Hello,
I have a dog I rescued 5 years ago, he is very skittish and nervous.

Last night he slipped on some ice, there didn't appear to be too much wrong with him last night but today he cant' put weight on his right rear leg.
I wanted to take him to the vet today but he cant' get in the car on his own and he's so nervous I can't lift him as he just trashes around which I fear will hurt him more. He is in discomfort.

I'm worried about him but can't touch him much as he's so nervous even with me. I tried to get the vet to come to the house but he can't today or tomorrow.
There doesn't seem to be swelling but I'm not sure, anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks,
John
Hello, I have a dog I rescued 5 years ago, he is very skittish and nervous. Last night he slipped ... but he can't today or tomorrow. There doesn't seem to be swelling but I'm not sure, anyone have any suggestions?

1) How big is Dog? Can you put him in a crate and then put the cratein the car?
2) Can you coax him up a jury-rigged ramp made of a 1x8 or sheet ofplywood?

Kate
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Hello, I have a dog I rescued 5 years ago, he is very skittish and nervous. Last night he slipped ... but he can't today or tomorrow. There doesn't seem to be swelling but I'm not sure, anyone have any suggestions?

Wrap his torso in something snug, but not so tight that he can't breathe. A couple of wide elastic (nonsticky) bandages works well. This should help calm him down. It's a technique that a T-touch practitioner taught me - it works pretty well.
There's also a homeopathic vet medication that helps calm dogs without sedating them - Homeopet for Anxiety. My vet uses it to calm my Chihuahuas while cleaning their teeth, because they have heart murmurs and she doesn't want to sedate them unless absolutely necessary.
Or perhaps your vet can prescribe something to mildly sedate your dog enough to let you lift him into the car.
HTH -
FurPaw

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Hello, I have a dog I rescued 5 years ago, he is very skittish and nervous. Last night he slipped ... can't today or tomorrow. There doesn't seem to be swelling but I'm not sure, anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, John[/nq]I have a dog that slipped on the ice last week also. I got her into the vet on Monday, and sure enough, she had broken a bone in her wrist and had inflammation in her elbows where she sprained her tendons. Some pain medications, and she's acting like herself again. Sometimes consequences of falling on ice can be much more severe. I had a dog that slipped on ice and was just stiff the next day. He had a non-healing compound fracture that should have required amputation, and the specialist said that kind of injury is always a dangling leg injury.

Since it can't be fixed, amputation was recommended. EXCEPT.. he was using it. We decided since he WAS using it, we wouldn't amputate unless it became necessary. He was always careful with it, and we were always careful with him. It altered his life and the way we treated him, and the things he did. We were glad to know, and needed to be conscious about it. But even his original vet who xrayed and diagnosed the issue and referred us to a spocialist had to be reminded everytime he picked him up to be careful how he did it, because that leg wasn't attached.

PLEASE be careful. It was easy to forget, because he was a very stoic dog. Other issues may be hip, patella, or cruciate ligament injury.
Perhaps the vet can give you a sedative to feed him, so that you can transport this dog to the vet?
There doesn't seem to be swelling but I'm not sure, anyone have any suggestions?

A crate is best but if you can't make that work then ask the vet if they'll give you something, medication-wise, to knock him out long enough to get him to the clinic. Knowing his weight is necessary and explain why you cannot get him there via normal means.

Tara
If he can limp, then using a longish ramp, with a gentle slope, that will allow him to get into the car might be the least stressful way, If you or a friend have a station wagon that would be better as it is easier for him to get comfortable with more stretch out room.

A number of boxes etc making a series of 'steps' that will allow him to enter the car might also work.
Also have you asked the vets advice? He may give you a considered opinion about the best option - go now with risk of further injury or wait until tomorow and rest in the meantime.
Good luck
David