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Unhappy Possible Broken Leg

Hello,

I am new here, so welcome any feedback I can get.

Kilo is our 8 month old perfect dobie. He stays in his kennel while we are away from the house, which generally isn't for more than a couple of hours at a time. (He still likes to chew and shred everything, so hoping within the next few months he outgrows that and can then be left out of his kennel while we are away).

Anyway, when my husband and I came home yesterday, he would not put any weight on his right front leg. We watched him for an hour or so, and he seemed to actually be getting worse. We decided to take him to the emergency vet. At the ER, they wanted to do X-rays, however had 3 other dogs come in in critical condition and said it would be a minimum of a 6 hour wait - with a 2 year old toddler with us and it already being 9pm, we asked what the risk would be if we waited until first thing in the morning to get him into our vet. The ER vet assured us that the risk was low, as he wasn't running a fever and it wasn't infected/swollen. She proceeded to give him a shot of morphine to help him sleep through the night.

He did sleep through the night, and seems to be a tiny bit better today, but definitely not 100%. My vet will see him in an hour or so, but has to work him in due to such a short notice.

I guess my question is, what can I do for him in the meantime for pain? He cannot get comfortable at all.

Also, if it truly is broken, and we cannot determine HOW it happened, what precautions can I take to make sure it doesn't happen again? We don't keep anything in the kennel, other than a blanket and a few chew toys.

Help!
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I'm seeing this post an hour or so after you posted it, so it only got put up onto the forum after you headed to the vet (according to the times given in your text). I hope you get good news though. Keep us posted please.
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Sounds like pano to me due to age. 8mo. and nothing catastrophic happened to break a bone I'd be worried about osteocarcoma.
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BTW I'm not a vet, and I'm only going by the tiny tiny bit of story you told.
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G-Red - Could he have hurt a growth plate from over activity at this early age ? It's so hard on them running or more so jumping .
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G-Red - Could he have hurt a growth plate from over activity at this early age ? It's so hard on them running or more so jumping .
I didn't even think about that because I'm so weary of my puppies over doing it that I'm very cautious of my rest/play ratio.
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G-Red - Could he have hurt a growth plate from over activity at this early age ? It's so hard on them running or more so jumping .
That doesn't seem very likely Ken--from what the OP said he was confined to a crate and came out lame--at 8 months and painfully lame from no known injury while confined I think GretchenRed has the more likely explanation--pano (panosteitis). And that can be verified with x-rays so hopefully we'll hear back from the OP after the morning visit with their own vet.

NSAID's will usually control pain if it is pano.

But just some advice here--generally if you have a dog who suddenly has symptoms (of anything but pain is a good example) DON'T start medicating them before you get them in to be seen by a vet--often this can obscure symptoms and make it much harder for vet to diagnose the problem.

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