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My dog hurt her leg jumping off of my bed. For about ten seconds she cried when she tried to walk, but then she stopped. It has been about fifteen minutes now, and at first she was limping quite obviously, but now she only limps when she tries to walk fast. She can walk slowly without limping. She is not whining or crying and is wagging her tail. Should I take her to a vet?
Welcome to Just Answer! I would need a bit more information in order to better assist you.Is it a front leg that she is limping on?Fiona
You have described to me a 35lb 10yr old dog who recently jumped off a bed and injured her right front leg. From what you are describing, I would wonder if she may have "landed wrong" and in so doing overextended her carpus (wrist) or jammed her elbow joint. This can be very painful for a short period of time.If she were my patient, I would advise you to keep her on minimal exercise (short leash walks) for a week, and particularly to carry her DOWN anything (down stairs, down out of the car, down off the bed) so she does not re-injure the joint.For patients that I see who have pain as you are describing, I do sometimes suggest to owners that they may be able to give some aspirin (as long as the dog has no history of kidney problems and is not on other medications) for ONE OR TWO DAYS ONLY.Please use Buffered Aspirin if you have it, and give it with a piece of bread or something low-fat to eat, not on an empty stomach.Here are links that tell you about it, with precautions and dose (which I am not legally allowed to tell you without examining your dog): http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=0&articleid=1379 http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/acetylsalicylic-acid-aspirin/page1.aspxAlso, with a recent injury, it is sometimes helpful to put a cold compress (frozen peas or corn in a bag, wrapped with a tea towel work well) to the sore joint. You could try rotating her wrist and her elbow to see if she reacts to either, and put the cold pack there.If she is not greatly improved within 2 days, or not 100% within in a week, then it would be a good idea to see your veterinarian.The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian. Fiona