Why is it dogs tend to get injured at the worst possible times? 😦
Today I am calling on other dog owners for your doggy knowledge, so if you could read this post and answer the questions at the end, that would be AMAZING.
Okay, now here’s the scenario…
Kasper is our “always gets injured” dog (although he is doing surprisingly well at the moment – maybe that’s why Zoey felt the need to take over?); he has had major tummy upsets, dozens and dozens of gashes and grazes, a cut artery and several cases of random limping that has disappeared within a few days.
Zoey, however, is very rarely ill or injured. She has been properly sick (as in vomiting more than once) two or three times in her life, cut her head once as a puppy and nicked a paw on some glass about a year ago. That is it.
So yesterday when she started limping on her front right leg, I became super stressed…all me and my partner did yesterday was stress, worry, research limping in dogs and fret. I am the King of worrying, especially when it comes to my partner or our pups.
The two worst things about having dogs is that 1) they can’t tell you what hurts or how they did it, and 2) there is so much conflicting info out there.
Most places said wait a few days, and see if the limp goes away / improves – if not: vet. Some places said sprains and strains can take ten days to recover, so give it a week. And some places said as soon as a dog limps take them to the vet immediately.
Zoey can (and does) put weight on her leg, which as far as we’ve read is a good sign. She hasn’t yelped, whined or whimpered at all. There are no cuts or lumps on her leg / joints / toes / webbing / paw. It doesn’t hurt when we move, meddle or touch anywhere. And of course, because she’s an idiot, she is still bounding about sporadically trying to play, until we stop her *groan*
We’ve put her on majorly restricted exercise. As in, out to the garden to go to the toilet, and be still in the house. As you can imagine, she just loves that!!
I haven’t seen her walk about out of bed yet, so I can’t comment on if the limp looks any better today.
(ETA we have moved downstairs and the limp seems significantly better – it’s still obviously there, but it is improved. It could be because it’s early on in the day still, but oh well, fingers crossed!)
We’ve set up a pen downstairs (5.5x3ft) which will prevent her from galloping around madly. She can also have a few toys and her crate in there to keep her happy, as Kasper will be separated by the pen walls so no chance of him resource guarding.
Would you take her to the vet? How long would you give it? How can we tire her out without her walking or running (she is already bouncing off the walls a little)? Any extra advice? It’s much appreciated 🙂