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Old 12-26-2015, 09:30 AM
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Dog limping

Jasmine started limping this morning. I have a vet appointment for her this afternoon. I told the vet tech when I called that she seemed to be in zero pain, even when I rubbed and moved her leg. The vet tech said that even when dogs are in pain, they often hide it.
I am taking her in anyway, as we are sending the car to the shop on Monday, so I need her seen before then, but she is running round (albeit limping) like nothing is wrong. I am not taking her on her usual weekend morning walk per vets advice, but the only way to keep her still in the house would be to crate her.
Is it true that a dog in pain sometimes gives no indication?
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Old 12-26-2015, 09:47 AM
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Some dogs are incredibly tough.

My Lexy once got a nasty cut on her side, so we took her to the vet's to have them clean it. They shaved around the area and rinsed it out with hydrogen peroxide -- I'm sure it hurt but she didn't even flinch.

I hope Jasmine gets to feeling better soon!
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Well, limping is a sign of pain. But some dogs give very little signs.
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Dogs are masters at concealing pain, as it is a sign of weakness in the wild. Somehow that instinct survived their domestication over the years. By the time you see your dog displaying pain, its probably pretty severe pain. Let us know what the Vet finds.
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I'm glad I took her, she was in pretty severe pain, even though she was being really stoic, it wasn't even her leg, it was her back that was hurting and making her limp. She probably injured it rough housing with other dogs or the kids.
The vet showed me where on her back it was hurting and how her whole gait was wrong (which I never noticed as I was so focused on the limp).
She is on strong pain relief and anti inflammatories and crate rest. I have to take her back in a week .

Now I have to figure out how to keep a 15 month dog from going crazy with no excercise.
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:21 AM
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Now she won't take her pills

So Jasmine is doing ok, still limping, I am feeding her all her meals in puzzles to keep her busy and giving her a lot of things to chew.

The first couple of days I had No problem giving her medicine, one of them she likes and the other one I hid in a Pill pocket, now she has figured out how to eat the pill pocket without eating the pill. It is a small white lozenge, which judging by her reaction tastes horrible.

I tried smothering it in peanut butter, tried hotdog, chicken etc, but now it has got to the point where she is suspicious of me if I give her any soft treat.

This morning I just opened her mouth and quickly shoved it down her throat, it is not as barbaric as it sounds, it is a tiny pill and it went right down, took like a second. I then told her good girl and gave her a doggie cookie. She had her head down and was looking all sad for a little but seemed to forgive me pretty quickly (quicker than after offering her tainted hot dog)

I need to give her medicine until Saturday (when I take her back in). It seems just shoving it down her throat is the most reliable way, and it appears I lose less trust that way than offering her tainted treats.

I am just not sure I am doing the right thing, she has to have her medicine, but I don't want her to end up hating me.
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She won't end up hating you. I've given many pills that way. They get over it quickly. Now try that on a cat. Don't feel bad, sometimes you have to do something unpleasant for their health. They don't hold it against you.
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She seems fine now with me shoving the pill down her throat. I just gently open her mouth and put it on the back of her tongue, then give her her breakfast or dinner. Much more preferable to actually having to eat the thing herself. She knows that gets fed right after a moment of unpleasantness.

Also today she stopped limping! It is so tempting to take her for a big long walk as she really has a lot of pent up energy, but the vet said two weeks rest, one more week and a couple of days to go!
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You are doing just fine with her. Our Samantha injured her back several years ago, and we went through the steroid, and pain medications. In the end it all worked well for her, she is just fine now, but for a period of time it was an unpleasant experience for all of us. Our Vet warns us to watch her weight and not let her get heavy, as that will put additional stress on her spine.
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