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    05-16-2011, 05:16 PM
Help with dog; blister on leg, limping

I'll be calling the vet as soon as my mom gets home from work, but over the past few weeks or so my Jack Russell has had a blister-type thing on the inside of his front leg, on the carpus I believe. I never paid any mind to it because it appeared to be a cut (he's outside in the barn and constantly gets scrapes from digging and chasing raccoons, rabbits, etc) and didn't bother him in the last. Today when I got ome from school, however, he was limping badly (would not put any weight on the leg) and was very mellow and quiet. He's laying on his back next to me right now, instead of begging to be let outside, which is....different.

It looks like a blister; it's dark pink and bubble-shaped, protruding from the inside/top of his "knee" on his FR leg. It doesn't seem to be tender when touched, but like I said, he won't put weight on it. He's licking it.

Can I give him equine Bute or something? I hate to see him in pain, however minimal it might be.

Like I said, I'm calling the vet when my mom gets home. Just wanted opinions as to what it might be. Food hasn't been changed; free choice of the same stuff we've been using for the past six years; water available 24/7, never any medical problems before this. I'm going to get my camera to take a picture to show you guys.
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    05-16-2011, 05:24 PM
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    05-16-2011, 05:34 PM
First, do not give him bute.
Second, yes, he should be seen by a vet ASAP. If he is lethargic it may be good to take his temperature.
I hope all turns out OK.
    05-16-2011, 05:42 PM
Green Broke
Is it hard or squishy? Is it hot? How old is he?
    05-16-2011, 05:46 PM
Thanks. I didn't think so on the Bute, but had to check anyway. He's 6 1/2, I think. It's hard when I touchh it, but with a spongy texture. Not hot or cold.
    05-16-2011, 06:20 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Thanks. I didn't think so on the Bute, but had to check anyway. He's 6 1/2, I think. It's hard when I touchh it, but with a spongy texture. Not hot or cold.
I wounder if it's a fatty tumor. My old dog has several of them. His has turned to cancer though. If it does turn out to be a fatty tumor the humane society is a way cheaper option to remove it. We didn't know that was an option till it was to lait. Our vet wants $650 to take the one off our dog. >_<
    05-17-2011, 07:11 AM
It looks like a haematoma which is an accumulation of blood beneath the skin. The skin of animals is for the most part thicker and tougher than that of humans and after a knock or blow it`s possible for the skin not to be broken and for a certain amount of haemorrhage (bleeding) to take place beneath it.
A small haematoma can be treated with a homeopathic remedy, I.e. Arnica 6c or 30c (or 6c/30/k), one dose every 1-2 hours up to 4 doses then 3-4 times daily until distinct improvement.

One dose is 1-2 tablets or a few pellets/pillules to be given in mouth or pouch.

Local treatment : Apply Hypercal or Calendula lotion (or ointment/cream/tincture) 3 times daily.

Seek veterinary advice for larger and/or painful haematomas.
    05-17-2011, 07:21 AM
Thanks for the info Wim, I'll mention it to the vet and see if they think that's what it is.
    05-17-2011, 07:22 AM
You`re welcome ! Good luck with the treatment, and please keep us posted here.
    05-17-2011, 07:30 AM
Ohh, I hope he is ok!

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