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Something is wrong with Rusty's front right leg. It all started when he sliped on the lenolium in my kitchen, a day ago. and ever since then he has been limping. He lets me rub and massage it without yelping or cying. I called our vet and he said that it is probably just sprained. he recamended asprin. Is there anything else I should do? as far as pain goes. I hate seeing him limp.

[ February 07, 2005, 07:37 PM: Message edited by: Rusty ]
 

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How old is Rusty? Besides the aspirin (use Ascriptin), crate rest would be a good idea. If he doesn't improve in a day or so, he needs to be seen by your vet. Good luck--hope it's nothing serious. :)
 

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He Is 3yrs old. Where do you find that drug you reccamend. He has improved, his limp is getting better. Do you think it is something he will walk off?

[ February 07, 2005, 08:00 PM: Message edited by: Rusty ]
 

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You can get Ascriptin at the drug store. It's aspirin buffered with Maalox.

When my dogs injure themselves to the point of lameness, I don't wait to see if it will go away on its own. I get them to the vet for an exam and x-rays, if indicated. For me, it's worth the peace of mind. :)
 

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Prices vary, depending on where you live, and whether your vet thinks Rusty needs x-rays.
 

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can you give me a ballpark number because I will take him know but I do not know if I have enough $$$.
 

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I'd suggest calling your vet in the a.m. and finding out what s/he would charge. Good luck, and I hope Rusty continues to improve. :)
 

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FWIW the cost can vary still because given the dog and the nature of the injury an xray might be able to be accomplished without putting the dog out other times it is require and adds considerably to the cost.
 

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I can't believe a vet said use asprin. My vet sad to never give asprin to a dog. Flash jumped off the table once when he was about 3. I took him to our vet and he did not do x-rays but determined that it was a strain and told me to try and keep him still as much as possible. He also gave me a Rx for a dog anti inflamitory. If he still limps I would be sure and get it seen about.
 

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Aspirin is commonly used in dogs although even with over the counter products I think it is wise to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog any medication. Non-prescription products as well as herbal or so called all natural remedies can be also be harmful. Dogs should not be given Tylenol (acetominophen) or Advil (ibuprofen).

From a Veterinary Hospital's website:
Often our first drug of choice is Aspirin. We use a buffered or enteric-coated aspirin (like Bufferin or Ascriptin) because dogs have stomachs, which can be sensitive to the medication. We do NOT use Tylenol, Advil or Ibuprofen on dogs. They all can be extremely toxic to your pet’s internal organs.
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Many vets want to get xrays immediately!! The only reason for this seems to be collecting money before thw dog gets over whatever minor problem it had. Many times my field dogs come back limping. An aspirin (must be coated!!) and a day or two of rest usually corrects the problem. My vet always asks if I want an xray, but suggests waiting, aspirin and rest. Unless the dog is in real pain and putting no weight on the leg, I will always try rest and aspirin for two days -- if no improvement, then we go to the vet.
 

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If you're going to wait and see before heading off to the vet, I think you'd be better off going with the rest and foregoing the aspirin or at least doing both. People will medicate their dog with aspirin, the dog feels better so is running around, and a week later you still have a limping dog.

I'm not talking to you Dean-you field trialers have a lot of experience and know how to deal with injuries. You also have a pretty good idea when your hound needs to see a vet.

BTW Dean I don't have one of those vets who does unneccessary tests-I bet if I said no to an x-ray she felt was warranted, she'd do it herself and absorb the cost. She's gotten me a few free ultrasounds over the years from the ultrasound vet. I think I've also bought her several 4X4 trucks so it's a two way street. I'm friends with my vet so you might think that she's doing it because we're friends but I've seen her do the same thing for people she's never met before.

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Unfortunately there are some vets who don't work that way, Barbara. Many Years ago, we took a limping basset to a local orthopedic specialist. After looking at the xrays, he started explaining how he would cut the bone in fred's leg rotate the foot to straight ahead, put a small wedge of bone in the leg and it would be a "perfect front leg". He also planned on using very small sutures so nobody would be able to find the scar--- a show perfect front leg!!!And only $900. We said what about the limp, he said that will go away in a couple of days!! Kinda makes you wonder how many other bassets he has done and for what reason?????????
 

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Just a quick story...

I had a rescue who had damaged his rear leg and his owner's thought it was a strain because he stopped limping a couple days later. I got him 7 months after that and was told he limps 'occassionally', like after playing or resting. I took him to the vet and he had a torn ACL that could have been cured using rest and an rx...instead it was a $3000 surgery.

Take your dog to the vet.
 
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