Dog Has Swollen Leg (cont.)
When to Get to the Vet
If your dog seems to be in a great deal of pain, skip the exam and follow the directions for transporting an injured dog included in “How to Transport an Injured Dog” [not available online]. Get her to a veterinary emergency facility immediately.
If your exam revealed a distinct coldness of any portion of the limb, get your dog to an emergency clinic immediately. Sometimes circulatory difficulties will result in poor venous return from the limbs and blood will pool in them, causing dramatic, puffy swelling. These legs may get quite cold.
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.