04-12-2018, 12:54 PM
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Central IL
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dog limping; healing time if it's a sprain?
Monday morning I took Carly out for our usual walk around the neighborhood. He spotted some birds and while I can often talk her down from trying to chase them if I see them in time, she surprised me by lunging without warning. She can only go as far as I allow her on the leash of course, so I stood my ground and she got to the end of the line, kind of flipped around (she's fairly strong), and ended up skidding in some mud on the sidewalk. I think she pulled something in her leg because she wouldn't put any weight on it and lay down, wimpering. I carried her a ways (she's almost 50 pounds so I couldn't tote her very far) and when I set her down gently she seemed to be able to walk on it. We only had a block to go, so we took it slowly.
It so happened that we had a vet appt that morning for her heartworm test, so I mentioned the incident then. The vet said she may have sprained it and to try to keep her from chasing squirrels in the yard if possible. Ever since then she's usually ok, but every now and then the leg (rear leg) will bother her and she'll favor it or lay down. Once she gets up again it's fine. I am trying to keep her from running and we quit walks for a couple of days (went out this morning for a short one but took our time).
Does this sound like anything to be concerned about? Anyone have their dog experience something similar? I'm wondering how long to wait before calling the vet again.