Question Last night, our fainter wether tripped and injured his front leg. We did not see it happen, but sometimes he falls hard on his leg/shoulder when he faints. He is not putting any weight on the leg to walk, but tucks his knee under himself to provide support when getting up on three legs. There is no obvious swelling, but he does have a warmer than usual area where his leg connects to his body. He did not fuss when we were trying to check for any obvious broken bones or hoof injuries. We gave him vit b, electrolytes, and baby aspirin and will continue. What else should we do? Online suggestions include immobilizing the leg, treating with penicillin G, and adding other vitamins. Thank you so much for your time!
Answer HI Julie,
It depends on how severe the injury- he could have twisted it and it is sore or he may have dislocated it - which if this is the case only a vet can tell you for sure. I would continue as you have and wait a couple days to see if there is an improvement. Most likely there will be - if it gets worse or does not improve in a few days - a vet check would be in order to see if there is damage to the joint. I would not immobilize the leg, let him decide when to put pressure on it and not - they are the best judge of this themselves - and I would give the baby aspirin for another day or so - then no more.. the swelling should naturally be reducing by then and you do not want to mask the pain- he needs to still feel the pain so he knows how careful to be with it. Lessening the pain is fine in the beginning. I would also wait on any PennG treatment - this is for possible bone fractures that may get infected, I do not suspect he has a fracture, but again - only your vet can do xrays to make sure. Take his rectal temp a few times a day - if it stays within normal range (101.5 to 103.5 ) he most likely has no infection in the system. Keep an eye on him and any change for the worse, call the vet. IF the swelling increases or he gets feverish, call the vet and if you are going right in to see him, hold off on the aspirin so it doesn't mask anything for the vet to see and he may give him a corticosteroid injection (most likely dex) - if you cannot get in to see the vet and he is feverish, I'd give him the aspirin to reduce fever.
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Thank you very much for the help! Our wether is looking happier and moving around a bit more, so we hope it's just a sprain. We'll just keep a close eye on him, he is enjoying all the extra attention :) Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with newbies!
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