Hello, this is Dr. Bruce and I would like to help you with Pippa.
I"m sorry to hear that she is having this problem.
Which leg is the problem? Did the vet give a specific diagnosis? Were there any x-rays taken of the leg? Are you confining her to restrict her activity?
Certainly, it is possible that she will recover with no further treatment besides the medication. I usually find that 1 week is more than enough time for a young dog to fully recover. The only possible issue is that she may still be running around too much for the injury to heal. It may be a good idea for you to confine her to a crate to keep her from moving around too much even in the house. When she goes out to do her business, she should be on a leash to prevent too much stress on the leg.
If she is no better after a few days of strict confinement, then she needs further evaluation.
She would need to have an x-ray to check for any fractures or dislocations. She may even need to be seen by a specialist that does orthopedics.
I hope this helps and that Pippa is feeling better very soon. If you would like to continue this chat, please reply to this post and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Hi Dr. Bruce
Hi Dr. Bruce.
Thank you for your reply re. my Bichon Frise Pippa.
I feel more reassured after your response I shall keep her rested for a few more days see how she responds then if needed take her back to the vet. She really is a handful dispite her injury .
p.s. should I continue giving her the metacam for a little longer?
Yes, I would continue giving the metacam to help with any pain and inflammation that Pippa may be experiencing.
However, as I mentioned before, if Pippa is not better in a few days of strict rest, then she needs to be evaluated further (x-rays, etc).