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Meaty's limping.....going to vet soon......questions....

Hi, I am hoping/ praying it's nothing serious, but I want to be prepared in case Meaty is put on crate rest that

I've read about.  My questions:

1) I have read that sometimes, dogs are put on 23-hour crate rest.  How do you manage this if no one is home

during the day, and we are too far away to check in with him during the day?  I realize the obvious answer

is, you hire someone to come and let them out, but also wondered.....what if he was confined to the

kitchen, along with toys, water, food, and pads for pottying....

2) Do they usually cry a lot?  I can't imagine them being confined to a crate almost all the time---I realize

it might HAVE to be done, it's just hard to imagine---poor guy  :-( 

3)If you've been through this with your pet(s), do they usually need physical therapy, or can someone

train us to do it?

Thanks in advance, I'm so worried about my baby I am overhwhelmed  :-( 

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And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

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sorry, I meant to put spaces between the questions...NM

NM

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!

Depends on why he is limping

Could just be a sprain or a strained muscle but it could also be something more serious like a torn ligament. Confining him for rest is best done with a crate but confining to a small room with rugs to keep him from slipping would do just as well. No stairs/jumping on furniture/playing etc.

All dogs should be taught to be contained/confined when they are pups. Accident/injury/visitors/workmen in the house/travel are only a few reasons why dogs should learn that confinement is O.K. and not the end of the world.

Best of luck, let us know what the vet has to say.

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Fatboy and his crate rest experience

You have to limit any movement as much as possible to help the limping leg. Cornering off into the kitchen won't be as beneficial as they can still walk around. When we crated Fatboy (two weeks), he whined a lot. We also had to give him benedryl so he would be drowsy and not get the zoomies when we did let him out for potty breaks; and Meaty will get the zoomies. I suggest a leash when you take him out. This way you can control his walking speed when he's looking for a spot.

If his potty breaks are scheduled, he should be fine with being left alone inside the crate during the day. I don't remember if we left any toys inside for Fatboy, but I'd check on this before you do it. Also, Fatboy didn't need physical therapy as his limp healed itself when he was finished with being crated.

This is just my experience. Your situation may be different though. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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No experience...but...

Zimmer was limping the other day. I thought maybe he had a little bit of dermatitis on his paw but no. He was fine the next day but I've ordered dasquin - a few I know have used it for dogs with some arthritis or leg issues and it seems to work well. Good luck, let us know what the vet says!

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www.midatlanticbulldogrescue.com

 

 

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Which leg is he limping on?

Front or back?  Was he playing hard before it started?  Jumping off furniture, etc?  Sometimes our guys will play hard and limp and it will be gone the next day after resting all night.  Hope it's nothing serious.  

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Good Luck!

Tucker limps after he's played really hard at doggie daycare. After he gets home and sleeps for a few hrs the limp is gone.

I know, probably not the same issue but good luck Meaty!

Make sure you keep everyone updated :)

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**THANK YOU, EVERYBULLY!** Meaty's fine....the vet

didn't think it was anything, really.....plus, Meaty had stopped limping by that time.  The vet did prescribe

Rimadyl twice a day.  I was VERY concerned that something was pulled/torn, because Meaty and Sophie

play very roughly sometimes, and they JUMP on their hind legs (he was limping on his FRONT leg, though)

Last night I massaged the leg and paw and Meaty was in totallllll relaxation / la la land.....sooo cute!  THANK
YOU for your concern/ advice!  :-)  (( hugs)). 

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Our sweet Archimedes "MEATY" Bones (or as we say...boneSHHH!)    ---born 11/28/08---- our first bullllyyyy!!!

And  SOPHIE  Bubbles *Rapscallion*   (LOL!) ---born 4/3/11----our second bulllllyyyy!!!!  

Sophie's very first day home with us....awwww........May 2011.......tooo sweet for words!!!