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I have a male Shitz Tzu, about 4-5 years old.  We 'adopted' him when his owner passed away.  An hour or so ago, he was on the steps--3rd or 4th from the bottom--and, for lack of a better word, fell.  He is now not walking on his left rear leg.  He has it pulled up.  I felt around and don't feel any obvious broken bones--with my limited knowledge from having been a paramedic.  The dog does not appear to be in any pain as he continues to walk, and run, around although we are trying to limit his movement.  Further, he does not appear to be in any pain.  I'm holding off until tomorrow to go to the vet if need be.  Any suggestions?  Maybe a break, maybe not?  I understand that an accurate diagnosis can't be made here.  I'm wondering if it's just a sprain or something?

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Hi Chris Miller,

Yes this could only be a sprain.Check for any edema or inflammation on the region.You can also pull both hind legs together while on dorsal recumbent position to see any difference in length of the hind limbs,so as to rule out any possible  dislocation,especially hip.Try using regular vet liniments meant for  sprain.If no improvement is seen in 3 days time,seek veterinary aid.

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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