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Old 06-01-2012, 12:44 AM
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dog hurt front leg (likely sprain) but is breathing heavily

Hi. Dog was eager to eat some chicken. He ran into the living room and slid, and his right paw jammed (for lack of better word) under a large area rug...however, he didn't skip a beat getting to the chicken that my husband was holding in his hand on a plate ready to put onto the floor. Thereafter, immediately, he was limping. We felt the leg, examined the leg, and our dog seemed otherwise fine -- no whining, no yelping, no crying, etc. This occurred at 7 p.m. and he was sitting on the couch, seemingly okay but we figured when he walked, he might favor the leg and we would take him to the vet in the morning since he wasn't yelping. I don't know if this is cruel or not; please don't judge me--we love our dog very much and have been down this road before and rushed to the doctor and it was nothing. What is troubling me, however, is for the past 2 hours (and it is 12:40 now) he has been laying next to me and trying to get comfortable enough to sleep and his breathing has been a bit rapid. He is actually sleeping now comfortably on his belly and I put a light blanket supporting him, but his breathing is still troubling me.

My husband said it is hot in here...but it is not; I put the a/c on and also have a fan circulating. He then said maybe he is in pain, which is possible.

Do I run him to an animal hospital or wait until the morning? My real concern is what if he slammed his lung or his heart? He doesn't seem to be uncomfortable but for the breathing.

Should I call the hospital? I'm almost afraid that if I do they will definitely say to come in. I have never been there. I know my vet would tell us an honest opinion one way or the other but he isn't available; his outgoing message is in an emergency go to the hospital.

What should I do?
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:53 AM
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Is his panting not normal during the summer time/ my dogs sometimes pant and breath heavily. If its normal and if all other behavior is normal then no need to fret
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:16 AM
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This panting isn't normal. I can't even call it panting...for lack of a better word it is more like heavy breathing. He definitely hurt his front leg - I just carried him outside to urinate. He hobbled a little bit; then I carried him back up. He is tired; that is obvious. He just cannot get comfortable with his breath. Other than that he has no signs of distress and I would like to wait until the morning to take him to the vet rather than the hospital, but clearly if he is in distress breathing perhaps it is more serious than his leg? He isn't showing any signs of pain.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:38 PM
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Daughter and I took him to the animal hospital last night. With the adrenaline flowing he was walking almost like a champ but you could tell he was favoring the right front leg. With the high anxiety, he seemed "normal" at the vet and with a shot of something we assumed the panting would abate. It did not. He wanted to sleep and could not stop panting; even with a closed mouth his breaths were too rapid. We took him to our own vet this morning after a conversation and agreement that the rapid breathing was not normal. They are going to xray his chest and take blood; but not xray the leg--the leg requires sedation and he had a handful of dry food this morning (we were trying to appease him). Again at the vet this morning, there was the adrenaline rush "parade walk" where his leg seemed almost good. We had to leave him there for observation and xrays and if we don't hear by 2 pm are to call. I hate this. I hate the whole thing and I hated having to leave him.
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Oh dear! Well I understand how heart wrenching it is to leave one's dog at the vets. Please do let us know what they find out. This is quite curious.
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Oh I am so sorry!!!! I fell asleep last night

I am so glad you took him in and commend you for being an amazing owner who KNEW her dogs breathing was not normal! (you sound like me haha)

Is there an update on your baby?
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awww, thank you for your replies. Update on puppy (old man) is that his leg is injured but nothing serious. He may have hurt his chest, heart, lungs...any of those...by the impact. The Xrays (3 views) showed 1) nothing 2) nothing and 3)...side view...."some busy-ness that bothers me" to quote the vet. She is my regular vet's partner; she said he may have some soft tissue injury, or could have a collapsed lobe in the lungs altho examination/observation doesn't appear so...but also she would show the radiographs to an expert this week. Then, she gives me the Xrays to take home "just in case" we need to go to the emergency dog hospital again this weekend if we feel it necessary, and to continue with the meds he has (1 for pain, 1 NSAID). Then, she says he has 3 bladder stones that she can see. He had bladder stone surgery 8 years ago, it was realllllly bad then. I guess he is prone to it because we are feeding him special commercial food UD and give him fresh chicken, turkey, occasional piece of cooked pasta, and some bones that are supposed to not matter to the bladder. I guess 3 stones in 8 years isn't terrible, and he certainly pees like there is no problem with his stream.

That written, our regular vet called today with his bloodwork which was all good, but said that something I can't remember was high but he expect that b/c it relates to having an injury. He also said his thyroid test was borderline - I guess that was run for the panting. He said he wished he could have looked at the Xrays - DOH - I knew I should not have taken them. I have to return them Monday regardless...so the "expert" can look. As to the busy-ness in the chest, he said...your dog is 12....he is old, so are we...he is at the age where he is going to have problems with his heart, and it could be his heart, but could also be trauma to the area having slammed into the floor chasing a plate of chicken.

I can tell you love your dogs--and we love our dog like he is a little boy in a puppy suit. We know he's getting old, but I promise you he is so full of life and spunk! It tortures me that he is in any pain at all. He has had 3 operation - 1 neutering, 2 bladder stones, 3 luxated patella and 2 torn ligaments. Each time they wanted us to leave him overnight and we could not. Instead, we put our mattress on the living room floor and stayed with him, carrying him outside when natured called because he is such a good boy he would not go on the paper indoors. So, you know how it killed me to go pick him up, and I could hear him barking and whining, he certainly knew we were there...and we had to wait our turn, like 45 minutes. It had to be torture for him downstairs waiting. Knowing he was panting and breathing rapidly, that stress could not have helped.

Last night, it took some time for his breathing to slow down. We are watching him intently and while it is improving it isn't yet normal. We're hoping, and our favorite doctor is leaning that way, that it is related to the injury and not the heart. We need to get over this hurdle and keep an eye on the breathing to see what the outcome is.

It is going to be devastating when it is his time. I have had many dogs in my life time, but my husband has only had this dog, and it is his little pal. I don't even want to think about it, but this situation has brought that notion to the surface. I hope it is just injury related and nothing more serious. He is the best little fella I've ever had, the greatest dog.

Thank you for your concern and messages. I really appreciate it.
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THAT is the most thorough update I have ever seen anyone give on dogforum!


One thing I picked out of there is the borderline thyroid issue. If I were you, I'd go ahead and get a full thyroid panel done on him to evaluate if he truly would benefit from thyroid supplement. Here is the lab I have used with great satisfaction, as the vet who runs it is a specialist in this issue and she is willing to correspond with you if you write her an e-mail. Thyroid is an important hormone involved in the health of all organ systems, so it is worthwhile making sure things are going correctly. (I've had 3 hypothyroid dogs)
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Tess, I myself am hypothyroid since delivering our daughter. Pregnancy pretty much ruined me hormonally. Diabetes, Rosacea, hypothyroid, fatty liver. I used to be a pretty woman; now I look like an old hag at 52... BUT, this isn't about me. I will definitely follow up on the thyroid. I want to get a week's worth of distance away from "the event" of Thursday evening which caused all the mayhem. Now 3 days later, we can see he is definitely feeling better in the leg. The breathing comes and goes but is never as horrible as it was Friday. Since he sleeps in bed and is allowed on the couch and is quite cuddly/playful and a true part of the family, we know that this breathing issue is very new. I know that one thing doesn't necessarily cause another--but it can--and I think this injury did. A soft tissue injury to the leg and perhaps the chest area, pain and maybe a little bit of shock...if there is such a thing as a little bit of shock.

Yes, I'm writing a lot likely for the need to get it out of my system. I have been basically "imprisoned" since Thursday evening, except for taking the dog to the hospital and the vet--other than that I've been tied to him -- I haven't even showered since Thursday (ewww). I'm about to go do that and leave him with my husband, and we're figuring out a way to confine him to the kitchen tomorrow, or at the very least the downstairs. I took off work Friday and I do feel he will be okay tomorrow (and I will come home at lunch also) and hub gets home around 3. I just don't want him climbing a flight of stairs, and I'm concerned if left to the 1st floor he may jump off the couch rather than use the 2 steps up. He is for the most part getting more "normal" each hour.

Anyhow, I've exhausted the forum on this topic. I thank you for paying attention to me.

Take care, Donna
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Absolutely no worries... you have not tired us out!
Hope you enjoy your hot shower and that you get some rest and recoup yourself too.

FYI, here is the lab I like to use for the thyroid test.
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Do let us know how everything is going!

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