’t close it on first
Shaky jaw

Hi my coonhound plays lots of rough tug a rope war and today I noticed he was having some jar problems mainly closing it. It shakes as he’s trying to fully close it and yawns over and over until he can comfortabley close it. He’s been doing it all day. I was wondering if it’s possible he sprung it? He’s eating and drinking just fine. Also chews his ball and been bring in to me all day. (Haven’t thrown it cause i don’t feel right playing) Just when he opens it super wide to yawn he has problems. I need advice cause I can’t afford to see a vet I don’t have penny to my name and I’m so guilty I can’t sleep.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different conditions which may be affecting Link which may include temporomandibular joint disorders or masticatory muscle myositis; either way a visit to a Veterinarian would be required to confirm a diagnosis and discuss treatment. If money is an issue, there are nonprofits and charity clinics which may be able to help, check the link below for more information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/masticatory-muscle-myositis www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Beasley
Pug
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
refusing to put weight on his foot,
Swelling

My dog sprained his knee ( at least I think its his knee) on Tuesday, it is now saturday. on Tuesday he was given 75 mg of deramax, and 2 homeopathic treatments. he has also been getting weekly cartrophoen shots for arthritis for the last month.
my concern is that his swelling is still getting worse, and it ballooned up today ( he Was laying on it for a couple of hours, not sure if that makes a difference.) and he has some dark redness on his belly and leg, and a purple spot on his knee that was not there this morning. i'm unsure if this is a normal part of the heeling process or if he should be rechecked.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the swelling is getting worse you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination, you should also be trying to rest him as much as possible to prevent any further injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jasper
Whippet
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sprained front leg

My 4 year old whippet broke his leg in April last year and it was repaired with a metal bar and 6 screws and after three month he was 'as good as new'. Unfortunately two days ago he tumbled playing with another dog and he sprained the same leg. I put an ice pack on the leg to reduce the swelling and the swelling has reduced. I intend to give him some dog pain relieve but was told he might also need antibiotics. I question this as he has no wound. Am I right to question the antibiotic medication and just give him the pain killing drug?
I would very much like your advise.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Jasper, I can't really comment on the need for antibiotics, but I agree that I'm not sure that I see the reasoning behind that recommendation. It would be best to contact your veterinarian and ask for the reason that they feel he needs antibiotics, as I'm sure they will be able to advise you on this. I hope that he recovers well.

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Bonnie
Rough Collie
4 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Limping
Wrist pain

Bonnie is experiencing pain in her right wrist. Clear symptoms started a few weeks ago coming back from the dog park. Each time she gets up after resting, she would limp a bit for a few seconds to about a minute, afterward​s​, she’d walk normally. The limping only lasts for less than a day, and only happens after extended playing. I’ve examined her front leg - moving it around, applying pressure in different areas and found that the only time she feels discomfort is when bending her wrist towards the back of her leg. A less than 45-degree​ bend is ok, but the level of discomfort would increase as her wrist bends further back. Ultimately, she would yelp in pain as it bends closer towards the back of her leg. I’ve been keeping her rather inactive lately and as a result​, haven’t seen her limping, but she still shows discomfort with her wrist bent. We ran into a friends dog yesterday and they played together for a couple minutes, when we got home she began limping again after resting.

We’ve seen her limping for a couple seconds after getting up from sleep before, but it only happens very rarely.

Any suggestion is much appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It might be best to have Bonnie examined by a veterinarian, as she may need anti-inflammatory therapy to help get over her injury. If she strained or sprained her wrist, that can take time to heal, and it would be good to have an exam to determine what might be going on with her. I hope that she is okay!

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Keli
Rat Terrier
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog is limping since about 6 days ago he is 5 yrs old an is a rat terrier and Chihuahua mix an he's not whining when you touch his leg or rubbing it shows no aggression when you touch his leg nothing but he is limping an its hard to get up from laying down

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Keli is limping and it is hard for him to get up from laying down, that leg is probably painful for him. Without seeing him, I can't determine what might be going on, but it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, see what is happening, and let you know what treatment he may need.

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Boozey
German Shepherd
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
non weight bearing
Not Moving

Hi, my 8 year old German Sheppard mix got plowed over by my other 60lb dog at the park. She fell and cried out and limped on the walk home. That evening when I got home from work she would not put pressure on the right front leg and used 3 legs to go outside to pee (had to stop multiple times to rest and carry her a few ft to the grass..). This has been the same for 2 days. No weight on the leg and if you try to move the ankle straight or bend she cries in pain. Same as when she tries to flip over or move positions - will not put pressure no matter what. There is nothing protruding, her leg does not feel hot..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Boozey it is difficult to determine the severity of the injury and I cannot say if there is a simple sprain, dislocation, fracture or soft tissue injury; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination since Boozey’s mobility is severely affected and you should get some pain relief for her as well. In the meantime, ensure she has strict rest and move her bed, water and food next to the door so it isn’t as far to go to do her business. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diesel
Pit bull
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

NSAID

how long should it take for a sprain to heal.... 9 year old 70lbs pit bull got ran over by his 60lbs dog brother and sprained his knee 3 weeks ago vet gave meds and said to rest but he is still limping it has gotten better but not 100%... so how long should it take to be 100% better and is it ok for him to get light exercise

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Depending on the degree and location of the sprain, it can take weeks to heal. Since I do not know the details of the original injury, it would be best to contact your veterinarian and ask what the expected healing time is, and when you can start to re-introduce light exercise. They'll be able to give you a better idea, as they know the details of his situation, and what medications he has been on.

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Rosie
Greyhound
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog suddenly started limping yesterday on her bag leg and is not putting any weight on it. There is no obvious injury or heat in the leg or paw although it is difficult to tell if there is swelling in the paw as she seems to be curling her toes under.
She did have a run earlier yesterday (she's a greyhound and prone to running-related injuries) but did not show any symptoms until several hours later.
She is resting today with a old compress over the paw, on short walks and eating normally. She is able to go to toilet albeit a little wobbly.
I plan to make an appointment at the vets tomorrow if there is no improvement.
Does that seem the right course of action?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Rosie is putting weight on the leg today and seems to be improving, it is reasonable to monitor for improvement. If she is not better tomorrow or is not putting weight on the leg, then it is best to have her examined.

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Bella
Pit bull
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi so i recently bought a puppy pit she is 2 months I also have another pit but his about to be 2 years they usually play a lot but my puppy was in my bed playing with my other dog and while playing she felt I didn’t see how she landed but she was crying so I pick her up and check if she broke a leg or something but then she stop and was calm but can’t put pressure on the paw she can move her leg by her self but can’t put weight on it my question it’s its this a big issue that I have to go to the vet or should I way like a day or 2 too see if it gets better ? I don’t think she in pain cause she was playing earlier but I’m just nervous and want to be sure she ok and that it’s not a serious injury.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Bella is not putting weight on the leg, and it doesn't improve to where she is putting weight on it over an hour or so, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian. If she is putting weight on it, and it is getting progressively better, she may be fine to monitor.

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Chloe
Chihuahua
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Loss of Appetite

My Chihuahua French poodle mix is suddenly limping and there seems to be slight pain. I checked her paw and tried to touch it but she instantly growled at me so I couldn't see if she just had a thorn or if she sprained a muscle. Are there any home remedies or care that I can provide for my dog without taking her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is that we’re not sure specifically what is causing her pain; is it a sprain, dislocation, muscle injury or something else. Without an examination I cannot say for certain, however you can keep Chloe’s movement restricted (crate or similar) and only take her out to do her business on a lead (carry up and down stairs). Monitor her for improvement over the weekend, but if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Keno
American Pit Bull Terrier
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping, warm to the touch
Limping,

My dog was running in the yard at full speed and shoulder checked my boyfriend, which resulted in Keno(my dog) being knocked to the ground fairly hard. He laid there for some time and wouldn’t put any pressure on his right leg for about 30 minutes or so. He would let me touch it and put pressure on it and wouldn’t respond in a way that would warrant any pain. However I could tell that he would let out a very deep and labored breath whenever I would apply pressure. He was is still running and around and getting up and down from the bed. He has now started to apply for pressure as well. However, no when I apply pressure or try to touch his shoulder he will let me for a second but then get up quickly and get away from me. I called and emergency vet hospital and they told me that it was possibly a sprain and that they wouldn’t be able to do anything for him. I’m worried and just don’t want anything to be seriously wrong.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I do think it would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian today, or the emergency clinic if your veterinarian isn't open on Christmas Eve. If he is putting progressively more pressure on it, and using it to jump on and off of the bed, it may be a strain or a sprain, but those can be made quite a bit more comfortable with anti-inflammatory medication that your vet can prescribe. In the meantime, try to rest him so that he doesn't continue to stress that leg, and monitor him for signs of worsening lameness.

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Prada
French Bulldog
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog ran outside barking along with our 3 other dogs,we do have laminate flooring so can sometimes be slippery when they run on it. A few moments later I noticed her limping then she ran out again and was limping more I quickly picked her up and have put her to rest. I have icepacks on it and will give her some metacam that I have left over. I can't see anything in her paws or any swelling but she's definitely struggling to walk on it. Anything else I can do before I get her to the vets?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Until you can visit your Veterinarian I can only recommend giving her plenty of rest, I cannot recommend that you give the Metacam (meloxicam) since i don’t know if it is in date or if it has been stored correctly; rest is best in many cases but if Prada is showing severe pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination earlier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Cockapoo
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Our puppy jumped out of our moving van today as I was going to the bus stop to pick up my daughter. I was going 20 mph and he randomly jumped out of the window. He has never done this and loves car rides so this really threw me a loop. He has been limping on his back right foot but showing no other signs. I put ice on it for a good 15-20mins tonight while he laid with me. He lets me touch his leg and hasn't cried at all. He has been licking the knee though that's bothering him. My husband will not pay for me to take him to the vet so I'm praying it's a sprain but not sure what to do. He's also eating and drinking normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand that your husband wont pay for veterinary care, a fall from a 20mph (32kmh) car can result in many injuries which may include delayed head trauma. I hope that Leo has just a sprain; but torn ligaments, fractures, dislocation and other injuries (slow internal bleed) can cause problems in the future. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog a Yorkshire terrier age 11 fell off our bed and yelped he was limping for a few minutes then the limping stopped. He was walking slowly and I could tell he wasn’t walking completely normal so took him to the vet. Vet gave him prednisone and said in 3 daysbif not improved we would X-ray him but he felt it was a sprain. Possibly hurt his back too. When we got home the limping returned and is much worse now. He stumbles over and doesn’t want to move around much. I’m worried it worsened so quickly. Should I take him back. is it normal for limping to increase after injury? It’s been about 5 hours since he injured his leg.

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Ruger
Labrador Retriever
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

my dog was running around the backyard and then he was ready to go inside so he ran towards our backdoor but he ran smack into the concrete steps. Right after this happened he started whimpering then I carried him inside and he stopped crying, now he's acting normal but he is limping on his left leg. I did a mild examination and no bones are broken and there is no swelling, and his left and right leg feel the same. Is the limping due to just trauma or is it a sprain or is he sore? He is still playing and acting normal. No swelling, still trying to run and play, just limping.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ruger may have traumatized that leg when he ran into the step. As long as he is putting pressure on the leg and is eating and drinking and acting normally, you can monitor it for the next few days - he should gradually use the leg more and become less lame. If it is getting worse, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian to make sure that nothing more serious is happening.

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Shy
Saint Bernard
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Whining
Limping
Sleepiness
Swelling

I fell on my 4 month old Saint Bernard and she screamed and bit at me for a few minutes. After I calmed her she tried to walk but she carried her back left paw up high. She slept the rest of the day. The next morning she was still crying and still carrying her paw. I noticed swelling in her paw so I started to ice it two hours on and two hours off. With in 24 hours the sweling was completely down how ever she still can not walk on that leg. When she stands at her food bowl or pottys she tries to put weight on it but she whines occasionally. She also whines when ever she rolls onto it by accident. I have been giving her 80 mgs of coated chewable asprin twice a day with 4-6 hours in between doses. I also bandaged up her whole leg hoping to provide some comfort. It has been 3 days since the incident. I can not afford a vet. I've tried applying for medical credit cards but I have been denied. I need to know I am taking care of her properly. Please advise me!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Shy I cannot say for certain how bad the injury is, it is concerning that she is whining and this may be an indicator of an injury more severe than a sprain; there are charity clinics and other organisations which may be able to help, you just need to do a bit of online searching. You should take care when bandaging as I sometimes see bandages too tight and causes more harm than good; try to keep shy in a crate to prevent movement and further injury and visit a Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ragnarok
German Shepherd
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Licking
Swelling
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Carprofen

My German shepherd hurt his leg two months ago and has since had a slight limp. Whenever it seemed nearly gone my puppy would start being super rambunctious and would hurt it again and go back to limping. I took him to the vet after a week and he said it was his ankle and it was most likely sprained they gave me an anti-inflammatory and sedatives but the sedatives did not seem to work much and once my dog took the anti-inflammatory he seemed to feel much better and would then start zooming around hurting his ankle more. It isn't as bad as it used to be but he still limps after running around or being rowdy but I'm not sure what to do to help it heal all the way. would you recommend a leg brace to help take the weight off of the affected ankle or should I take him to the vet again?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Forget about leg bracing, splints or casts; rest is best and you should restrict Ragnarok’s movement to a crate or small room where he cannot cause further injury to himself. Give him three or four more days rest after he seems ‘healed’ then reintroduce him to exercise. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beau
Goldendoodle
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Our 4 month old golden doodle was playing with the kids in the sprinkler today. As she was jumping to bite the water, she landed wrong(I assume) and began yelping for about 30 seconds or so. We brought her in the house and noticed that she wouldn't put weight on it. She allows me to touch her leg, foot, pads, joints, etc without any reaction. She even jumped up on the couch to nap, but I took her down and layed her on her bed to snooze. I'm planning to monitor her for 24 hours and take her in to the vet tomorrow if her limp persists. Any other advice you have is appreciated.
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Does this sound like it could be a break as she is so willing to let me examine her leg and slowly move it in a "pedaling" motion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Beau I cannot say for certain whether it is a mild sprain, soft tissue injury or something more serious; you should keep Beau’s activity restricted for the time being to prevent any further injury and visit your Veterinarian in the morning to be on the safe side especially with her being do young. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chloe Grace
Miniature Australian Shepherd
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Our mini Aussie Chloe started limping a few days ago. She limps,and tries to keep her weight off of it at home. When she goes on a walk, down the stairs, or to the dog park,it doesn't seem to effect her much. She still favors her front paw but still runs at close to full speed. We believe she injured herself, after she tried jumping up for a toy, that we had put on a table. The table was about 3 feet, she made it onto to the ledge, then feel. She was ok to start but started limping the next morning.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Chloe Grace has been limping for more than a couple of days and it doesn't seem to be improving, it would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian who can examine her. She may need anti-inflammatory medications or other therapy, and they'll be able to see her and determine what is happening with her.

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Roxie
Collie whippet
16 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
resting
Doesn't cry when walking with limp
Crying at the begging

Hi my puppy was playing as I chucked her toy rather than running for it she tried to jump and ended up crying in pain and would not put weight on the back leg. I immediately comforted her, she got up and walked up and down but with a limp. She even walked up the stairs but I carried her down. I have looked at her leg as well as my grandad and nothing that I can tell is broken. She seems ok and is resting but I Still a bit worried in case it is a bit more serious. What advice would you give me, and at what point would you go see a vet. I don't want to go to a vet if it's something I can treat or do as I only get a small wage and can't really afford it but obviously if you have anyadvice I will follow it or if in the meantime I get more worried about the leg then I will get her in the vets straight away. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Roxie I cannot determine the severity of the injury or know if rest is sufficient or if any treatment is needed; however, if Roxie isn’t vocalising pain and just limping a little you should keep her movement restricted (crate etc…) to prevent walking, running, jumping or playing and monitor for improvement. Bone injuries in growing pups can cause issues as they grow so you should keep an eye on things and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement over the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zena
Rat Terrier
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Holding leg up
yelps if move leg
won't pee
Sleeping alot

Hi,My dog ran down porch stairs,pulled leg muscle and ran under truck whimpering,she holds leg up only yelps if legs moves will not walk at all,eats/ drinks well ,however will not go to pee because she cannot squat to pee its been 8 hours no urinating just sleeping resting her leg.do i call vet?go to vet?give in time to heal,worried shes not peeing yet?

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