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Hi I'm Dr. H, a companion animal veterinarian happy to assist you today. I'm sorry to hear that your Lucy is not doing so great.
In toy breed dogs, fractures are a concern with any kind of trauma. Something as innocent as stepping on the dog or a jump off the furniture can still cause this degree of injury. Most often, with a fracture, the animal doesn't bear weight on the leg at all, but with some fractures, there can still be some weight-bearing. Understanding your cost concerns, I would still advise you to have your pet seen by her regular vet. It's not an emergency and can wait until tomorrow if necessary for you. That 12 - 24 hr wait can also reveal to you whether the lameness persists or not. If completely back to normal tomorrow, then most likely it was a soft tissue injury. In the meantime, keep Lucy quiet and prevent her from jumpking, running, using stairs or rough play. Keep her confined in a kennel or small room if you have to leave her alone.
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