I had him lay down, massaged the leg and checked his paw, none of which seemed to bother him. As soon as he got up he hobbled around with the one leg suspended off the ground.
When he lays down he lays on that side and doesnt seem to have discomfort. the only thing noticeable is when he walks he keeps his left rear leg suspended?
WHat should I do at this point? definately going to the vet on Monday, but as I said it doesnt seem to be bothering him so cant see it as an emergancy visit?
What do you all think? maybe he just pulled a muscle on the ice? should I massage ligament cream or anything to help?
right now just looking for any opinions on what to do for my boy.
|It's possible the injury is in his toe, believe it or not. I had this happen with my girl last winter on her front leg. I watched her twist on the iced over snow in the dog run & she came up limping. Right off I figured shoulder injury. Got to the vet the next day & she showed no signs of pain or stress or anything unusual feeling when he manipulated her shoulder, elbow or wrist. When he touched her toe, she pulled back & when went over it you could feel it was stoved. Took several days of on lead walking to go potty & she was back to normal.|
It's possible the injury is in his toe, believe it or not. I had this happen with my girl last winter on her front leg. I watched her twist on the iced over snow in the dog run & she came up limping. Right off I figured shoulder injury. Got to the vet the next day & she showed no signs of pain or stress or anything unusual feeling when he manipulated her shoulder, elbow or wrist. When he touched her toe, she pulled back & when went over it you could feel it was stoved. Took several days of on lead walking to go potty & she was back to normal.
She was hopping around holding her left front leg up after running around at the park. Same deal I checked her shoulder her elbow and wrist, all were fine but her toe was really sore.
An anti inflammatory from the vet settled the pain but she got a nail bed infection which we are still dealing with.
|There isn't too much you can do probably until Monday when he sees the vet except not let him go crazy, meaning take him out on lead to potty and sling a towel under his belly to support him if he needs it while pottying, though being male I suppose he already knows how to pee with one leg in the air
Suspended rear leg makes me think CCL (ACL in humans), i.e. possible torn or ruprtured knee ligament. Hopefully not and it's something much more benign that will simply take rest, possibly helped along with some pain meds, to get over.
Hate that %$#$ ice. Scares me every time I'm out on it with my young idiots and with my seniors as well. Fingers crossed for your boy.
|Thanks for the replies! I am definately keeping him confined. master bedroom (on the bed no less) or on his leash by my side. He is using it a little this afternoon, almost like Theres nothing wrong--let me go outside and play!
But until I get an A_OK from teh vet he will be on a short leash by my side. Dam I hate going outside to pee! 5 degrees today!
hopefully tomorrow is good news.
|I'm with Kristine, my first thought was the CCL, hopefully not! Time and rest is what the vet will recommend unless the CCL is ruptured and the vet can feel it....and maybe a brief pain med Rx.
Our guys injure themselves from time to time. Unless they are crying in pain I always allow the 48 hour forced rest to see how it comes along.
|SOunds like a CCL tear. If he starts puttingt he foot down with the toe on the ground its most likely the cause.
If it isn't too bad a tear rehab therapy can help - went through it last year with my girl.
|just to update. Monday, TJ was walking fine on the leg. I had an appointment at the vet to get the puppies their shots anyway so I brought TJ along....
Vet found nothing wrong with him...All and all a good visit to the Dr. Pups got their shots and heartguard and Tj got to play with the office cat....everyone loved their visit to the Dr except for me.......writing the check!!!!!
Except the check writing part
What's the vet's reasoning for starting the puppies on HW preventative so young? And in February in the Midwest? Just curious.
|i was wondering that too, This vet and our last one recomended year round heartguard. So our adult dogs are on it year round.. Didnt Even question why starting the pups so early. Im gonna have to ask...|
|glad that turned out to be nothing. i wanted to comment over the years, my male would sprain or twist here and there, but never had a serious problem. think they know to stay off of em till they feel better. sometimes i'd check him and he'd be back on it hrs later or a day or two. i know we were lucky, the 1st time you see that, your heart sinks, omg what happened? by middle age i'd ask him if he had been playing to hard w/the youngsters. he was very vocal also, so if he had been hurt bad, i figured he woulda sang a serious whine to me.|
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