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Old 10-26-2010, 01:41 AM
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four week puppy injured leg

Hello,
I live in Nepal, and as minimal vet care exists here I need your help and advice!!!
I rescued a four week Tibetan mastiff puppy off the street a few nights ago. This morning when she woke up, she was limping and did not want to eat. It was outside in her area on my patio all night, so it could be that a child next door had been rough with it, or that she was overexerted from the day before when she walked with me ( she sometimes ran) through a rocky field and village on the way home from the vet. She made the connection to go in the grass to poop. To get to the grass from her bed, she has to go down one step and up another, each about 6-7 inches high. I think she may have also gotten injured doing this last night, although i have seen her do it without a problem before. My girlfriend who knows dogs told me i should not have let her run or walk even on rough terrain, and that she cant go up and down steps until she is older. I did not know that at the time. She whimpers a bit when I try to extend her front leg at the joint above the paw, human equivalent to the wrist perhaps. She still does walk a bit, but only putting minimal weight on that paw. She has no problem laying down and has been asleep for hours.
The vet i called is far away, and says he cant come to my house (which is in a rural area with a horrible nearly unmotorable road. I fear if I had to bring her(not a simple car ride in a crate in this country) it would be far more stress for her than benefit. There is a NGO based dog clinic on saturday near my house, so i can also wait until that. The operator of that clinic told me it would be ok to wait if shes eating and not whimpering. thing is though, here dogs are accustomed to pain and dont complain much she has lived on the street so she is probably the same. Tibetan mastiffs are also notorious for never whimpering even when on the brink of death from wounds.So vets, and experienced dog owners please let me know how serious this could be, and if its necessary that i bring her today. To reiterate, that would involve me carrying her through a dusty crazy dirt road about 10 minutes, the unkown length of time required waiting to get a taxi, and then an insane taxi ride through a crowded noisy city that only mexico city beats for air pollution. She is not in that much pain(at least she doesnt show it), and she eats now, especially if i feed her with a spoon. She even walks around on the grass and plays.
feeling the joint in comparison to the opposite leg, it seems ok, I just cant extend it as far without forcing(which I wont try)
So any advice on how to keep her safe until she is older, what she can and cant do physically until what age, and what to do now would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot
Dan
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Dan,
It sounds like you live in a difficult place to care for dogs, but congratulations on rescuing this puppy! She is very fortunate to have you taking care of her!

First off, if puppy is eating, peeing and pooping, normally, and seems not to be sick, that is all good news. From your description it sounds like she has indeed injured her wrist, which in itself is not really a life threatening emergency. The injury could be to soft tissues, such as ligaments and tendons, and/or to bones.

With a puppy so young, healing of some sort is likely to happen very quickly. You indicate the puppy is able to put some weight on the leg, but is lame. This is a good sign. Were puppy to be totally unable to use the leg, then one would more likely suspect a fracture. The fact puppy is partially weight bearing indicates the injury may be less serious.

So under your difficult circumstances, my advice would be to confine the puppy to protect her from any hazards in her environment and to keep her from using the leg much at all whilst it heals. Don't make her walk around except as needed to potty. If you have a pen or can make a small enclosure for her, so she is safe from little kids and other dogs that would be good.

You have indicated there is not a great deal of swelling or warmth in that wrist joint, again good signs. Now that you have examined it well, you probably are best off to not fiddle with it much which might make it more tender for her. Certainly don't force the joint in any way that is "ouchy" for pup. If puppy starts to do better over the next couple of days, then that would be a good indicator she is healing. As I said, at such a young age things will heal fast. Just provide her with nutritious food and good water and a safe environment and hopefully her leg will heal. If its not steadily getting better in the next few days, then it might be worth the treacherous ride to the vets.

Please let us know how she does! And welcome to the dogforum!
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