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My puppy tried to escape his cage yesterday and got caught.

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My puppy tried to escape his cage yesterday and got caught. We rushed him to the vet because he was not able to walk using his rear legs. Xray revealed no broken bones or severed arteries. He is now putting some weight on his back legs, but walking with a limp. My question is how long before we know if this is permanent, or is there anything I can do to help him...like massages. Dr. said give it time. Im scared and want to know how much time?

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist and will do my best to assist you today!

CriticalCareVet :

I am sorry to hear about this concern.

CriticalCareVet :

Based on your vet's exam - did they believe it to be muscular?

Customer:

They said that the blood flow had been interrupted and there is nothing pointing to anything being damaged

CriticalCareVet :

How was that diagnosed?

Customer:

xray

CriticalCareVet :

That can not be diagnosed via x-ray - it is impossible.

CriticalCareVet :

Blood flow can not be evaluated on x-ray.

Customer:

that is all they told me. my daughter had to drop him off - i was work. I got to him about 1 hour after she did

CriticalCareVet :

I would call them again - as this is likely a communication issue.

CriticalCareVet :

More commonly this is muscle pain that improves with time.

CriticalCareVet :

Unless there was a strangulating issue of the legs, the blood flow would be hard to compromise.

Customer:

he has indentions on his waist (i guess that would be the area) right before the leg joint. Deep ones. They look better today, a lot better.

CriticalCareVet :

Because the blood vessels, the main ones are deep - this is uncommon to be a blood supply issue thatwould give long term issues due to good collateral support.

Customer:

Nurse just told me they did a physical exam - feeling

Customer:

so basically - give it some time?

CriticalCareVet :

Yes - there is no "antidote" for this and typically it is time and pain medication as needed, along with rest.

Customer:

Thank you very much. Just a worried pet momma! You have been very helpful.

CriticalCareVet :

You are very welcome!

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