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    I have a 6 month old shih tzu and i was playing fetch with him in my apartment. I threw his toy and as he was running back he kind of fell on his front right leg and just started welping and screaming. I immediately ran over to him and picked him up and he kept on doing it. As i am holding right now he seems to have calmed down but his leg is still hurting. How do i tell if its broken or sprained? He has done this before but after about 10-20 minutes of not playing he was fine.

    He is just holding his paw in the air , i am holding him in my computer chair at the moment and he is laying down in my lap. I dont think it is broken , i believe he just sprained it and it scared him just would like to get some others opinions besides the obvious take him to the vet.

    Sunday and no vets are open around the area.

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    edit: he is letting me touch his leg now and i dont feel anything out of the normal , good sign.
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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    I wonder if you could try putting an ice pack in a towel and holding it on his leg for awhile. I know that is what ER tells us to do in a case like that. Maybe he just twisted it and it will calm down in a few hours. I guess if it does not then first thing tomorrow I would at least get a call in to your vet. I always think it is best to err on the side of caution. Good Luck! I hope he is better right away. Does he allow you to rub it? My big tanker dogs do that occasionally and I rub it and then they are just fine. I think they just step wrong every so often.


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    Yes is he allowing me to rub it, i just rubbed his whole leg / paw with my hands. He is just laying here sleeping in my lap

    when he tries to get up though he still whimpers , not as bad as it was before but it still hurts him.
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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    That certainly sounds hopeful. Maybe allow him to relax for awhile and then quietly set him down and walk away from him see if he follows you and if he is limping then or if he feels better. It may have scared him and he didn't want to put his let down. In a short time he will have forgotten that fear and will just walk again if that is all it was. Lets hope so.

    One of my rotties did that to me on a walk one time. She stepped down funny and cried. Screamed was more like it. I didn't know what to do since I was several blocks away from home. I picked her up and carried her (not easy since she weighed almost what I did) I had to set her down and rest several times. She just let me carry her. When I got home she ran up the driveway with no problem and looked back at me like "Thanks for the ride mom." BRAT
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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    As long as it is not swollen it is probably not broken. Broken joints normally swell. If it is a sprain then he will stay off it until it feels better. Dont give him pain reliever otherwise the pills might "fool" him into thinking he is ok and he could run around and injure himself worse.
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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    Quote Originally Posted by Inga View Post
    I picked her up and carried her (not easy since she weighed almost what I did) I had to set her down and rest several times. She just let me carry her. When I got home she ran up the driveway with no problem and looked back at me like "Thanks for the ride mom." BRAT
    lol that would be a site watching you carry your rottie back.

    Quote Originally Posted by skunkstripe View Post
    As long as it is not swollen it is probably not broken. Broken joints normally swell. If it is a sprain then he will stay off it until it feels better. Dont give him pain reliever otherwise the pills might "fool" him into thinking he is ok and he could run around and injure himself worse.
    Good luck!
    How do you tell if its swollen. If he is letting me touch it and not making noises could it still be broken?

    Can it swell up just being sprained and not broken also?

    He is really furry so trying to tell if its swollen or what not would be hard i think.

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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    Definitely put ice on the leg. You might want to call your vet and see if you can give an anti-inflammatory as well. One time Riley banged into the iron fireplace tool holder and boy did he scream, I almost had a heart attack, my son picked him up and we put ice on it. I was sooo scared he broke his leg but thank goodness he didn't. We put ice on it, I massaged his leg and we had him rest for a while luckily it got better and we put that darn fireplace tool holder in the garbage, it wasn't nice anyway. If the dog is still favoring his leg in an hour or so you probably need to get an x-ray. Good luck and keep us posted.

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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    I put him down to give him some water and he didnt scream or anything and i made him walk to me, he didnt want to move, all he would do is sit there wag his tail and lick me.

    I moved back a couple feet and was like come here and he got up and walked couple steps, it looked like he was putting some weight on it so that is a good sign.

    At the moment he is laying behind my computer chair chewing on his bone.

    edit: he just got up and walked over to his dog bowl i just laid down then went and sniffed the toy he was playing with when this all happpened and barked at it lol

    i believe he is fine it just scared him and me too.
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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    Did the dog step on something? The irritant can work itself out by itself. Examine the paw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orange County Ca View Post
    Did the dog step on something? The irritant can work itself out by itself. Examine the paw.

    You must have not read any of this post =)

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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    Ok, it has been awhile, Is he walking at all yet? Does he still limp or is he getting better?


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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    Quote Originally Posted by Inga View Post
    Ok, it has been awhile, Is he walking at all yet? Does he still limp or is he getting better?
    He is his normal self, he ate his dinner and is running and playing with his toys again.

    It just scared him i guess =)

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    Thank God. Dogs just seem to like to keep their owners on there toes. I am happy to hear all is well.


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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    yea, glad all is well also.

    We are leaving for florida next sunday and thats all i would need is a puppy with a broken leg.

    Thanks for all the replies.

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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    Quote Originally Posted by Haidden View Post
    I have a 6 month old shih tzu and i was playing fetch with him in my apartment. I threw his toy and as he was running back he kind of fell on his front right leg and just started welping and screaming. I immediately ran over to him and picked him up and he kept on doing it. As i am holding right now he seems to have calmed down but his leg is still hurting. How do i tell if its broken or sprained? He has done this before but after about 10-20 minutes of not playing he was fine.

    He is just holding his paw in the air , i am holding him in my computer chair at the moment and he is laying down in my lap. I dont think it is broken , i believe he just sprained it and it scared him just would like to get some others opinions besides the obvious take him to the vet.

    Sunday and no vets are open around the area.

    Thanks.

    edit: he is letting me touch his leg now and i dont feel anything out of the normal , good sign.
    Have you checked in between your puppys paws? Or his little pads? Have you had his nails clipped lately? If so they could have been clipped to short?

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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    Since you said this has happened before, I'd get him checked at your vets anyway. Maybe he has a problem with his elbows or shoulders that cause them to dislocate or something when playing vigorously?

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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    I agree with Lorina. You said it happened before so I would def. get him checked out even if he seems to be fine now.
    I've said it too many times and I still stand firm. You get what you put in and people get what they deserve. Still I haven't seen mine, no I haven't seen mine. I've been giving, just haven't been getting. I've been walking that there line. So I think I'll keep on walking with my head held high. I'll keep moving on and only God knows why.

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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    Well the other time that this happened was when he was about 4 and half months old. We were outside and he had just used the restroom and we were running up a hill and misplaced his footing.

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    Re: dog yelps when walking

    Still, that's twice in six weeks. It'd pay to have him checked, just to be sure. I wouldn't say it's an emergency, gotta-get-him-to-the-vets-right-away situation, but it's something that should be brought to the vet's attention.

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