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Old 10-27-2016, 01:47 AM
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Puppy With Possible Broken Leg

This is a question about my next door neighbor's puppy - he's a six month old Jack Russell terrier mix, approximately 15 lbs, who was attacked by their older 30ish lb hound/pit mix. It happened around midnight. The neighbor let her dogs out to potty, and a fight broke out between the two dogs that was so loud I heard it from inside my house. I rushed out to see what the fuss was about, because the owner was screaming as well. She had it broken up before I even got out, and the pup seemed frightened and sore, but otherwise all right. He was favoring his left front leg, which had a nasty bite mark. I cleaned it out for the owner with povidone iodine and gave him 250 mg of amoxi (I have a dog pharmaceutical in my house) to prevent abscessing.

I noticed a very slight amount of swelling around the site of the bite, and I immediately thought possible broken leg for it to appear so quickly. But after I cleaned out the wound, the pup was running around my house, made the stairs, and was just generally zooming around the house with my Beagles (who were very concerned about him, lol). So, I'm thinking, definitely not a broken leg, if he can do all that, even though he was not putting his weight on the leg.

However, the owner just called me about a half hour ago to say the pup had been sleeping for a while, and when he got up, the leg was a bit more swollen and tender to the touch. And he seems to be in pain

I instructed her to give a baby aspirin, but aside from that, have no idea what else she can do for him. I'm 99.9% certain this pup will not see a Vet, so any "technical advice" I can pass on to her would be appreciated.

And please keep your paws crossed for the best.
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Just to update... I tried all morning to see this pup, and finally succeeded at about 1pm. Pup's leg had massive swelling, but was also leaking pus, and looked like infection was causing the problem, after all. I told the owner the Vet bill for a simple abscess wouldn't be too high, and offered to either loan her $$$ for the treatment and/or purchase the dog from her for a small fee, because its apparent she is struggling just trying to feed her animals.

She agreed to pay half the bill, and either make the half I covered a loan, or surrender the dog to my care.

Poor little guy is at the Vet now, being treated with IV antibiotics and having the wound lanced/drained. He may or may not need surgery to repair torn muscle - we're still waiting to hear the verdict on that one. Please hope for the best for this poor little pup.
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@TrackInDirt - thanks you for taking care of this pup! Please keep us posted!
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Just to update... I tried all morning to see this pup, and finally succeeded at about 1pm. Pup's leg had massive swelling, but was also leaking pus, and looked like infection was causing the problem, after all. I told the owner the Vet bill for a simple abscess wouldn't be too high, and offered to either loan her $$$ for the treatment and/or purchase the dog from her for a small fee, because its apparent she is struggling just trying to feed her animals.

She agreed to pay half the bill, and either make the half I covered a loan, or surrender the dog to my care.

Poor little guy is at the Vet now, being treated with IV antibiotics and having the wound lanced/drained. He may or may not need surgery to repair torn muscle - we're still waiting to hear the verdict on that one. Please hope for the best for this poor little pup.
You are such a good person, what an angel you are to this pup
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fingers crossed!! I hope she surrenders the pup to you.
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Thanks for the good thoughts! We're still waiting to hear the full damage toll, because he was taken to a low cost Vet that doesn't have the greatest facilities. The wound has been flushed/drained, and there's definite ligament damage which needed to be partially stitched, though he still has a hole in his leg for continued fluid drainage. No x-rays have been taken yet, however. The leg is splinted for now, he's on pain meds, and we'll give him until tomorrow morning to start putting some weight on the leg in the hopes of possibly avoiding costly x-rays. He lets us manipulate the leg to a degree, so that's a good sign. But it will be back to the Vet tomorrow if we see no signs of improvement...
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