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My German Shepherd sprained his front leg (ankle) 7 weeks ago.

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My German Shepherd sprained his front leg (ankle) 7 weeks ago. Has been on Rimadyl 1 every 12 hours for 6 weeks. Never had any swelling. Then 4 days ago I backed him off to one pill aday. He had a busy weekend playing lots with our other dog. Now has some swelling on the medial side. He can so I don't think he has a fx. Also was checked by a vet weeks ago. What's next? Do we go for an X Ray, or go back to twice aday for a few more weeks??
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

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CriticalCareVet :

At this point, re-exam and an x-ray.

CriticalCareVet :

A typical strain / sprain - should be done in a week.

CriticalCareVet :

If this has now been going on for 7 weeks - a repeat examination and x-ray would be indicated.

Customer:

Thanks. We did not have him x rayed as two or three days later, he could run. While still limping when walking.

CriticalCareVet :

Initially - I often do not x-ray them....

CriticalCareVet :

As you did not - that is common

CriticalCareVet :

But when it has gone on this long- we should at least check...

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