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Old 07-13-2006, 04:51 PM   #1
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Exclamation I Stepped on My Dog's Right Leg!

While walking my 12 wk old puppy on the street, she stood near my feet and I accidentally tripped on her right hind leg!
She gave a yelp and started limping. I picked her up to check on her, then after a minute, I put her down again. She was walking fine.

Should I take her to the vet just in case? It doesn't seem as though she's hurt, but perhaps her leg could be sprained.

Also, how do I teach her that hanging around my feet is dangerous?
I've really got to be more careful now.
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Old 07-13-2006, 05:01 PM   #2
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If she is walking on it again and not limping and lets you touch it and doesn't cry I think she will be fine...Don't worry she will learn to walk away from your feet by the way she is a cutie!
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Old 07-13-2006, 05:05 PM   #3
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I think that your pup should be fine. If she would be limping its a different story. She would let you know if she was still in pain. If you touch her leg and she doesnt even whimper, she is fine.

Not trying to be mean, but is she even old enough to walk on the street yet? I think pups are usually 16 weeks when they are fully immunized, and then you have to wait 3 weeks after that to put them on the ground?
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Old 07-13-2006, 05:09 PM   #4
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I think we have all been there to one degree or another. The little ones get stepped on and eventually learn to stay away from the feet and we all learn to do the "Yorkie shuffle". Sissy is almost a year old and occasionally she'll stop abruptly and sort-of gets kicked as I step forward. My reflexes are pretty darn good, but even I'm not fast enough to be able stop in mid-stride!
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All of my dogs (all my life) have hurt their legs a hundred times. And, almost always they get over it in a day or two. I wouldn't waste my money on a trip to the vet until after a day or two. Even then, if there is improvement, I would probably wait another couple days.

One of my dogs hurt her leg and limped for a day or so - and then it got better - and then she limped again - and it got better again - and then she started limping again.... so after all this, off to the vet we went. And, darn!, she had ruptured her cruciate ligament (knee) -- and had to have a $900 surgery for that. She did this playing and running around in the yard - she twisted her knee the wrong way.

But - anyway - the vet said that my having brought her in sooner would have made no difference. He even wanted to let the swelling go down for another week before he did the surgery....during time which she was on some pain pills.


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Sounds like your little one is ok. They are so very small and so quick. I have stepped on mine -- sometimes I think they are made of rubber and bounce right back other times I think they are made of the most fragile of blown glass.
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Thanks everyone, it turns out she is absolutely fine and walking on sunshine!
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Old 07-15-2006, 04:49 PM   #8
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Aw...I'm glad she's OK. I've stepped on my dogs legs a few times too. He's 7mo. old and he's always been fine, he's never even yelped. The worst was when I accidently stepped down and caught his hair, and pulled it. That was the only time he yelped. I try to be cautious, but sometimes it's hard!
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