I noticed about two days ago that my five year-old Yorkshire Terrier had a slightly different walk/gait. He also has been holding his right front leg up on occasion and sometimes seems to place it out further, more to the side, when he is standing. He has not yelped, I see no swelling. I've felt his legs up and down and compared and cannot find any differences. He doesn't act like he's in pain at all. He is jumping, running, playing, eating… as usual. I've just noticed the small difference in his stance and his gait. So, I'm not sure if I should wait a few more days… or if I should take him to the vet. now? I know a vet. visit will be a couple hundred at least, because of the cost of just taking him, probably x-rays and at the minimum an anti-inflammatory; more if he would have a hairline fracture or something more serious. Just not sure if I should wait a few more days because he's had no change in his behavior… opinions? Similar situations? Maybe a bruise? Sprain?
Everyone that I know personally is telling me to wait it out and not take him unless it worsens. I tend to overreact and I've spent quite a bit of money just having a vet. tell me to 'bring him back in a week if he's still doing it.' And I've never had to bring him back. So, I do know how fragile he is; although he's not a teacup. He's a 10-pounder (no, not overweight… yes, AKC registered, just a big boy), but he is still very small. I just, worry a lot. He jumped down onto the hard porch a few nights ago and I kind of wonder if he stubbed it then? He has little landing pads of pillows all over the house, but he got excited over a dog passing by the house and jumped onto the porch, no yelp and no sign of distress then. Just, looking for some similar situations… what you did, what happened, etc. Thanks so much!
It's not his rear legs, which is where they usually have the luxating patellas. He had to have a femoral osteotomy so his femur could fit into his hip as a pup and is on meds. to keep arthritis at bay. His back legs are checked frequently, two to three times a year. It's his front little right leg this time. He has piles of pillows all throughout the house because I can't monitor all his jumping and he's very active; so I just try to cushion as much as I can and let him be a playful pup. Thanks though. I'm planning on a vet. appt. tomorrow (Friday) if I can get in, or on Monday.
I would suggest waiting a few days,as my Poms paw was steped on a while back and I was sure it was broken,but after I took to vet and xrays were done,no breaks were found,just a high bill to vet.Within aq few days he was ok,just a sprain.As long as your pet isn't in pain and playing ,I think you will be safe just observing him.