Last night Salley jumped off the deck (about 4 feet off the ground) and landed on top of Zipper (our GSP/Lab Mix) and then fell onto the stone patio. She did not yelp but she was really favoring the right hind leg and seemed to want to lie down.
This morning she did jump on the bed (as usual-6:30 am) but was again favoring the hind leg a bit out in the yard. She now also has a funny "wiggle" in her back end--which almost makes it look like she is wagging her tail when she walks. This is not normal. She's lethargic and has been on the bed most of the day.
You guys have said GSPs have a high tolerance for pain. She still wants to play and run in the yard and is responding normally to food and treats. I've given her a baby aspirin. I'm guessing to give it a couple of days and then call the vet on Monday if she's not back to normal.
What do you think? Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks for your replies. Tonight she's still favoring her leg but is evidently not too injured to waltz around honking a stuffed goose. I am concerned about that funny "wiggle" in the back end, though.
Hubby just came home and recapped the story for me. Apparently, she reminded him of Underdog as she was gaining altitude while sailing through the air. Then, she "crashed and burned" on the patio. I'm soooo glad I didn't see this as I would've come unglued. He's pretty sure she would've made a safe landing had Zipper not stopped cold and caught her off guard. I don't think this even phased Zipper (79 pound oaf)
Maybe she'll learn her lesson and be more careful next time......Yeah, right.
Get thee to a vet. It could be nothing, but if it isn't you'll kick yourself for waiting!
I agree with the other posts stating you should take your dog to a vet. My oldest, Belle (my avatar), started fidgeting in long sits in obedience. This was not normal for her. After a few weeks of this, after I tried to correct this as a problem, I new something wasn't right. I took her to the vet and he xrayed her right shoulder. I suspected a problem with that shoulder. The xrays didn't show anything. After several months and a cortisone shot, we went to see a specialist (one to the top orthopedic surgeons in Central Texas). He examined her and manipulated the shoulder with no reaction from Belle. He was about to send us home thinking there was no problem, when at the last minute he decided to do another xray. Lo and behold she had a torn bicep tendon. The specialist told me she should have bitten his head off when he manipulated the shoulder. So, yes shorthairs have a very high threshold for pain. After orthoscopic surgery and 5 weeks of recovery she is back to a hundred percent with no fidgeting on the long sit stays. So, remember you know your dog best and if something doesn't seem right go with you instincts and don' t take no for an answer. GSPs are tough and stoic. Good luck and I hope it is just a bruise or something simple, but don't ignore your instincts either.
Bev and the Pointer Sisters (Belle and Halo)
Took Salley to the vet yesterday. She seemed to be recovering from her injury over the weekend but was still lethargic for most days until later in the afternoon. On Sunday she developed constipation followed by green diarrhea (sorry for the details) on Monday. So, off to the vet we went.
Basically, he thinks that the baby aspirin might have upset her stomach (similar to a mild ulcer) as reactions to anti-inflammatories would generally appear within 24-48 hours. He could hear reduced sounds in the gut, which is evidently typical for gastrointestinal upset. So, we are now on Sucralfate to coat the stomach followed by a round of Metronidazole antibiotic. BTW, she tried to bite the vet tech when they did the stool sample (VERY uncharacteristic of her--she's so sweet and mild tempered)
With regards to the potential injury, he didn't really "feel anything" and her range of motion and walking seemed to be good. Vet feels very strongly that we need to get the stomach issue under control before looking further into an injury. So, he is leaving the injury follow up to me if I think it necessary.