What can I do for a hurt leg while waiting for vet visit tomorrow? Should I try to ice? Ace bandage? Pain relief (she has some medicine left from when hurt a leg once before)? I've got her in her crate right now and as quiet as she'll let me.
She was running at the dog park and there was a grate, her paw slipped through but she kept going. She yelped and wouldn't put her weight on the paw - there were also two red spots where (at first I thought maybe the bone was through) the fur is rubbed off. On my way to the emergency vet I stopped by my brother's house so he could take Cricket who was with me. During the drive Bella was interested in her surroundings, not yelping or licking the injury, though she continued to hold up her paw. My sister-in-law looked at the leg and at this time Bella began putting very, very light pressure on it. She was also wagging her tail, trying to lick the girls, and she waddled over to the food bowl and ate some - which is the only reason I am not now driving the 45 mins. to the vet hospital. If she yelps or whines once more I'm taking her but my brother and sister-in-law think that she probably just strained the leg and waiting until tomorrow morning to see the vet would be fine. God, I hate this...
I think you are doing the best thing already -- confined to crate. A few short, supervised release periods might be in order. If I were you, I would not medicate until after she has seen the vet tomorrow.
Yes, keep her crated, Tommorrow vet will probably give anit-inflamitorys as a first try. To make all swelling go down. Hopefully nothing broken. They want to do an xray too. But anti-inflams would be good to do.
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Personally, I would also confine her to stop her from injuring it any further and forcing her to rest it. Next, I would medicate her just for tonight, but do not give her anything in the morning. You actually want her to be in pain if she has any when she goes. But I do give them a little something to give them a decent night. just let the vet know what you gave and when, how much, etc.
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Well about 5 minutes after I posted my message, I caved and took her to the emergency vet. After a 4 hour wait where she continued to do her 3 legged limp BUT happily greeted everyone, tried to jump in their laps, licked the toes of the lady next to me and loved up to all the other animals in the waiting room, she was seen by the vet. The vet said that it did look swollen and obviously hurt as she was still not putting much weight on it, but that as Bella would let her touch it, bend it, press on it and never once protested or yelped, she (the vet) doubted anything was broken. We even decided not to x-ray unless she was still limping 2-3 days later - which she isn't though of course I'm trying to limit her acitivity as much as possible.
I will say this, I am very angry for a dog park to have a grate with openings large enough for a dog's paw to fall into. I have to admit I'm glad it was Bella though that it happened to. If it had been Cricket, there is no doubt her leg would have snapped in two and possibly worse. I'm trying to figure out who to call/write to tell them that something must be done. Even if all they do is put chicken wire over the covering.