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Old 05-16-2018, 11:28 AM
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Possible knee injury recommendations

Hello, my dog recently injured what I believe is her back left knee, I let her out in the backyard, she saw a squirrel and bolted after it, not seeing some fencing we had put around the garden. She smacked her back left leg against it as she was running at nearly full speed, kept running for another 10-12 feet as she whimpered a few times than came to a stop and laid down seemingly nursing her leg.

This happened on Friday evening, and slowly but surely she seems to be getting less and less sore. At this point she's still limping on her good leg, still not putting any weight on the injured one. Although if she starts a bit of a run she'll move her leg along and sometimes put it down. As of yesterday I've noticed she's started using the injured leg to scratch herself (ear, snout, etc) She'll let me stretch it out almost all the way and then she gets nippy to get me to stop.

I can take her to vet, but if at all possible, I would like to save the $XXX it'll take to get an x ray and possibly be told she's fine and just needs rest. But if it is something serious, I'll do it.

If anyone has experienced this or has any recommendations, please let me know! Thanks!
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:53 PM
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Old 05-19-2018, 03:44 PM
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Hi, a similar situation happened with my dog. About 2 months ago we were out for a walk and she tore after a bird while on the leash. I held steady and she reached the end of the line, slipped in a spot of mud on the sidewalk, and injured her knee. We happened to have an appt with the vet that morning for a heartworm test, so I asked them to check out the knee. They said to put her on rest for a week and check back in. I did that, and since she was still limping from time to time, made an appointment to have an x-ray done. Well, she ended up with the runs that day so they decided not to put her under for the leg manipulation and x-ray. I intended to reschedule but as the leg was a lot better after that, though still not 100%, never made the appointment. What I did do was keep her on pretty strict rest for about two weeks...leashed potty breaks, no walks, limited active play indoors. Slowly we started taking short walks again and now she's back to walking as usual. I tethered her in the backyard so she wouldn't chase squirrels for about a month, but now she's back to roaming freely in our fenced-in area. I am still not visiting dog parks or letting her play with her next door dog buddy, because every now and then she'll limp for a few seconds but then she's good. So I know she isn't completely healed, but the rest has helped.



My uneducated opinion is that it was a sprain, and that it takes a long time to heal. So if you don't want to see the vet, I'd suggest going about things very slowly with your pup. I know our x-rays were to be $100 for the first and $50 per x-ray after that, so it does add up quickly. If you have serious concerns though, I'd take your dog in. Better safe than sorry! Good luck!
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