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Old 11-22-2009, 07:39 PM
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my dog has hurt her hock

the vets are closed right now.

The hock is swollen, she is putting some pressure on it but not much. The area is also warmer than the rest of her body. She has not been whining and when I touch it she does not complain. Does this sound like a break or sprain? I have iced it and will be taking her to the vet. I just want to know if i need to immobolize it if it is broke, and what I can do to help her feel better til she can be seen. Is there anything I can give her for pain?
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Old 11-22-2009, 07:48 PM
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it is impossible to tell with that info...basically if you can't feel a break, you'll need x-rays to tell...most dogs, and animals for that matter are expert at masking pain....
it cannot hurt to immobilize it and keep her still as much as possible...also, keep icing it...

i'm not sure what you can give her for pain...i do know that you should not give tylenol or ibuprofen....

she really needs to get into a vet asap...is there no e-vet in your area??? even a number you could call for advice?
try this site out, maybe you'll find something
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:10 PM
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oh and i forgot to add...please keep us posted on how she is doing....sending healing vibes your way....
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:12 PM
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there is one e-vet. but they are horrible. they operated on myfriends dog. Wrong leg. One of her riends had english bulldog that was havig puppies an they gave her oxytocin and ruptred her and all but 1 baby made it. And also my friends dog had cut his side open, s paid 300 to get him stitched and they stitced him wrng so she had to take him the next day to redo at her vets and pay even more. I don't trust them after seeing those problems.
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i've heard enough horror stories about different vets to understand that, but still the dog needs something, often the earlier you deal with a break/sprain the better...
i would check that site i posted and see if you could atleast find one to call in for advice...i dunno, most of the time they won't give you advice over the phone...but they may be able to tell you how to stabilize the leg and what you can use for the pain...whether or not to ice...and it may help you find the next closest one...you can call them and talk to them before you do anything else

it may also help you find an "after hours" on-call vet...which is a bit different...my vet does after hours on call and the nearest e-vet is about 45min from my town.....

anyway...good luck
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yeah i have not had any luck and they are the closest. The next e-vet is about 3 hrs from here. At this point it is best to just wait til morning. We had a vet that made house calls but I can't get them to call me back. It sucks having stuff happen on a weekend.
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I think I'd wait until morning as well especially with that e vet as my only option.

Heat and swelling indicate trauma and sometimes it's nice to put ice on the area...However I just don't know enough about dog first aid to suggest that. Horse yes I could tell you to do that Dog I'm not sure.

I'd try to minimize movement, just in case. However I think if it were broke your dog would not be walking on it all -especially without screaming.

You can give aspirin. Here's some dosing info.

Giving Your Dog Aspirin - Succeed with Healthy Animals: School for Champions
Medication - Aspirin for Dogs
http://www.adogslifetoronto.com/reso...ionfordogs.pdf

Whatever dose you figure out for your dog-go a bit lower just in case (i.e if your giving 20mg, give 15) and keep track of what you give so you can tell your vet what you gave

If you have any metacam at home you could give that instead-its better. OR maybe the e-vet would give you a dose?

Keep us posted!!
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we are going to bed now. she will still be going to vet tomorrow. But she is using her leg again. Swellin has gone down and there is no mre heat. I think icin it really helped. Crossing my fingers that it is a sprain and not a break. Bearing weight on it is a good sign though.
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Update:

It is just a sprain! I know it is werd I am happy about a sprain but I am glad she did not break it. A break for her would be bad and end her career before it really started. She has a few weeks of healing to do and we have to rest it as much as we can, so no long walks or runs in the park. But she will be as good as new soon. There is minimal swelling today too.
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Update:

It is just a sprain! I know it is werd I am happy about a sprain but I am glad she did not break it. A break for her would be bad and end her career before it really started. She has a few weeks of healing to do and we have to rest it as much as we can, so no long walks or runs in the park. But she will be as good as new soon. There is minimal swelling today too.
yay...that is such good news, and thank you for the update....and no it isn't weird lol...i'd hope for a sprain over a break too....
i don't know if we discussed this....her career....what is that?
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