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Does this sound like a dislocated hip, or possibly knee?
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17 October 2021 - 8:08 am
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I adopted my dog Jake (a chihuahua Dachshund mix) from my local animal shelter within a day or two after his right back leg was amputated several years ago. He had been doing great. He enjoyed many walks with me and could run so fast when he wanted to that many people were astounded! Yesterday, something happened to his remaining back leg. I can’t tell if there was a dislocation or some other problem. I can’t afford to get him into the vet until tomorrow (Monday, October 17th). He is still moving the leg and at times putting weight on it. I know none of you can tell me from a post what is wrong with him but I need to be emotionally prepared. Does this sound like a dislocated hip, or possibly knee? I already know I can’t afford a huge veterinarian bill and I may have to say goodbye to my dog who has been a constant companion since I adopted him. So I’m just looking for probabilities that my veterinarian could tell me. Thanks, Gloria 

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17 October 2021 - 9:53 am
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Gloria, take a deep breath and know you are doing everything right to get Jake's issue resolved. That's good you made the vet appointment and honestly I would wait until normal hours too as this doesn't sound like a critical emergency. So don't beat yourself up for waiting.

Unfortunately it's not unusual for a Tripawd to pull a muscle and have mobility issues. Usually it happens just from playing too hard, walking too far, or just an accumulation of high impact activity that's catching up with him. And until you get him evaluated there is really no point in speculating because you will make yourself sick with worry and heartache. That's not what Jake wants right? Right!

Most times when members report something like this (and it happened to our Jerry and Wyatt too), it is a pulled muscle that just needs some R&R and pain management to help it heal. Your vet can evaluate him to find out. Also, please keep in mind that the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit , so please check out the link so that you can get reimbursed, and ask your vet for a referral so Jake can heal quicker OK?

Let us know how the visit goes tomorrow. We are sending tons of Tripawd sp_hearticon2 to you and Jake!

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17 October 2021 - 4:00 pm
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Can only ditto Jerry!  

It's hard  not to jump to worse case scenarios, but as Jerry said, so very often these types of things are pulled muscle  related, a tweak of a  joint, etc,   Somput those horrible  thoughts out of your head, okay?

Being part Doxie, he may have even sprained a back muscle.  Massage up and down his spine and see of he shows  any tense areas.  

For noe, keep him as settled as possible.   Hopefully some rest and a good  anti inflammatory  from the Vet will help.

FWIW, I came home recently  on a week end night late after work, and my front leg tripawd  was basic collapsing  on his front leg.  I also couldn't  afford an ER visit, and while it was hard to watch, he was earing and wagging, etc.  I did have some pain meds on ha d (Gabapentin) and anti inflammatory  (Rimadyl).  The Vet did an xray on Monday and eliminated  any fractures.   So thankfully, with  rest and a lot of patience, he has gotten much better.

Stay connected and update when you can.    And B R E A T H E😊


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