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I am sorry to hear Clara has this lameness.
Ideal is to have your veterinarian evaluate your puppy if this lameness does not resolve over the weekend to definitively diagnose the problem and start on appropriate medication to control the discomfort. Until you are able to do this please restrict activity (which often they are already doing themselves but that means no steps/ stairs and only carrying to go potty) and rotating warm and cool compresses on the shoulder and leg in ten minute intervals to reduce pain and increase blood flow.
You can also do light circular massage up and down the leg and shoulder to stimulate blood flow if this is not too painful and will allow it.
To pick your dog up please use one hand between front legs and then scooping behind back legs to avoid pressure in the middle of the shoulders. I have actually trained my little dogs to put their front legs on my forearm to minimize pressure on their backs and the associated discomfort because they too will cry out if picked up a certain way due to back pain.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with. I hope you are able to get your little one comfortable soon, truly. This might be a strain/ sprain or more serious depending on how the injury occurred but it sounds like there is no swelling so that is a hopeful sign
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Good evening, I am glad to see you were able to view my responses. How is Clara doing? I would love an update when you are able...Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today
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