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Hi All! New here, but wanted to get some insight/advice about our 7-month old English Cream Golden, Jasper. He was playing in the backyard and when we called him inside, he ran full-speed and slammed his leg on the door/ledge while entering. He yipped and cried, wasn't putting weight on his leg, so we took him to the ER. After 4 hours of waiting, the doctor told us she was unable to pinpoint the injury because Jasper wasn't growling/biting/reacting at her touch. He's SUCH a people person and loves being pet, it's no wonder he didn't react when she was touching him. She said it would be another 4 hour wait for X-rays, so we took him home. The next morning, he went to his regular vet. This vet reiterated that she was unable to pinpoint the problem, but that her opinion was it was either a soft tissue injury, or a hairline fracture somewhere (probably his elbow). They prescribed some inflammatory medication, as well as an anti-anxiety med (to help calm him down), and told us to reduce exercise for 2 full weeks. It has been one week and we've seen mild improvement - sometimes he'll limp, but other times he's totally fine. He desperately wants to run/play - our biggest challenge has been containing him and keeping him calm. I'm concerned that we don't know what exactly is wrong with him - it kills me to see him frustrated and contained all day. He's lashing out a bit - biting and refusing to go into his crate. Curious if anyone else has been through this and has any advice. I'm the one who seems to need anti anxiety meds these days!! Thank you!!
 

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I would very definitely recommend getting an x-ray. The lashing out is indicative of pain and would concern me. It's important to know exactly what the injury is, so it can be treated properly.

Best of luck, hope you get some answers.
 

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Thank you!!! We'll call the vet today and ask for X-rays. She didn't recommend them because she said his behavior didn't indicate a big break. But it's causing us anxiety not knowing what the problem is, so best to do our due diligence. Lashing out is mostly in reaction to not being able to walk or play - he wants to run around and when we don't let him, he gets frustrated. I so appreciate your reply. Hoping he gets better soon :(
 

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Take him to an orthopedic specialist. I’m not sure where your located but I highly recommend VOSM (Veterinary Orthopedic Sports Medicine) in Annapolis Junction Maryland. We took our puppy to Univ of Penn and a couple of other places trying to figure out what was wrong and how to treat it. VOSM figured it out in one visit and he ran his second hunt test this weekend. There was a time I wasn’t sure he would ever be able to run.

No matter where your located call an orthopedic specialist. It will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
 

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I agree that if it were my dog I'd want an x-ray, just in case it tells you something important (even if it's just that there are no bone injuries, so you can stop worrying about that).

As far as his confinement... it's a common challenge. Just remember that using his brain can be just as exhausting (if not more so) than using his body. It's a great time to teach him some tricks! He might also enjoy eating his meals frozen in a kong or scattered into a snuffle mat, or maybe use a licki-mat with canned food, or something soft like cream cheese or peanut butter (in moderation).

Hopefully you only have another week or so to get before he can start running around again...
 

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I agree that if it were my dog I'd want an x-ray, just in case it tells you something important (even if it's just that there are no bone injuries, so you can stop worrying about that).

As far as his confinement... it's a common challenge. Just remember that using his brain can be just as exhausting (if not more so) than using his body. It's a great time to teach him some tricks! He might also enjoy eating his meals frozen in a kong or scattered into a snuffle mat, or maybe use a licki-mat with canned food, or something soft like cream cheese or peanut butter (in moderation).

Hopefully you only have another week or so to get before he can start running around again...
Thank you so much! Yes, Jasper is getting X-Rays as we speak. Hoping it gives us more clarity and he’s back to his old self shortly. It’s heartbreaking to watch him be in pain. I hate that we have to keep medicating him/partially sedating him, but I try to remind myself it’s for his own good.
 
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