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How do i know if my dog was hit by car...she came home after missing a day n she didnt walk up she barked until i went out n i thouvght maybe it was just shock she stood up last night o her legs i cleaned wound shes been eating n drinking i havent seen hee up today but last night she got down off couch i guess cuz she was on floor yhus morning....i dont kno what to do in scared im broke and shes my best friend

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help with this concern about your dog.

I am a licensed veterinarian with over 30 years of practice experience...just to reassure you that I'm not a computer or robot.

Please give me a few minutes to type back a response for you. Deb

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

It's going to be extremely difficult to know for sure if she's been hit by a car but if she has lacerations or wounds on her legs or body, then it's a reasonable assumption that she's suffered some sort of trauma.

The fact that she's eating and drinking and doesn't have a large number of wounds on her body is, obviously, a good thing; however, the fact that she doesn't want to stand or move is a little more concerning. It's possible that she's just really sore and achy and bruised which is why she's not walking around in which case, she should improve over the next few days. But, if her spinal cord has been injured, then this may be more serious.

It may not be easy to tell what's going on without a thorough physical exam but you could pinch in between her toes: if she immediately pulls back, this is a good reaction since this is a reflex and normal. If she doesn't move her legs at all when you pinch pretty hard, then this may mean that she has damage to her spinal cord. If that's the case, then the sooner she receives vet attention, then potentially there will be a better outcome for her although I do understand your financial situation.

As long as she's not vomiting nor currently taking any steroids or nsaid medication, then otc Aspirin can be given which has not only anti-inflammatory but anti-pain properties as well. The dose would be 5-10 mgs per pound of body weight twice a day, given with food to avoid stomach upset. My only hesitation about its use would be that it might interfere with what a vet would want to prescribe if you have her seen but a few doses should be fine.

If she's struggling to stand up so that she can go outside to urinate/defecate, then you can use a towel wrapped around her midsection to help her stand and help support her body weight if she's a middle to large sized dog. Just be gentle (which I know you will be) when you lift her.

I hope this helps and that she just needs a little more time to recover from her injuries. Deb

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Hello again,

I'm just following up on your dog. How are things going with her? Deb

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