Pain in the Paw

This is Harvey waiting his turn to see the vet at the Emergency Animal Clinic, earlier this evening.

We were in the back yard working on laying a stone path way while Harvey ran about as he usually does. After a short while, he came hobbling around the corner, limping and favoring his right paw. We did not see what happened and had no idea how he hurt himself.  He wasn’t crying or whimpering, but his paw clearly hurt to walk on, so we thought it wise to get it looked at.  His regular vet’s office had closed for the day, so we headed to the Emergency Vet Clinic.

It was a long wait, as several animals with more pressing and serious concerns were seen before us. (I chocked up several times at the severity of some of the ailments and the emotions of the owners.) Eventually, it was our turn and after a thorough physical exam, the Vet declared Harvey had sprained his paw, probably from moving too quickly and twisting the wrong way, something smaller dogs are prone to do, apparently.

We were sent home with some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory which he has to take for three days. If he does not get better, we have to take him for an x-ray. We were told to keep him still: no rough housing or unnecessary running about.

Right.

Because 26 week old puppies are SO into laying around and not moving much.

7 thoughts on “Pain in the Paw

  1. Over the years, our two little dogs have each injured their paw / leg in a similar manner. They recovered completely but are more susceptible to a recurrence. As you suggested, the hardest (or impossible) part is keeping them still while they heal.

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