dogs and pain

@savypat (20244)
United States
April 19, 2009 1:24pm CST
One of our dogs hurt his leg today and I thought you might like a few words on treating your hurt dog. Of course the first thing you want to do if a dog comes in limping is find out if he has an open wound. If this is what you have to treat apply the appropriate treatment, or see the Vet. If there is no wound, feel for anything broken, examine foot and in between pads for foreign objects. They often have a sharp rock or thorn embedded. If all of this is ruled out you may be dealing with a sprain or torn muscle, look for swelling feel for heat. leg can be soaked and wrapped if necessary. Often swelling will not show up until hours later. For pain don't do anything, pain will keep the dog off the leg and allow it to heal. If pain seems intense after an hour or two you may have some interior damage and will want to contact your Vet. The main thing is to remember pain is a way nature helps the body heal. A dog is not like a human, he doesn't anticipate long periods of pain so he is not experiencing worry like a human would. Let nature do it's job as much as possible. Our dog only sprained his leg and we could not even find a pain focus spot until he stood on the leg. He'll be kept quite the rest of the day and we will examine him closely tomorrow or if the pain get worse. Main thing is stay calm, the animal will feel your energy and let nature help. Blessings
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@rainie30 (146)
• United States
20 Apr 09
One of our dogs started limping and we couldnt find what the problem was. We ended up taking her to the vet, who sent us to a specialist because she said it was a broken bone. When we went to the specialist, they did further xrays and what looked like a break in the bone was actually cancer cells. She told us that when a dog becomes lame overnight like that, cancer is usually the culprit (when there is no visible injury and you know your dog didnt sprain her leg).
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@savypat (20244)
• United States
20 Apr 09
That is scary, were you able to do anything for her? Our dog is getting better and there are a lot of holes in the area he runs in. But we'll keep an eye on him.
@rainie30 (146)
• United States
24 Apr 09
She was given 2-4 months to live, and we were given a miracle. She is still with us today, 3 years later. We prayed for answers and felt we were directed to the right supplements to cure her. She's had a relapse though, she was just diagnosed a couple of months ago with the same cancer. We are remaining optimistic. I hope your pooch is still doing good too! Darn holes, we have them too. lol
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 09
I am sorry that your Dog is hurt Savypat, is he ok now I hope so I would have to take Gissi to the vet as he will not let anyone check him over so he has to be musseled to do that He is a little Rescue Dog from a cruel Home so there is still fear when he hurts himself as certain things he connects with the bad treatment he used to get I hope your Dog is better
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@savypat (20244)
• United States
19 Apr 09
Some animals have been so abused that they never can totally trust again. You do the right thing Thanks
@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I'm sorry that your dog was hurt. My dog was hurt last week too. he acted like he hurt his hip. I went to the pet shop and bought him doggie asprin and it seemed to help.