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How do I know if my dogs foot is broken/sprained/bruised

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How do I know if my dogs foot is broken/sprained/bruised?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 years ago.
What is the age and breed of your pet?
Is it a back leg or front leg?
Is your pet favoring/limping on the leg?
Any visible swelling?
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
the breed is a pitbull he is 4 months old. It is the front leg that he is limping on. He can put some wait on it but not much. I don't know how to tell if it is swollen.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 years ago.
You really can't. I couldn't describe how to evaluate the entire limb. At this age, a persistent limp or favoring of the limb that occurs suddenly could easily be a fracture or other soft tissue injury. Also, for a front leg, we could be dealing with shoulder or elbow issues, especially for the breed.
Absolutely, worth having a vet examine the leg and perform a good palpation and range of motion of the limb to see if they can isolate the problem and determine if x-rays are needed or not.

Hope that helps
Good Luck
Dr. Andy
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