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Old 01-12-2016, 11:23 AM
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Puppy has injured leg :(

We got a new puppy, she is a four-month-old lhasa apso. Very sweet and healthy. Unfortunately, my kids were playing with her and *something* happened to her back leg. I have a two-year-old who could have stepped or fallen on her, but no one can pinpoint what exactly happened. She would not put any weight on it or walk at all, and I took her right to the vet.

The vet did a physical exam and said there was some type of injury to the ankle or foot, but that nothing obvious stood out to him. Her hip and back seem fine, and there is no swelling, redness, or signs of an obvious fracture.

She seems happy and is eating and drinking fine. I have her on 25 mg of rimadyl a day. She still will barely put any weight on her leg, and when she does, she limps. She does not want to walk much at all, except when absolutely necessary and seems quiet. She is resting a lot.

I feel AWFUL. Obviously whatever happened was an accident (they adore her and would never harm her intentionally), but I am super upset and so are the kids. My vet said to wait a week and come back if things are not significantly improved. I am afraid she will never get better and will lose her little leg. Advice? Thoughts? Yes, obviously I need to supervise better when the kids play with her.
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Old 01-12-2016, 02:21 PM
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If you trust your vet and are comfortable with him then I would follow his direction. If you are still worried, get a second opinion.

Unless the pup seems to get worse it's probably just painful for her and doesn't want to do something that hurts her if not necessary, much like you would probably do if you were hurt.

For the future safety of both you puppy and kids, you should never let them interact unsupervised. This might seem a bit harsh but neither a puppy or a 2 year old understand what will cause the other harm. You're actually lucky that whatever cause the pup's injury she didn't end up biting or snapping at your kid.

As for what already happened, learn from it and move on. Once the puppy is better I would enroll her in a puppy class, and bring your kids (maybe not the 2 year old though) to learn how to properly interact with the dog.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:27 PM
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no one has mentioned radiographs... always a good idea.
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