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Deciding if I should take Gitter to the Vet now

Poor little Gitter. This morning when I heard the school bus coming down the street I opened the front door and yelled for DS to hurry up. Gitter ran out and was standing on the driveway. DS ran out the door and got all tangled up with Gitter and it was horrid.

He must have stepped on Gitter, hard, while he was trying to avoid stepping on him which of course made it worse. Gitter was running in circles and yelping. He barely came to me. When I finally gathered him up in my arms to go inside I was certain DS must have stepped on him in a way to break his leg.

I sat and held him for a while and soon he calmed down. Gitter allowed me to touch his leg and that was alright. No whimpering. I touched him all over his body and he was fine with that. Anyway, I decided that no emergency vet was needed but that maybe he should go to our regular vet.

He did limp for about an hour but now he is walking fine. I am not sure if I should take him or just monitor him for a few more hours. DS feels horrible and has texted me every 15 minutes since I made him get on the bus. It was an accident and between the rush he was in, our asphalt driveway and my little black Gitter....well it happened.

Do you think I need to make an appointment or should I just watch him? He did got out to potty and jumped up the two front steps to get into the house.

I am thinking he will be fine but should I take him to confirm it?
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We have had the same type of incident in the past (with another dog, not Linus). You tend to know if they are truly hurt or just slightly injured that will take a few days to recover from. We get scrapes and bruises and such that will eventually heal, and so will they.

The main thing would be to palpate the abdomen. Any signs of hardness or pain? Or is it just the arms/legs you are concerned about? Watch the type of limping and the attitude of the dog. You are the best judge probably. And then, if you still just don't feel right....definitely go to the vet.

Just my opinion--hope that helped.

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I am so sorry this happened poor Gitter I am sure he was scared as much as you and your DS. Personaly I would wait and see. Just watch for signs of an internal injury. If he is walking fine and can go up stairs I would think he was fine. but that is just my opinion.

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Karen of course that helps.

I was more concerned with his legs because I was certain he stepped on him. We did have a great belly rub session a little bit a go so I'm thinking that's good too.

I just don't want to be a negligent mom and I worry about my little guy.
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Katrina what would be the signs of internal injury. It seems that you and Karen have similar concerns.

He is lying on my lap while I type. I'll go in a heartbeat to the vet.
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Have you ever rubbed your abdomen or a child's to check for appendicitis? You do not press very hard, but you are firm keeping your fingers together as you "search" with pressure. Any knots, areas that produce a whimper (other than being annoyed they are on their back in Linus's case"), or you see any signs of bleeding--go in. Signs of internal bleeding usually look like burst capillaries under the skin or, of course, blood in the stool. But these types of injuries are usually so uncommon from just getting tangles up with a dog unless the dog was actually kicked several feet.

If you were already doing belly rubs and a petting session, sounds like your dog is fine.

Any attitude change? Nervous when anyone moves? Sometimes dogs do not show they are in pain, but subtle cues help you know they are.
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Have you ever rubbed your abdomen or a child's to check for appendicitis? You do not press very hard, but you are firm keeping your fingers together as you "search" with pressure. Any knots, areas that produce a whimper (other than being annoyed they are on their back in Linus's case"), or you see any signs of bleeding--go in. Signs of internal bleeding usually look like burst capillaries under the skin or, of course, blood in the stool. But these types of injuries are usually so uncommon from just getting tangles up with a dog unless the dog was actually kicked several feet.

If you were already doing belly rubs and a petting session, sounds like your dog is fine.

Any attitude change? Nervous when anyone moves? Sometimes dogs do not show they are in pain, but subtle cues help you know they are.
I can check for that.

Initially he wanted to be with me constantly and then he did spend some time in his crate. Now he is back to following me around. He did jump up on me and that's why he is lying on my lap for now.

I love this little dog. He just melts my heart everyday.
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Take care Gitter! Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you are OK!
Just a thought since it is Friday--is your Vet open on the weekend??

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I hope that Gitter is all right!

And, your poor son! I know how easy it is to get tangled up with a pet, and the harder you try to correct and not step on them, the more they seem to move to where your feet need to go. I'm sure he feels awful...

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I completely understand. I can't believe how I have bonded with Linus. He is so much more than a dog. I just got him a nice new bed today that I put under my desk. He is sleeping there right now while I "work".
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