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Old 06-26-2015, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, fellow GSD owners.

Almost a week ago, my dog and I were walking around the neighborhood when a neighbor's dog ran out of his yard and attacked us both. I had to go to the hospital and, after I came back, I took my best friend to the vet to be treated.

My dog got bit on the left carpal region (left wrist, if you will). He is on antibiotics (750mg Cephalexin, twice daily and 250 mg Ciprofloxacin, twice daily), pain meds, and anti inflammatory meds.

Although he is on limited activity, whenever I take him out to go to the bathroom he walks normally and seems ready to run around, although I don't let him. The same around the house. He acts as if he's fine. He appears to be able to bend his injured wrist without issues, as he sometimes does when he lies down, and even puts his head on top of it to rest. Of course, all this may be because he's not feeling anything due to the pain meds.

His joint to me still looks pretty swollen (see attached pics), so I was wondering if any of you have had a similar experience with your dog. My question is how long should it take for the swelling to go down?

The vet said to come back in 3 to 4 weeks if the injury worsens, which it hasn't. In fact, externally at least, it seems to be healing beautifully. I've called the vet several times to find out about the swelling, but she has not returned my calls. I am thinking of taking him to another vet, but I really can't afford it (just spent $500) and, like I said, he seems to be his normal self.

Any advice and words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. As always, thanks for taking the time to read and respond.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It is swollen but injury was a week ago. Im no vet but I know the swelling can take time to go down. You can wait the remainder of the time like the vet said or get a second opinion sooner. $ 500.00 I assume he had xrays done. Just make sure his activity is restricted until his next vet appointment and swelling goes down. I hope you are all right hope both feel better soon. Wish i knew where you could get some pepper spray.
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bucket of cold water saturated with Epsom salts to the point where no more will dissolve .

put dogs paw into this . (don't let the dog drink the water)
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The vet said to come back in 3 to 4 weeks if the injury worsens, which it hasn't. In fact, externally at least, it seems to be healing beautifully. I've called the vet several times to find out about the swelling, but she has not returned my calls. I am thinking of taking him to another vet, but I really can't afford it (just spent $500) and, like I said, he seems to be his normal self.
Can't add anything on the injuries ......

Your neighbor should be covering these cost. A friendly discussion with them, then if no results; taking it further.
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Well, today the swelling seems to have gone down a little more and, given the fact that he can seem to bend his wrist without problems, I am encouraged that he is healing properly. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond.
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glad he's healing well. I use arnica(orally) for tissue damage, inflammation. It can be used for dogs as well and is safe. I recently broke my foot and tore ligaments and did arnicare gel on the foot as well as took arnica tabs...the ligaments and swelling were much less painful after a week, I think the arnica helped in the speed of my healing. I still worked every day with a walking boot, the pain is there.
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soft tissue injury is the worst! I would much rather have a clean break.

Was this xrayed? We had a dog fight between two of our one and the one ended up with a cracked bone at the site of the bite.

Alternate ice and heat. I like arnica as well. I've used it on me, my dogs and my kids. Relax and stop driving the vet nuts. they said 3-4 weeks and that's about right.

And I would be handing the neighbor the bill along with calling AC to report the attack.
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