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PostSubject: **Sprains and limping   Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:25 am

First, recognize the signs of a sprain:

Limping
Lameness, or inability to walk
Swelling
Pain or tenderness
Limb deformity (not usually present with a sprain, but is common with fractures and dislocations)

Restrict movement of your dog

The moment you notice that your dog is in pain, do what you can to stop your dog from moving around too much. If your dog continues to run and play, then the injury may become worse.'

If your dog is crate trained, then you may want to put your dog into his crate for a while. If your dog is not crate trained, then you might want to put your dog on a leash to stop him from running around too much.

Administering first aid

Examine your dog carefully. Keep your face away from your dog’s mouth and don’t attempt to hug her.
Perform the examination slowly and gently. Reassure your dog in a soft voice and stop if she gets agitated.

If necessary, take your dog to the vet for an examination. Once your vet examines your dog and makes a diagnosis, she may suggest different treatments depending on the severity of the injury. Follow any instructions your vet gives you for your dog’s treatment. Make sure to give her any medication prescribed. Your vet might suggest treatments such as:

Giving your dog an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) for pain
Using ice or heat packs
Encouraging your dog to rest and take it slow
Massaging the injured area

Make sure your dog gets plenty of rest. Give your dog a chance to rest while she is injured. This will promote healing and reduce pain or discomfort. Walk her on a leash for two to four weeks after the injury or for the period your doctor recommends. Pay attention to your dog’s behavior. If she seems tired, take her back home by walking slowly or picking her up.

Apply ice to the injury. Place an ice pack on your dog’s injury if it is swollen or appears to cause pain. The ice may decrease inflammation and pain and help the leg heal.

Use ice for 15 to 20 minutes at a time several times a day. Wrap the ice pack in a towel to protect your dog’s skin from the cold.

Examine her skin for white or firm patches, which can indicate the pack is too cold.

Give her pain medication. Your dog may experience pain or discomfort. Talk to the veterinarian about whether or not it is appropriate to give her any over-the-counter medications. You may be able to give her a pain reliever to ease pain and inflammation.

Make sure that you know your dog's weight and have checked the correct dosage with your vet.

Ask your vet to prescribe something stronger if your dog appears to be in a lot of pain.
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