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right leg swollen

Category: general | Submitted: 17 March 2007 02:15PM | viewed 4454 times
Q Ben asks:

Dakota's leg is swollen and black and blue he can't stand, sit or lay without severe pain. We took him to the vet and had many tests done only to be told he can't find anything he's been tested for cancer and all blood work was done all normal. Vet has him on anti-inflammatories and pain-killers; its not working I'm making a harness to take the weight off. Should I ice it or heat it?

Q Our vet says: Firstly be very careful about making a harness or any other type of bandage, since any type of binding or bandaging could potentially cause very serious damage to the leg if incorrectly applied. Sometimes movement of the limb is important in the healing process; so please talk to your vet about this before you apply anything to the leg. Applying ice or direct heat to the leg may cause problems and further damage since Dakota cannot tell you if it is too hot or cold.

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