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    How to tell if my dog has a sprained or broken leg?

    I took my dog outside and he was jumping on a bunch of stuff. I noticed him scratching/panicking like when they are about to fall or something, but couldn't see what it is and when I ran over to him his left front leg was up and kept licking it. I took him inside and he was walking on it for awhile when he was following me now he has it up and won't walk on it and keeps licking it. No whimpering or yelping when he walks or I touch his leg. He can still jump on my bed, do you think it's a light sprain or something?
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    you dont speak dog?

    let me refer you to a freind of mine, might be able to help you

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    Put finger in angus.

    If he runs away he's fine.
    If he limps away it's sprained or broken.
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    Either get a professional to diagnose it or get an x-ray. If it's broken it will need a cast, like any other broken bone on a human.
    My dog had a broken leg and behaved similarly.
    Time will tell though. See if it persists.
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    Originally Posted by squirrell751 View Post
    I took my dog outside and he was jumping on a bunch of stuff. I noticed him scratching/panicking like when they are about to fall or something, but couldn't see what it is and when I ran over to him his left front leg was up and kept licking it. I took him inside and he was walking on it for awhile when he was following me now he has it up and won't walk on it and keeps licking it. No whimpering or yelping when he walks or I touch his leg. He can still jump on my bed, do you think it's a light sprain or something?
    wtf same thing happened to my nephews dog yesterday they ended up taking him to vet but i havent asked him about it yet
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    Check his paws to see if he has ripped his pads or has any cuts, stabs, glass stuck in his paw.. If there is nothing there then take him to the vet if he cannot put weight on it, he may have pulled a muscle or something worse.

    My dog could hardly walk the day after hopping about in a cornfield, she has this thing where she bounces around the field. The next day she had really sore back legs from all the hopping and could hardly walk, was real stiff. She was fine the day after.
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    Originally Posted by doughnutking View Post
    Check his paws to see if he has ripped his pads or has any cuts, stabs, glass stuck in his paw.. If there is nothing there then take him to the vet if he cannot put weight on it, he may have pulled a muscle or something worse.

    My dog could hardly walk the day after hopping about in a cornfield, she has this thing where she bounces around the field. The next day she had really sore back legs from all the hopping and could hardly walk, was real stiff. She was fine the day after.
    I checked his paws, nails, leg and everything, no complaints or pulling away. He didn't really whimper or yelp at all, not while he's walking so I don't know. He's hopping around on 3 legs right now and won't put it down, but can easily jump and land still so I'm not sure. Just called the vet, exam is 50 and x ray is 100, I'll wait a few days.
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    Originally Posted by squirrell751 View Post
    I checked his paws, nails, leg and everything, no complaints or pulling away. He didn't really whimper or yelp at all, not while he's walking so I don't know. He's hopping around on 3 legs right now and won't put it down, but can easily jump and land still so I'm not sure. Just called the vet, exam is 50 and x ray is 100, I'll wait a few days.
    Massage the muscles in his leg. Also apply some pressure when you massage and see if he flinches or pulls away at any certain part of the leg. Also apply pressure to each toe on his paw, lightly squeeze it and see if he shows any signes of pain as this may narrow it down to the correct area, also do the tendons feel tight in his legs. Compare the left to the right.
    Pull back his toes to reveal the claws and see if anything wedged in their. Check the paw again you may have missed something.

    My dog damages her paws nearly every week from digging holes.
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    Originally Posted by doughnutking View Post
    Massage the muscles in his leg. Also apply some pressure when you massage and see if he flinches or pulls away at any certain part of the leg. Also apply pressure to each toe on his paw, lightly squeeze it and see if he shows any signes of pain as this may narrow it down to the correct area, also do the tendons feel tight in his legs. Compare the left to the right.
    Pull back his toes to reveal the claws and see if anything wedged in their. Check the paw again you may have missed something.

    My dog damages her paws nearly every week from digging holes.
    I just did this and noticed that if I squeeze around where the leg connects to the body he pulls away and flinches. So I'm guessing he's just got a sprain? Really doubt anything is broken since I felt up and down his leg and nothing, but until I got to the very top like I said and squeeze around the joint lightly he would move it. What should I do if he is sprained?
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    Yeah sounds like a sprain from what you've described. If it was broken you would have definitely noticed some deformity when you felt his/her leg plus way more pain. However it could be a torn ligament. My dog had to have an ACL repair and he did similar things that your dog did - lifted leg, wouldn't run or walk on it, and he stayed like that for 3-4 weeks til we took him in. If he doesnt start using his legs within 2-3 weeks it may be beneficial to take him into the vet. Stay safe
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    Originally Posted by squirrell751 View Post
    I just did this and noticed that if I squeeze around where the leg connects to the body he pulls away and flinches. So I'm guessing he's just got a sprain? Really doubt anything is broken since I felt up and down his leg and nothing, but until I got to the very top like I said and squeeze around the joint lightly he would move it. What should I do if he is sprained?
    Sounds like it, my dog sprained / strained / severe doms in both her back legs in the same area by bouncing about in a corn field last week, she was fine in a couple of days.
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