Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
So sorry to hear that Shaylee is limping today after chasing a squirrel. The hope is that with rest and time the lameness
will resolve as if a strain or sprain, especially since she is weight bearing on the leg.
- Resting for a good week then slow return to exercise at that point to minimize risk of reinjury
- Massage up and down the leg from toes to top joint (shoulder front, hip back) to stimulate blood flow therefore healing
- Passive range of motion of the joints of that leg isolating each joint individually will help minimize stiffness and doing this once to twice daily
- Rotating warm and cool compresses on the leg, in particular any swollen joints or joints that are warm to the touch. Doing ten minute intervals of each throughout the day, warm to increase circulation while cool will help numb and relieve pain
If there is no change, significant swelling anywhere, licking
obsessively on the leg, or worsening of the lameness please have your veterinarian evaluate Shaylee to determine the cause of her injury and how best to get her comfortable.
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