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1) What leg is she holding up? 2) Has this ever happened before? 3) Any trauma? 4) Is it visibly swollen? 5) Have you checked the paw pad for any foreign material? 6) Can you attach a video of what you're seeing?
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Without knowing what is wrong with her limb, a splint is not indicated. If this is, by chance, something located in the paw or even an abscess, the splint will make things worse. I suspect she's injured her paw and if there's swelling it could very well indicate a break. It would be advisable to have an exam performed, your vet may recommend x-rays as well, and try a few days of medication to help with her discomfort. Your vet will likely prescribe something like canine-safe SAIDs +/- pain medication. Her healing time will be based upon what is wrong. If something is stuck in her foot, removing it may be all that is needed. If there is a break, it may simply require a split (something you'd likely be unable to make at home) or surgery may be recommended. In order to heal correctly, if this is a break, your vet may need to reset the bones into alignment. They must be touching in order for the bones to refuse together. This is part of why I recommend involving their expertise as it's possible to delay or even prohibit proper healing by addressing the care at home.
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