Posted by: TP | 2005/12/13

puppy with sore hip after fall

our 5 month old puppy (x terrior), fell off the bed & onto her hip area. She has been favouring her right back leg since then & sometimes does not stand on it at all. Other times however, she runs on it just fine, which makes us think that it is not broken. Should we have it checked out at the vet, or will it heal over a period of time?

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It is difficult to know exactly what is wrong with this puppy unless it is examined in detail. You also do not tell us how long it has been since the accident. Generally speaking, any severe lameness following an accident should be evaluated by your veterinarian. Also, if such lameness does not resolve within a few days or is severe, it should also be evaluated by your vet. This is still a growing puppy and has a long life ahead of it. It would be better to have it checked out by your veterinarian.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town

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Posted by: Acineth | 2005/12/13

Take her to the vet to make sure she is okay. It may be nothing, but if she has damaged a growth plate it could be serious.

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Posted by: Lissa | 2005/12/13

It sounds to me like your puupy has either pulled a muscle or a tendon. i doubt anything is broken as she wouldnt be able to run on it. but i would take her to the vet as if she has pulled/torn something she'll need an anti-inflammatory.

hope all goes well!

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