Discomfort on the leg in which the injection was received is not uncommon, though usually these pups are not 3- legged lame. The reason I asked his breed is that some pups (especially toy breeds like Maltese
, Miniature Pinscher
) are overly dramatic and can make small aches and pains look major.
Clumbers are not known for being drama queens, and the fact that he is lame in a foreleg when the injection was received in the hindleg, is not common. It's possible that the paperwork misidentified the location of the injection, since we don't often give immunizations in the hind leg in dogs. We do this in cats for a specific reason, but in dogs that concern does not exist.
My concern would be that this is unrelated to the immunization and may be from another cause. Clumbers, with their build and limb structure, are prone to various bone
diseases as they are growing, such as elbow dysplasias
and panosteitis (inflammation of the long bone).
Since he is otherwise doing well, you can restrict his activity for the day (leash walks only to go outside for elimination and then back in his crate or confined to a small room. No running, jumping, stairs, or rough play
I do not recommend any over-the-counter pain medications, as these are not generally safe in such a young dog. If he seems painful in any particular spot, you can use a cold compress over that area. A bag of frozen peas or corn works well as it can be molded to the shape of the leg. Be sure to wrap it in a light towel or wash cloth so it's not too cold for him. Applications of 5 minutes at a time, 2- 3 times today is sufficient.
If the lameness
continues, he should be seen by your vet tomorrow.
If other clinical signs develop, evidence of significant pain (crying, yelping), fever, lethargy, decreased appetite develop, he should be evaluated today on an emergency basis.