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My name is***** and I am sorry to hear that Ginger was injured. Who stepped on her, a person? I would be concerned that she has a broken rib if she is acting in that much pain. Aspirin and the ice packs were a good first choice for her, but I think she may need chest x-rays and stronger pain medication such as Rimadyl and tramadol. How much aspirin did you give her? The normal dose for a dog her size is 325mg twice daily.
Is she having any labored breathing? Another concern was if the rib was broken in such a way as to puncture a lung. This would lead to air leakage into the chest cavity which would block her lungs from filling completely.
For tonight I would monitor her breathing closely to ensure that it is not labored. Also check her gum color to ensure that they are a nice medium pink color. As long as her breathing is normal and her gums are pink, she can wait until morning to be seen by a veterinarian.
In the morning, I would recommend taking her to your regular vet for chest x-rays. They will also be able to prescribe stronger pain medications for her.
I hope this answer helps you. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
Kansas State University
College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2001
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