We have never had a dog that got hurt, let a lone a puppy. We are very new to extra small pups and We have tried to be most careful with her. However,my son was running around with her and may have stepped on her leg, I'm not exactly sure but she yelped like you wouldn't believe and has been carrying her back leg ever since(10 hrs now).
Yes,yes we know we know-take her to the vet. In the meantime I am curious as to know if there is any way of telling if its broken or sprained. Also, We are spoiling her rotten by giving her things we do not usually allow her to eat and letting her lay in places we wouldn't usually allow her to lay. To us she is like our child so if my son gets hurt I spoil him the same but he knows it is over once he is feeling better. What about our pup. Should we still continue strictly housebreaking her? Can we spoil her until she is healed?
Right..we are patiently waiting for her appt. tomorrow. I am getting increasingly concerned because she can not place any pressure on it whatsoever,where as earlier she was at least trying to hobble on it...poor thing keeps flopping over when we place her on the ground to stand. I feel so bad for making her stand but she has to use the bathroom some how.
We are enjoying spoiling her rotten in the meantime. I just hope it will be easy to break her out of bad habits we are creating for her considering the circumstances.
I hope everyhing turns out OK for you. I know what you are going through. When my puppy was 9 weeks, she ran right under my hubby's foot when he was walking, and stepped on her little back paw (by accident of course, but he felt so bad, he was almost in tears).She screamed terrible for a few seconds also, and did not put any weight on it for a while. I put some ice on it off and on the rest of the day. I took her to the vet the next morning, she she turned out alright. Their little bones are so soft that they heal pretty quickly. If she cannot go to the bathroom by herself, try putting on one of the little doggie diapers they sell at Petsmart or Petco, that might help her until you take her to the vet. It's hard not to spoil them when they are hurt, but don't do it too much, because she might expect it when she heals, and then you will have to do it all the time, lol. Let us know how she turns out.
if its been 10 hours since it happened and she still cant stand or put any pressure on it, its most likely broken then. most dogs with a sprain wont hold it up even an hour let alone that long. thats always an expensive fix so hope you have some cash stored up or a credit card. good luck
We appreciate all of your responses. I just got off the phone with the vet. As it turns out she has a crack in her femur. She said it is not completely broken(whatever that means). They had to sedate her(via the gassing method) because for them to move it for the x ray was too painful for her(she yelped). Vet told me she may want to keep her over night to see how the splint is doing on her. I really want to bring her home. We miss her already. She has been gone since 8am and it is now 1pm. I think I'm going to have to be firm with the vet about bringing her home. I don't want chocolate going through any unnecessary stress.
In addition the Vet told us that when she comes home to strictly limit her activities for 6 weeks. Cuddle her and do not put her down unless she is to urinate or otherwise.
Her other mommy and I had a debate on whether we should be making her try to walk it out. Her other mommy insisted that we made her walk...I insisted that we keep her off of it...I love being right..lol
Well..we insisted that she came home. She is in my lap as I type. She has a huge cast on her leg that has to stay on for 7 days. The all together cost was $213.00...not bad at all. She was placed under anesthesia so she is acting pretty strange ..even though vet said not to feed her much, chocolate insist on eating like I never seen her eat before...I guess that's because she hadn't eaten all day due to the meds they had to give her.
She is back to her self(no longer high) and insist on running around but I wont let her. The cast/splint is so heavy I'm afraid she may break something else just dragging that thing along.
The pic you see is a pic of her laying on her cast/splint. It sucks to be her right now...shes so bubbly yet I have to restrict that. On the other hand she is being treated no different than a new born baby. I mean she never gets put down-only if she is sleeping real hard. If I move while shes not sleeping real hard she'll whine. The next week is going to be a difficult one...It is no different from having a newborn in the house folks. She even wakes us up through the night if she realizes I have put her in her own bed next to ours...she'll wake up and whine until she is back in the bed with us! Wow!
Thanks for all of yall's support and I hope this thread helps someone else who does not know what to expect when their toy breaks/fractures a bone.
Here's a break down of the total cost of the Vet:
Intramuscular injection/pain-$15.00 Hospital Procedure/splint-$20.00 Anestesia-ISOFLOURANE $25.00 Radiography- $75.00 Fecal exam-$10.00 Nail Trim-$8.00 office visit exam-$20.00 and some other charge I'm not sure of for $20.00
Yes, accidents can happen, I have read on other postings of grown people stepping on their dogs and hurting them by pure accident. Hell I almost stepped on her a few times...she's so fast and tiny and sometimes she'll sit under my chair without my knowing and if I roll it she can be hurt. Small kid or grown kid-accidents do happen.
As for the person who asked why I have not mentioned my son...it is because I thought this was a forum to discuss Chocolate and share my worries and gain support in regards to her healing process. I do not think it is appropriate here to discuss disciplinary actions taken by myself toward my son. I think that was very uncalled for and kinda' on the rude side and I personally think that calls for some personal disciplinary action of self evaluation in the "good manners" category on that particular persons behalf.
I guess people who choose not to sell small dogs to people with children also agree that parents should wait until their children are a certain age to have a newborn in the house? After all a newborn child is extremely precious and more vulnerable then a small dog. We all know of the story's of jealous first born's purposely being inappropriate in one way shape or form to the second born because of jealousy. In my opinion parents get "punished" way too much for having small children. There is always someone ready to toot their nose up at a parent with a crying child in the grocery store or restaurant. I'm sure you catch my drift. To each their own but as a good citizen of our society I must RESPECT the view's of others.
"As for the person who asked why I have not mentioned my son...it is because I thought this was a forum to discuss Chocolate and share my worries and gain support in regards to her healing process. I do not think it is appropriate here to discuss disciplinary actions taken by myself toward my son."
Yes, this IS a forum to discuss our pets, and that includes ALL aspects of pet ownership. Safety of our pets is (at least, SHOULD BE) one of our highest priorities. I don't really give a hoot whether someone has 1 child or a dozen kids. But I DO care when a child abuses a pet. And I'm not saying your son abused Chocolate-I'm sure it was an accident. But I think it was a preventable accident, and that was my only concern. No need to get so defensive.
"I hope everyhing turns out OK for you. I know what you are going through. When my puppy was 9 weeks, she ran right under my hubby's foot when he was walking, and stepped on her little back paw (by accident of course, but he felt so bad, he was almost in tears).She screamed terrible for a few seconds also, and did not put any weight on it for a while."
The above quote was from Riley1.
Did you ask her did she discipline her husband? After all "it was a preventable accident" as you say.
Now this has went to seeking support as a worried owner of a toy pup, to getting irritated by someone who chooses to respect when adults make a mistake as superior over a child making a mistake in a similar incident. Again, please evaluate yourself.
If you'd wish to turn this into a friendly debate, please feel free to shoot me a private message. I would have like for this post string to fill some other lost new owner of a toy breed with positive energy. The same positive energy I was seeking when I fell upon this well established and very informative website.
Adults are responsible for their own actions, whereas a child is an adults responsibility to supervise and teach.
I see many signs in stores that state..all children must have adult supervision, never seen one that said all adults must be accompanied by another adult.
No one stated anything inappropriate here. This site IS about pets and part of that is the health and well being, training, etc.
So many folks have no clue about teaching their children how to porperly handle or respect a small dog....BTW, in no way saying YOU did/did not....just making the point in general of why this is important subject matter.
I did not see where anyone was rude, disrespectful or out of line in the way they have addressed this thread.