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lkcheertex 12-09-2013 03:19 PM

Puppy slipped now limping
It's been raining here for days and everything is wet. Just took him out to potty (still raining) and he slipped on the two stairs up to the porch. Now he's limping and whining. How do I know if it's serious or just sore?

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Galathiel 12-09-2013 03:45 PM

My pup ran into a post (yeah he was reallllly ball focused), bounced off and kept going. he came up limping. I would limit activity. He may have pulled/strained a muscle and it's a bit sore. No jumping, running like a crazy person, etc. You may have to leash him and do more crate rest. My pup was on crate rest for 2 weeks and then I kept him on reduced activity for another 2 just to make sure. However, his was a bit more ... extreme. Maybe just make him take it easy a few days and see how he does.

boomer11 12-09-2013 04:51 PM

theres no way to know if it's serious by just looking at him. my take on it is if he is limping you can wait a few days to see if it gets better (hopefully a strain or pulled something). if he is whining then i'd take him to the vet. whining means he's in a lot of pain. my dog has crashed HARD at full speed a couple of times and he'd limp for a few minutes but never whined. the only time he whined was when he had pano and was limping severely. if nothing else you can take him to the vet to get medication to help with the pain.

Gretchen 12-09-2013 05:14 PM

If your dog allows this, see if you can compare the good limb with the injured one. If you see redness or swelling, I'd call the vet and see what they think being it's probably getting close to closing time in your area.

If nothing looks abnormal, just rest your dog, keep movements to a minimum and see if there are any anti-inflamatory medication your dog can take, your vet may help with aspirin dosage. If he is still whining now, I'd take him to the vet.

huntergreen 12-09-2013 07:10 PM

i would run my hand up and down the affected limb and see how he reacts, might take care of itself or you may have to see the vet. for me it is simple, when in doubt call the vet.

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