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I think my dog broke his toe...
pandadub posted:
My dog started limping yesterday morning and walking on three legs. It's his left back leg. I think his outer toe looks a little bit swollen compared to the other side. I've looked up what to do already but everyone says something a little different. I currently do not have the money to take him to the vet, so what should I do?
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Hopefully by this time your dog is running around on all 4 legs. Even for a veterinarian personally examining a pet, it can be difficult to determine the cause of a may be a broken toe, it could be a damaged ligament in the leg or an arthritis issue that is flairig up. I would not suggest giving your pet over the counter human pain relief medication...they can be toxic to pets. If your dog is still favoring the leg, tell your friends and family rather than giving you gifts for the holidays, you would appreicate them assisting you in any fees associated with a visit to your veterinarian.
Best of luck.


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