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I am new to this fourm so glad to find this forum. My concern is that on Wednesday my doggie broke her leg. I immediately took her to the emergency vet and they put a splint on her. Last night I notice that a couple of times she would cry when she tried to get up and walk. Once she is up she seems okay. The vet didn't give me any pain medicine to give her. Is this normal for her to still be in pain if she is wearing the splint on her leg?? Is there any pain medicine I could give her?? Should I be concern and take her back to the vet? Please help me with any suggestions this is the first time I have been thru this .
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You need to find a different vet, broken legs are EXTREMELY painful, even wearing a splint, all the splint does is stabilize the bones so they heal 'straight' as possible. They do nothing for the pain other than make it so everytime your dog walks it isn't standing on the broken part. She needs pain medications. There really is nothing 'safe' that you can give her at home. She should have her splint changed at least every 5-7 days as well. Sorry your baby is in pain.
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I'm sure someone with experience in this area will get to you soon. I can't believe your vet didn't give anything for pain. Have you tried contacting your vet to let him know what's going on? It's important that the bones heal correctly. They may not be splinted right where the bones can heal right. Keeps up posted.
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You need to find a different vet, broken legs are EXTREMELY painful, even wearing a splint, all the splint does is stabilize the bones so they heal 'straight' as possible. They do nothing for the pain other than make it so everytime your dog walks it isn't standing on the broken part. She needs pain medications. There really is nothing 'safe' that you can give her at home. She should have her splint changed at least every 5-7 days as well. Sorry your baby is in pain.

Thanks for the advice . Yeah I am going to take her to a different Vet tomorrow. I guess since it was a emergency room vet clinic they didn't really care about the pain she might be in and just wanted to get us out of there fast (there was too many other poor animals waiting to be treated) . I know they gave her pain medicine that day but they didn't give me anything to give her at home. Yeah they did mention that I need to have it changed every 5-7 days ... but I guess it is best I take as soon as possible to make sure it was put on correctly and to get her some pain meds.
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I'm sure someone with experience in this area will get to you soon. I can't believe your vet didn't give anything for pain. Have you tried contacting your vet to let him know what's going on? It's important that the bones heal correctly. They may not be splinted right where the bones can heal right. Keeps up posted.
How did your baby break his leg?
I know isn't that horrid . I guess because it was a emergency vet clinic and not a regular vet they didn't think about that. I know they gave her something that day but nothing for me to give to her at home. I just contacted a new vet because I moved to a new area so they want me to take her in tomorrow to make sure it was splinted correctly.

On how it happened my son was holding her and she saw another dog from a distance and leaped out of his hands. she didn't quite land right (yikes) hit the floor. She didn't break the whole leg but the bones on the paw that attach her fingers (I forgot what medical term is). It was such a tragedy for us I couldn't stop crying. My poor baby.. I hate to see her like this she is usually a very active dog and to see her just laying there breaks my heart.
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The splint was probably just placed as a temporary fix until you could get to your regular vet. A splint isn't stable enough for that to heal, so her bones will be grating against each other. She needs a cast, or at least something better than just a splint. Did you go to your regular vet for follow up? They will also give her something for pain. Please go right away and don't wait.
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The splint was probably just placed as a temporary fix until you could get to your regular vet. A splint isn't stable enough for that to heal, so her bones will be grating against each other. She needs a cast, or at least something better than just a splint. Did you go to your regular vet for follow up? They will also give her something for pain. Please go right away and don't wait.

No I didn't because emergency vet clinic told me to see the Vet on Monday so they can change her splint. They informed me that she wouldn't need a cast for the bone to heal that they splint would heal it. I assumed they knew what the hell they were taking about since they handle doggies in emergency situations. I didn't realize that my poor girl will still be in pain . I just moved to a new area so I am not near the regular Vet I take her to. I did some calling around today and found one in my area. I will take her tomorrow so they can check her out better and maybe get her on some pain medicine.
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Sorry to hear about your lil' girl.

Aidyn has a broken leg too, and the vet gave him 10 days worth of pain meds. Which was enough for him. He has had two casts that had the hard splint to keep it immobilized and now is in a softer walking cast. After his meds ran out he didn't need them anymore, he didn't hurt nearly as bad. It's been about four weeks since he broke it, so hes almost completely healed now. It's hard for those first few days, hope she feels better soon. I'm sure you'll keep a good eye on it, and since the break isn't in the same place as Aidyn's it might not apply, but watch out for the foot starting to turn inward. Aidyn's leg started turning inward and the leg was healing crooked, the vet has is straightened out now though.

Aidyn sympathizes with your baby, hope she feels better soon.
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