I was on the computer in another room and just heard my almost 12yo border collie mix yelp from another room. Shes not putting any wt on her back leg. She's been in the house all day......cant figure it out.......
I wrote out a long post and it disappeared into the internet ether. So, the short and sweet....<br><br>
Do you have stairs? Does pup get up on the furniture? (I'm trying to determine if your dog might have been jumping off of something when the yelp occured).<br><br>
Will dog let you touch the leg? Have you done the quick and dirty check of the paw to make sure nothing is stuck in there? A stray sewing needle, pencil lead, leggo? Is she refusing to place any weight at all on that leg? In other words, is she hopping or is she limping?<br><br>
If it is not just something stuck in the paw, your dog's limping could have any number of causes - from an ACL tear to a simple muscle sprain. And, if you are not adept at manipulating canine joints and know how a healthy one should feel, I doubt you are going to be able to diagnose without a vet's help. If dog will tolerate it, you can have her lay down and gently move the various points on her leg (foot, knee, hip) to try to isolate the pain to better describe to your vet.<br><br>
Until she can be seen by a vet, I would keep her as quiet as possible if she is refusing to bear all weight. If she needs to go out, carry her down stairs (if she is small enough) or sling a long towel under her belly to bear the weight of her hind legs for her. If you can't get to a vet for a day or two, you can give a dog aspirin (never ibuprofen, never tylenol) if she is in significant pain. But, pain (after an injury) is not always a bad thing for a dog - it keeps them from doing stuff they shouldn't be doing on that injured leg.<br><br>
I hope your pup feels better soon.
Thanks for responding.<br><br>
We dont have any stairs......and she's been inside the house most of the day.<br><br>
Im a massage therapist, so im familiar with basic canine musculature, just by having had dogs all my life. I felt around and she does has some swelling near the inside of her back leg. I checked her paws and everywhere else on her hip/leg area, she only seemed sensitive on the inside leg, near the outside of her femur.<br><br>
Thanks for the towel idea......she wont go out the dogdoor and I was trying to figure out how to get her outside so she could relieve herself.<br><br>
My friend, who used to be a vet tech recommended a buffered aspirin, so dh is going now. I think Im going to wait on taking her in for now........ see how she does...<br><br>
Will she let you bend her knee? (Most dogs resist this a bit at all times, but if it is hurting, she'll probably resist quite a bit). If she WILL let you do it without a ton of pain, put your palm on the top of her knee while you bend the leg. Does it feel the same as it does if you bend her other hind leg?<br><br>
Your description of a yelp and then not bearing weight on a hind leg made me a bit concerned because that is a common description from owners whose dogs have injured or torn an ACL. It often happens when a dog is leaping down from something. In a younger dog, a porch perhaps. In an older dog, something as small as a couch if the ACL is brittle or worn from age.<br><br>
My own dog had an ACL repair 2 summers ago. I don't know what the final injury was, he never yelped (that I heard) but the vet figured it was mostly just wear and tear and then he probably just slipped at exactly the right (or wrong!) angle. So, having dealt with a gimpy pooch (who is now mostly limp-free!) , I feel for you.<br><br>
I'm hoping that you are just dealing with a muscle strain and that pup is all better very soon. If you are feeling swellling, you could try ice as well as the aspirin. My dog was not a huge fan, but we had to use ice to reduce swelling after the knee surgery. Oh, and be sure to give some food before the aspirin. Good luck!
We dont have anything she could have jumped down from. No stairs, and she isnt allowed on the couch. So I dont think thats what it was. But we'll see. If she's still limping in another 2 days, Ill bring her in......
I don't have any advice to help, just a similar experience. Our american eskimo would do the same thing every so often, let out a series of yelps like she'd been stepped on and then hold up a back leg. Though she was usually back to normal within a few minutes to half an hour. She even did it once in front of me and she was just standing there "normal" then the yelping and favoring a leg.<br><br>
The best we could figure was a muscle cramp, like a charlie horse. Hurts intensely for a short time, can't move the muscle then as it relaxes you're back to normal.<br><br>
Hope your dog feels better soon!<br><br>
Maia's doing a little better this morning. She was putting some wt on her leg.....still hopping around though.<br><br>
Anyone know how often I can give her aspirin? Cant find anything in any of my dog care books about sprains/strains! weird.......
How big is your dog? I can tell you my dog's dose and perhaps you can adjust from that. My vet told me to give 1 adult sized aspirin (325 mg) twice a day, spaced far apart. Jake is 60 to 65 pounds. Be sure to give food beforehand and watch for any vomiting or black tarry stools. Aspirin can cause stomach upset in some dogs, but usually, it works pretty well short term. Glad to hear she is a bit better.
Hey, thanks for asking!<br><br>
She was better in about 3 days. She's fine, though she isnt very enthusiastic about taking a walk this morning. ITs been a week, so I thought itd be ok. I think she's getting old.....12yo this coming month!