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Old 02-11-2014, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be as specific as I can, and please feel free to correct me if I am overreacting at all.

I was on emergency leave for a week to attend a funeral for a family member that passed. While I was home in SC, I took the opportunity to visit a nice holistic vet in the area, as well as get my pup (Lothar), cleaned up and have his nails trimmed.

Once I was called (2-3 hours later) to pick up my dog. I went inside and met him, as always he was super excited to see me. I noticed once we started making our way out to the truck a VERY slight limp. I honestly didn't even think anything about it at the time, because it was so minor. So later that day, I was playing around with him and the limp got worse. I do daily inspections of him for everything...fleas, sores, pads, etc, etc. I noticed a nail on the paw he was not bearing any weight on was cut very short. At first I assumed that could be the culprit. Seeing as how I am a Combat Medic in the Army, I am constantly amazed at my stupidtity with diagnosing and treating a dog..haha.

He is unable to bear much weight on this paw, but can if need be. I can't feel anything that sends up any red flags. As of right now, no swelling significant enough to notice via comparison. He simply just hops around on this one healthy front paw. I am worried it could be dislocated or fractured, since I recall the groomers stating "he reallllly doesn't like having his nails done." I didn't think anything of it. I have an appointment tomorrow with my local traditional vet...I don't make enough on active duty right now to pay out the butt..should this be a serious injury. I have talked with everyone who has been around myself or my dog my entire stay, and they are all stating they don't know of any event that could have caused it at home. So I'm pretty much sold on the idea that this injury whether it be just a very sensitive wimpy dog, or a d*** groomer who wrestled my dog happened at the groomers business. Regardless of how minor it could be (hopefully) I would think they should tell someone! If it turns out this isn't minor...please give me suggestions on the right way to approach rectifying the situation.
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I'd call the groomer and be blatantly honest and direct... and relay the same info you did in your post. I might try and make it obvious that you are not interested in finding a "culprit" but more the reason for your dog's limping......because that is what you are most concerned about..... Dogs get gimpy sometimes for crazy reasons but I am not ruling out a mishap at the groomers....hopefully all is well and your concern will be tempered soon enough....but..I don't blame you for being concerned...I'd be a liar to say I wouldn't be....I get nervous every time I see my shep take a spill running something down.

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Dog groomers are usually sweet people, and you should cut them some slack. They get paid about the same as the people who assemble your Big Mac, so you should cut them that much more slack.

If you wanna complain about dog grooming, and your dog is a GSD, well, then...It's not that difficult. Do it yourself. Doh...

Seriously, clip his nails and bathe him quarterly.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If he's having trouble bearing weight on his paw after a nail trim, try some styptic powder... unless she cut off his knuckle, NOT LIKELY, it will be No big deal by the morning.
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How long has he been limping?
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Dog groomers are usually sweet people, and you should cut them some slack. They get paid about the same as the people who assemble your Big Mac, so you should cut them that much more slack.

If you wanna complain about dog grooming, and your dog is a GSD, well, then...It's not that difficult. Do it yourself. Doh...

Seriously, clip his nails and bathe him quarterly.
People who assemble Big Macs in which I don't eat, make more than me. I wasn't complaining about the grooming, otherwise I wouldn't have taken him there in the first place. I wanted to give him a little "spa day", while I was tending to my family and at a funeral. My dog being a PTSD/TBI dog there is a lot more care and attention that I invest into him. That's one of the reasons I got him, and glad I did. I don't think you'll quite understand the depth of that. The point is, considering the circumstances and my desire to try what was reviewed as a nice place for my dog, I don't think your mentality of "quit your bickerin and do it yourself" ....really fits. So thanks for your valuable contribution of information.

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How long has he been limping?
Last Thursday was when he was groomed. The limping didn't become ridiculously obvious until the next day or so. Once I get off this 24 hour shift tonight, I have an appointment tomorrow with the vet.
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How old is your dog? Where's the limp, front, back?

You can try homeopathic tincture (comes in pills or liquid - go with liquid) "Traumeel"....I can attest that it worked amazing for my 9 yr. old dog who pulled a stupid stunt going after a cat (sigh)...a few hrs. after the incident, night and the next morning walk he was walking like a stiff robot...ran to health food store and got him traumeel...I administered it every hr. 4x...on the afternoon walk he started slow, about 5mins. in he picked up the pace, had a wag going and went into a little trot. I cont'd it for a few days. Whenever he seems a little stuff I throw 10 drops in his fresh water . But the initial dosing I lifted side of his lip.

R&R and leash walks (and noted above), is best to heal a mild to moderate strain. Just don't want to see your dog end up on NSAID prematurely. If anything Tramadol for pain, but that's only if dog is not wanting to get up to go out (same for NSAIDS - drugs are over-scripted)

If the nail was cut too short, soak the paw in some warm water w/Epsom salts and put some antibiotic ointment on quick (sp.? lol). Maybe getting infected if exposed...do that 2-3x per day for 5mins. for 5 days approx.
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Was this really necessary? Lots of people are uncomfortable doing their dog''s nails so they take them to groomers and expect those groomers to take care of business correctly since, you know, they've chosen to to do that type of business. If the groomer knew the dog didn't like having it's nails cut and couldn't do it without harming the dog then maybe she/he should have passed on that. Do mistakes happen sometimes, sure they do and most likely the groomer doesn't realize the dog is hurt.

To the OP, I hope your pup is ok but I would call and let the groomer know so she/he has the opportunity to revise the way they handle a dog like this in the future.


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Dog groomers are usually sweet people, and you should cut them some slack. They get paid about the same as the people who assemble your Big Mac, so you should cut them that much more slack.

If you wanna complain about dog grooming, and your dog is a GSD, well, then...It's not that difficult. Do it yourself. Doh...

Seriously, clip his nails and bathe him quarterly.

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Old 02-12-2014, 07:26 AM   #10 (permalink)
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do you think the dog could have pano ?
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