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    DefaultLimping - When to wait it out, when to go to vet's?

    Jake fell at the park (icy part) and is limping (front paw).

    He is walking on it, ran around awhile on it (while I gathered him, not WANTING him to run on it!). He's putting weight on it. So - I presume it's not a break (even with lab pride and all taht, if it were broken he wouldn't put any weight on it, much less walk right?). But when do you know if you should go to the vet?

    If he is limping tomorrow do I lay off the walking altogether? small walks?
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    DefaultRe: Limping - When to wait it out, when to go to vet's?

    Don't know the answers, but wanted to say I hope it isn't anything serious.

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    DefaultRe: Limping - When to wait it out, when to go to vet's?

    I would rest him for a few days and just leash walk. I'm a worrier though and would probably have already called my vet. Good luck.

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    Is there any swelling? Will he let you touch/put pressure on/manipulate all the parts of that leg?

    If there's no swelling and it doesn't seem to be bothering him I'd wait it out and rest him, otherwise I'd take him to the vet.
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    Earlier this month, Riley began limping, favoring her hind right leg. I watched it for a day, limited her running, or at least tried to. By the next day, she was holding the leg way off the ground, and would not put any weight at all on it. She was also clearly in pain and kind of quivered, which I assume was pain. So I took her to the vet on day 3, turns out it was a sprain and got meds.

    Hopefully Jake has just twisted his leg.....

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    I can touch and move his leg around all I want and he doesn't flinch. So I'm going to see what it's like tomorrow morning (and no - no swelling). He's barely limping at this point.

    I freaked because when I first moved it - it seemed very "wobbly" - like it was moving in weird ways it shoudl not (the bottom part of the foot). But I just tested both feet and - they BOTH do that LOL! (and there is NOTHING wrong with the other paw). So apparently I just don't know how a leg is supposed to move

    Thanks guys. My heart sank, this guy has been thru so much and I would have felt terrible to cause more expense for the rescue (ok, honestly, I would have paid any vet care due to this myself).
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    DefaultRe: Limping - When to wait it out, when to go to vet's?

    Rest for a few days. I'd give it the weekend and rest him. If he's still limping on Monday then take him to the vet. No playing, etc. Rest.



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    DefaultRe: Limping - When to wait it out, when to go to vet's?

    Don't forget that a little massage would be helpful, just to assist circulation if there is any soft tissue damage. I think he'll be right as rain with some TLC.

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    Sending good thoughts for Jake!

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    Poor Jake. Good healing thoughts for him.
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