Dog injured leg, seeking opinions

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  1. MinniesMomma

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    I think my dog was kicked or stepped on by a cow. His leg is swollen , and there is a crescent-shaped bare spot on his leg , but no open wounds. He moves around freely, with a slight limp but it doesn't seem to be hindering him much. The swelling is getting worse daily; I have manipulated all of the joints on that leg and he does not act like one hurts any more than the others. I can't feel any obvious broken bone or deformity. What can I do for him until I can get him to a vet? (Of course, he is solid black, so it's hard to see a whole lot of anything.)[ edited to add, I have been icing it and have given him dog aspirin.]

    his leg Injured leg and shoulder:
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    Normal leg:
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  2. Lilalienangel

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    Instinctively, dogs hide pain. I hate to say it but I think there is a dislocated joint. Not much you can do besides get him to a vet ASAP. Please don't munipulate it anymore. Poor fella when is his appointment?
     
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  3. Lilalienangel

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    My dogs bone had a chip in it. I had no clue untill he jumped off the bed and snapped that bone..
     
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  4. PirateGirl

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    If you have a way to confine him and keep him from trying to walk so much for a few days it would be good. When my dog had a broken leg if she wasn’t confined to her crate she would try and walk far more than she should.
     
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  5. MinniesMomma

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    Thank you all! I can absolutely get him to the vet tomorrow and I will keep him confined until then.
     
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  6. cassie

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    If he moves around freely there is no dislocated joint or broken bone. The swelling may be due to trauma or bleeding inside. I think you are doing the right things. Please post after you come back from the vet.
     
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  7. MinniesMomma

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    Will do! Thank you for the assurances:)
     
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  8. MinniesMomma

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    So, no broken bones or dislocated joints! She has him on a steroid and an antibiotic in case he was bitten by something and the swelling is from an infection, although she couldn't find any bites. He was such a good boy! They asked me several times if he was always so calm, which he is:D
     
  9. PirateGirl

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    This is good news! Hopefully the swelling goes down in a few days and he'll feel up to using it a bit!
     
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  10. cassie

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    Thank you for letting us know. The fact that the vet couldn't find any bite marks doesn't mean there aren't any. Sometimes they are very small, particularly if a bug is the culprit. The dog's hair doesn't make finding them any easier. Glad he is OK.
     
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