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Has she been taking it easy since she initially hurt that leg?
Is she on any medications for inflammation?
What state do you live in?
Does she now, or has she ever had tick exposure?
Will she put weight on the foot at all?
Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.
The good news is that she will put weight on it...which tells me we're not likely dealing with a fracture or something like bone cancer...especially since the x-rays were clear.
The bad news is that in giant breeds, especially geriatric giant breeds, even sprains can take several weeks or even a month to heal.
It's good that you have her on medication for the inflammation and that she's taking it easy....that way she's not re-traumatizing it and making it worse, but I think at this point, the best thing to do is to just keep an eye on things. If it becomes more swollen or if she stops putting weight on it, then you should have the vet take a closer look at it, just to be safe.
I hope this helps.
If it becomes more swollen was my concern. I do realize it's already swollen.
And we don't want to use a splint because if it does swell, it can cut off circulation, which would be detrimental to the area...plus, since she's already got a bad rear leg, we don't want to take away a front leg with a splint.
If the x-ray was clear, it's unlikely to be osteosarcoma....that generally shows up as a mottled or moth-eaten appearance on x-rays.
I know that the patience part is tough when you have a dog who is injured....I always say not to go looking for bridges to cross before you need them.....so although of course I personally can't say with 100% certainty that it's not cancer....I'm 99.9% sure that it's a sprain.
you're very welcome. I'll keep my fingers crossed!!