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My large breed dog was out of control and would not stop for anything and kept chasing a horse. She cornered him and he kicked out at her hitting her upper foreleg. She was yelping so I went up to her and saw if she was alright, she seemed okay just sore. After a while I noticed her acting weird - trying to leave where I was to go a little while away undercover away from rain. My dog has separation anxiety so for her to go that far away without being able to see or hear me is very strange.

At the time I don't think I was as caring as I should have been. It has been a few hours now and she is still limping and can barely use that leg, she can move it but it hurts her then she yelps. I felt her leg and bent her joint slowly and they didn't seem too bad but if you go further up there is a small section that is very tender, if i move her whole leg back and forth it hurts too. She's breathing deeply, sleeping a lot and looks so unhappy and I feel terrible.

My mother refuses to even call the vet - do you think that I should call the emergency vet or see how it is tomorrow? Thankyou!

It's very possible that she has a green-stick fracture of that leg. That's where it is cracked but not broken in two. It still needs to be treated and splinted.

She also runs the risk of infection just by being kicked if the skin was broken at all.
If it was just a glancing blow then she might just be deeply bruised.

Only a vet will be able to tell the difference by feeling it or xraying it.

Breathing deeply, sleeping and looking unhappy are all signs of pain in dogs.

She is in a LOT of pain. You need to call you regular vet.

And next time, perhaps keep you dog on a lead so that she can't chase livestock.

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


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