Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Re: Rear leg injury advice
Our Ellie had a very similar situation when she was around 4 months old. Her best playmate crashed into her rear leg when they were both at high speed. He has a head like a concrete block. She could not put any weight on the leg and that night was panting, shaking and moaning in discomfort. We could not feel that anything was broken, but took her straight to the vet in the morning. The leg showed no signs of pain when manipulated. The vet was about to give up when she finally got a pain response toward the hip. We were given an anti-inflamatory/pain med scrip and told one full week of rest, mostly crated. After a four hour crate nap and one pain pill, she was putting weight back on the leg.
She was hard to contain after the third day because she felt so much better. We finally gave in and started gradually walking her around a bit after day four, but kept her calm and continued meds. Full recovery, no problems since. The vet says they see soft tissue or bruising type injuries like this all of the time. If after 7 days she was not better, they would have then ordered Xrays. Good luck and hope your pup is better soon, I know I was freaking out.