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 Dog Injury And The Vet

A dog injury can be serious or nothing to worry about. What should you do if you detect your dog limping due to a possible injury. The most prudent advice is to take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. However, this could be an expensive route if the vet doesn't find anything that requires his attention. You still have to pay the bill for the exam. You should think twice before calling the vet every time you believe your dog has sustained an injury.

A dog's limp or whatever can be the result of active play or exercise where the dog got a slight bruise and doesn't warrant attention from the vet. The problem is trying to determine if the limp is due to a serious medical condition. As the dog's owner, you need to try and pinpoint where the pain or apparent injury is located. If you do this then you have a better chance at deciding whether medical attention is needed. The following four steps can help you make this determination.

1. Dog Standing

With your dog standing relatively still, look closely at your dog from different angles. A dog will tend to lean away from an injured leg and put more pressure on the leg that is stronger and not injured. As an example, your dog will lean towards the right side if the left leg is hurting and vice versa.

2. Dog Walking

How does your dog walk? Look for signs as the dog walks. Your dog will probably take shorter steps on an injured leg when compared to the other legs. Does the head move up and down while he is walking? This is a sign that there is an injury with that leg because the dog is attempting to take pressure away from the injury.

3. Dog Massage

Try to locate the source of the injury. If you can't see the source, then gently massage the dog's body with your hands and try to find out where the pain is located. If your pet dog cries out or winces then you probably have found the source of the pain.

4. Dog's Skin

Observe the dog's skin if you can see beyond the hairy coat. Do you see any skin discoloration? Do you see any swelling?

5. Veterinarian Visit?

After you locate the spot of the dog's injury you need to make a determination if a visit to the veterinarian is required. This can be a hard decision because most people are not qualified to make this type of decision. You may decide against a visit to the vet if the injury appears to be a slight strain or bruise. To be on the safe side, you may want to call your veterinarian and see what the vet advises.

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