My name is***** and I will do my best to help you with your questions about your boxer puppy.
I'm so sorry he's having trouble and has you worried, but I'm glad you're looking for the information you need to help him.
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How long ago did he hurt his leg?
I understand ... so he's holding the right rear leg up close to his body.
A few hours ago?
I'll let you in on a little trade secret.
9 week old puppies can easily hurt their legs through any manner of circumstances.
Even just during normal play.
Sometimes the injury is minor, and sometimes it's severe. At first however, most puppies will act like it's really REALLY severe.
They cry and hold the leg up and refuse to bear weight on it like your puppy is doing.
If the injury is minor, after an hour or two the puppy will be back to normal. Completely normal - 100%, even if they acted really painful before.
Since it's been a few hours for your puppy and he still won't bear weight on it, it's time for a trip to the vet.
Some types of fractures can only be detected with x-rays.
If this is a severe injury like a fracture, your puppy has a better chance for good healing if the fracture is identified and treated sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately, there's no way to tell for certain if the leg is fractured or not without x-rays in a case like this. Of course, if the leg were loose and floppy and noticeably crooked, you'd know. That's not always the case, unfortunately.
Because your pup is so young and his bones are fragile, the safest course of action is to have him seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you cannot do this until tomorrow, the appropriate thing to do is confine him to his crate so he'll be as inactive as possible while waiting.
Does this all make sense?
Good. I wouldn't recommend trying to splint the leg or anything like that.
That can do more harm than good.
Typical vet visit = 440 -$70
I mean $40 - $70
xrays are usually about $120- $150
If it's not broken and just needs to rest to heal, that's all you're looking at.
Simple fractures can be set and casted for about $300
Complex surgical repairs run into the thousands.
You'll know much more after the exam and x-rays.
Also ... it's important to avoid the temptation to give him any medicine.
Just quiet bed rest is the best thing for him.
Anything else I can help you with?
Good luck with your pup.