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My dog got hurt today

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I was out with my two Springers today. We were working a WMA just west of my house. My little female, Ring, hit scent and was trailing a bird when she went down. It looked like she tripped in a hole. She got back up and continued on and stopped and laid down briefly. My male Onee ran past her and flushed a hen, but Ring showed no interest. She came back to me and gave me a look that said "I'm done", so we quit.

I can see no external injury, and she walks just fine, no limp or anything like that. But she refuses to run or jump. I'm going to let her rest in the house for the rest of the weekend and all next week. I hope she hasn't damaged a leg.

I love that little wench dog :cry: .

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Over the next several days, carefully observe how well she eats and carefully examine her stools and urine for any signs of blood or anything out of the ordinary. If she eats well, poops well, and pees well, then she doesn't likely have any injuries to her digestive system. If that's the case, then her injury is likely to be muscular/skeletal in nature. In that case, just let her be the judge of when she is ready to go back to hunting.

If she doesn't eat well for several days or shows blood in her stool or urine, I'd take her to a vet immediately. Also, check her over carefully for any swelling or for any tenderness in a particular spot. Tenderness may indicate a bruise, torn ligament, or perhaps even a broken bone.

In other words, just check her over and watch her closely. After a couple of days, you should have a pretty good idea of the nature of her injury. Good luck. I hope it isn't serious.
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