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julie

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I just noticed one of Roxies hind legs is swollen... I have been gone all day and nobody else noticed it. There doesnt appear to be any thing else wrong, I havent checked her temp yet. Nobody noticed her injure it.. I will take her in to get checked tomorrow, but in the mean time, does anyone have any suggestions as to what it might be? In this economy, it is rough to go into the vets office and pay a couple hundred, half the time it seems people on the board have the answer!! I thin it is either a strain or infection. How do you know and at what point do you go in to the vet??
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Julie

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Where in the leg is it swollen and is it warm to the touch, is she limping?


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Not to scare you, but Hippo had a swollen leg last month that led to high fever to the extent of being life-threatening. The vet found nothing with x-ray or blood tests, but treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.  He was very sore in the stifle, so it could have been a soft tissue injury, but the swelling could indicate a penetrative wound. The vet said if it hadn't been below freezing with snow on the ground, he would have suspected snakebite.

If it's not better, I would have a vet see it.


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Lots of things can cause swelling in a leg, some are no big deal, most need some sort of treatment, and some are a huge problem.  A trip to the vet is in order to find out what is wrong and start treatment if needed.  Unfortunately I just had to research leg issues for my rescue girl and here is what I learned, and what my vet said they are looking for with leg issues.   it could be a strain or sprain if there is slight soft swelling, some heat, and pain with movement, acute non weight bearing followed by some improvement in a hind limb is often a cructiate ligament issue, warm or hot limbs that are painful to touch is usually an infectioud process, cellulitis. lymphagitis or bite of some kind.  Hard areas that cause lameness with little or no swelling or known trauma is very bad.
Hope your girls problem is the no big deal variety and all works out. 


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I took my girl to the Vet today, I recently decided to change vets and both Roxie and I loved this new Dr.

She examined the leg and didnt suspect any broken bones, her temp was up to 103. She put her on antibiotics and took some blood to run some tests... She suspected a bite or a puncture, I now recall a couple weeks ago, she did cut her foot, It was a tiny cut and I really didnt think to much of it... I actually had forgotten about it. While she was drawing up the blood I had her draw for a complete thyroid panel, she will call with the results. Not that I think this is related to thyroid, I just havent had hers checked since the pups.

thanks for the imput!!

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