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My chi twisted his leg walking on three legs but not in pain

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My chi twisted his leg walking on three legs but not in pain until I touch the sore spot ??
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
hello and thank you for requesting me. If he is not using the leg then it is hurting him even though you can touch it.Dogs are very stoic when it comes to pain. Are you seeing any swelling? Which leg is it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
Which leg is it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The right back
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok what should I do for him ?
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
This could be a torn cruciate ligament, it could be luxating patella which is when the knee cap goes in and out of the groove or it can be due to a disc problem in the back
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Said yiu could not call?
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
request the call again it may have been a site error. As long as you are in the US I can call you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes when he was little snapped in and out all the time
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
Okay then you may be looking at luxating patella, but do not discount a torn ligament
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
If the ligament is torn the vet will recommend rest and pain meds
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
you can try giving aspirin for pain for a couple of days and see if that makes a difference.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Can I give him aspirin??
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
Do not use Tylenol or ibuprofen use plain aspirin and give with food
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
I will direct you to a site on dosing of aspirin
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/acetylsalicylic-acid-aspirin
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you but do you think I need to take him in I tjin that will create more Trama
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
Take the dog out for potty reasons only and make sure there is no active play
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
Give it a day or two with the aspirin, if there is no improvement then you will have to have him looked at
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He is nt playing but does go out
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok thank you for your help
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
okay good. Try the aspirin and see if it makes a difference. It may be that he needs long term anti inflammatory drugs and for that you want to talk with your vet.Aspirin can cause stomach ulcers if used too much
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
Is there anything more I can help you with?
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
Information on the cruciate ligament http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/bones-joints-muscles/ruptured-cranial-cruciate-ligament-in-dogs
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
Disc problems: this would effect the rear legs http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/brain-spinal-cord-nerves/intervertebral-disc-disease-ivdd---thoracolumbar-area-in-dogsI have to get to an appointment. I think I have given you enough information to watch for. I will check my email when I get home to see if you need something further:)