We have a 9 week old yellow lab. This morning she went over and bit my 8 month old (playing, of course). My husband said she wouldn't let go of my daughters clothes, so he pushed Emmie (the pup) away fast since our daughter was screaming, and she fell onto her right side. She started yelping so loud, it was horrendous. I picked her up immediately, and within a minute (the longest minute ever) she stopped. I held her for a few minutes, put her down, and continued to limp on her front right paw. I've massaged it, and haven't found any tender spots on her. I have put her in the crate to rest. Our vet is closed, and I don't know what to do. She doesn't seem in any pain, but I'm worried.
ETA: It's been about 1.5 hours. She's spent 45 minutes in her crate when she cried to go outside. She limped, but seemed OK, she attempted to run after our 5 year old lab without difficulty. When she stopped, she continued to limp on the leg.
Sounds like a muscle injury. Compared to her left front paw, is there any swelling or bruising? I'd try to keep her from running and playing with the 5 year old until you can have the vet look at her. Any sudden strenuous activity could just make it worse.
No, no tenderness or swelling noted. I've manipulated her arm in many directions with no tenderness or guarding noted. I just took her out again and It seems to be improving with less limping. The vet is closed tomorrow...I don't think it is necessary to take her to the emergency vet?
as long as you take her to your vet asap when they open - and take her to emerg if she yelps, gets lamer, sops eating or being normal you'll probably be ok
I would keep her crated and very quiet in the meantime
green stick fractures aren't uncommon in puppies her age and running on a fractured bone can really complicate things
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Most definitely. She is not limping right now, and when she does, it is very hard to see it at all.
Well - maybe I am just cranky tonight - but may I ask why your infant child is in the reach of your infant puppy? You should not be allowing any interaction here. At all.
And - "pushing the puppy away fast" in a manner that caused her to fall sideways and be hurt - sounds like a this may have been too forceful - maybe? She is as much an infant as your human baby. She needs gentle handling and you need to set her up for successful interactions in your household. Anytime that a puppy hurts a baby - it is the owners fault and responsibiity.
I am sorry if this offends. You have a lot of your plate with 2 babies to care for - I sympathize - but please control the situation to keep them both safe.
Sharon, you make a great point.
Hopefully the puppy isn't hurt. We haven't seen an update as to whether the pup is still limping or not.
Your husband also needs to realize that a puppy is small and fragile too. The puppy wasn't letting go of the infant's clothes...of course not, the baby's screaming, that's inciting the pups excitement over the situation. Things usually go wrong very quickly when kids are allowed to scream and shriek around puppies, that usually riles them up even worse. Do a little practice with the pup so that the next time she is attached to your child's clothes or blanket, you can react calmly. With one hand, just slip your fingers between the pup's teeth and loosen the grip, and remove the child from the situation. Or else pick the pup up and put it in an xpen, and then attend to the child.
I think it's a bit unfair to chastise her for keeping the baby and puppy together, and also for the dad to react in that way. Accidents happen and parents obviously react in a way to save their baby, not a puppy! if your baby and puppy were drowning would you save the puppy instead? hmmm. People need to get a grip sometimes.
This thread is 2008.
Often I wonder how these pups are and if they are still around.
4 year old thread. Always has me curious, usually newbies drudge up old threads as they are having a similar problem. Interesting first post from you.
Yes accidents happen, but this is hardly a case where there has to be a life or death choice between a baby & a puppy, so don't go overboard. An adult with a human and canine infant in their charge should have been able to assess the situation for its actual threat and proceed accordingly. The husband used excessive force. Bottom line.