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Hello, and thanks for writing in. I'm sorry to hear this is going on with Cooper...
There are many possible reasons for the limping, including a broken toenail (some are VERY subtle, and can be up under the skin, making it difficult to find), soft tissue injury (sprain, strain, pulled muscle, bruise, etc.), or a dislocation or fracture. Some dogs will limp when they hurt, but will not show any other symptoms (i.e. whining, crying, etc.), even if the painful area is manipulated...
Thanks for that information. I doubt cutting the nails too short would cause limping at this time, especially since the nail trim was done a week ago (even if the you did cut too far back) - usually that will cause limping right away, but it goes away after 12-24 hours.
Since it's been going on for 2 days now, it would be best to have Cooper examined by a veterinarian, in order to see what the underlying problem is, and to get appropriate treatment, especially since the holiday is coming up, and most clinic are going to be closed for a couple days. It would be best to get Cooper treated now, as opposed to having to wait another few days.
If you are not able to get him examined, I would recommend restricting his activity for the next couple days. You can ice the affected leg (use an ice pack or ice cubes wrapped in a towel, and hold it on the leg for a few minutes at a time) - you can do this a few times a day - this may help with some pain and inflammation.
I would not recommend any human pain relievers, especially in such a small dog, because they can have some serious side effects. The only pain relievers I would recommend for Cooper are ones that are made specifically for dogs - they are more effective, and much safer.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if I can assist you and Cooper further.
Great! I'm glad to hear you are going to get Cooper looked at.
I hope everything goes well.
I hope you and Cooper have a very Merry Christmas!