Kratos tripped on his leg...vet?

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Hi guys,

Me and Kratos were playing fetch at the park in our vicinity yesterday, but as he was running after one of his favorite toys he tripped over his left leg and let out a loud yelp.  I have been contimplating on whether or not I should take him to the vet to go get x-rayed because he is still limping a bit today.  I layed him down so as to compare both paws, and they both look the same size, so from what I can tell there is no swelling.  I also felt around to see if he had any major discomfort, but still nothing, only when he starts walking do I know there is something wrong because the limp continues.  Have you guys had any issues with this...I'm really worried?

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Can you tell if it's hurt from his shoulder or knee joint? will he let you move his leg with out stiffening?
I PM'ed you but I think you've answered my questions re: swelling or heat related point of origin. If he's still limping tomorrow, I would encourage you to run him in for an e-xray.
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They are so clumsy at that age. I would call the vet first. If he is putting weight on it, it will probably be ok, as he may have turned an ankle or knee. If he is holding it up and not putting any weight on it, definitely take him in.

You will know it's ok when he forgets which leg to limp on to get your sympathy. HRH never does that, but Red did when he was younger.

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He does put weight on it for the most part, he just limps a bit. It's been 3 days now and the limp continues, but occasionaly he'll just walk as if nothing were wrong.  Yet, he still insists on trying to go upstairs whether we're on the top floor or not.  He still wants to jump around and have fun, I shall call my vet tomorrow, today the office is closed.

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It's best to keep puppies younger than one year from full exertion and stairs. I know that's hard for a puppy. And fetch is a great way to forge a strong return command. But exercise at this age should be limited.

Most Doberman puppies go through gimpy periods where they favor a leg, due to growing pains. If he's putting weight on it I wouldn't worry too much. Just be careful not to pay any attention to the injury as far as he's able to see.

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Okay, I'll definitely keep him from the stairs, I guess the stress from his leg though made his left ear flop a bit, so I had to post again.  He has his appointment this Thursday, his vet was pretty booked all week.  I'm just taking him to make sure there is no hairline fracture or anything that can get worse. 

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Keep us posted and hopefully he will get a clean bill of health.

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Mia did something very similar 2 weekends ago. She had an obvious limp after stumbling  while sprinting after a labradoodle at the park.

I didnt take her to the vet but spoke with the vet who said to wait a little while and see how it goes. I refrained from walks for about a week and the limp slowly but gradually seemed to improve. It probably took about 10 days for it to go away but now she seems fine.

Having had her previously break a leg it was obvious that it was minor by comparison! The whole thing seemed more distressing for us than it did her!

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Thanks guys,

   As you all know I took Kratos to the vet today, and she said he was completely fine that she could not feel a thing.  She told me the same thing; it was probably more distressing for me then for him.  Oh and now he's all done with his shots too, I figure while I'm there might as well finish his up his third round of shots.  I guess momma was overreacting!

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We all tend to do that at times. We want them to be hale and hearty and go into a minor panic is something is wrong.

I reserve major panic for major items, like when Cindy got hit by a Jeep and Red chewed up a glass mercury thermometer. Red was not affected, Cidy spent three weeks at the vets and except for a big scar on her rump survived it ok.