My husband, kids and I took our dogs to the park yesterday to play catch. My husband rigged a tennis ball at the end of some line on a fishing pole, casts it our real far and my dogs chase it, grab it and bring it back (that is, if my husband doesn't reel it in first haha) anyways.. my shepherd was the most active with the ball yesterday and was jumping up to grab it when my husband tossed it up and around. Well, my shepherd (Kona) jumped up and fell wrong onto his back leg. He immediatly fell to the ground and started yelping. :-( We calmed him down and I rubbed his hip thinking he might have popped it out of socket (thank goodness it wasn't his hip) Joint intact, we felt his "ankle" and that is where the concern was. We got him back up on his paws :-) and he started limping... after a little bit, he started running after the ball againg, putting weight back on his foot... limping slightly, we left to go home and he seemed to be ok.. This morning when I woke up and checked on him (he sleeps right next to me :-D He was in extreme pain when I touched his ankel and it is very swollen. So, here is my delema... I called a few vets to ask their advice on home treatment if possible. (My husband is on workers comp due to an injury at work. He is in Law Enforcement and was shot on duty) so.... financially we are struggling because workers comp doesnt pay sqwat! I cannot afford a $2000 vet bill, but I am scared for my buddy! I love my dog like my children and I hate seeing him not able to run. I think he twisted it and has a spraign(IM sorry I am a terrible speller.. forgive me :-) Anyways... does anyone have any suggestions on home care that I can do for my dog? I work in the medical field, but obviously animals are different from us people.. Please help.. any suggestions are welcomed!
I would be concerned about a torn ACL. This just happened to my dog, very expensive surgery! Probably the best thing is complete rest, keep him off the leg as much as possible, very hard to do I understand. Maybe your vet would prescribe some pain meds to get him through this, and anti-inflamitory. I know there are some websites out there that have homeopathic treatment for animals. I haven't searched it but give it a try. I've read wonders from people that use homeopathic treatments. Also, maybe your vet would consider a reduced fee for an exam or payment plan, for goodness sake, your husband is or was a protector of the community, that should count for something! Maybe find out who the police department uses for a vet for thier police dogs, if your department has one, I would think that vet would be sympathic to your finacial situation, especially since your husband was shot!
In my opinion, your dog needs an x-ray, at the very least. Keep him immobile as possible, and ice his leg, as often as he will let you.It may be a bad sprain, but it could also be a fracture,a torn ligament, or a dislocation, and that's the reason for the x-ray . I'm sure a vet would give you a break, with a payment plan, and it may be as simple as keeping him rested, and managing his pain. Good luck with him.
It is impossible for anyone here to tell you a home tretment when we have no idea what is being treated. He needs a vet exam and an xray to diagnose the issue before anyone can truly offer suggestions.
Well, I'm an older gal with older ideas, and I certainly understand not having money for vet bills at this time...First, let's try complete rest, put him in a crate or bathroom where he'll be down most of the time. If And only IF you're certain he has no internal bleeding and I doubt he does, you can give a dog that size a baby asprin for both pain and anti-inflammatory. Give him one every 6 hours. Only let him up to go potty and keep him on a leash...keep him on asprin for 3-4 days or so. I'd be willing to bet in 2-3 weeks at the most, he'll be back to his old self...However, if he's not, then you will probably need an x ray, but these things usually resolve themselves. and feel free to message me
If a leg injury takes 2-3 weeks to show some improvement, then IMO that dog was injured severely enough to have needed medical attention! If it were a simple limp, and by next morning was showing improvement, thats one thing, give aspirin and rest. But if it takes longer than a day or two to back to useable, a vet should be consulted. If it were the human here that had injured thier leg and couldmt walk on it wothout pain, they would be at the docotrs or hospital, pets should be treated the same.