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1- How long has this been going on?
2- Any pre existing medical conditions?
3- What leg is she lame?
4- Do you know how she injured herself?
5- Any pre existing medical conditions?
6- Is she on any medications?
Friend, in any case of a non-weight bearing lameness we need to rule out either: A fracture, a soft tissue injury, hip injury (in case of back leg), a pinched nerve, etc. If she has shown no improvement since she became lame I would recommend an orthopedic examination with family veterinarian and xrays as initial screening test to determine which of the above is the underlying cause. In the meantime this is what you can do:
1- Rest her; no running or jumping. Activity should be limited to urinate and defecate on a leash.
2- Buffered Aspirin 5mg per pound body weight every 12 hours. You can buy buffered aspirin over the counter in any pharmacy.
3- Follow up with family vet for xrays and an orthopedic examination.
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