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I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Lottie.
Has the vet suggested there is more going on than a muscle strain?
Did the advise some tests such as an x-ray?
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So typically a muscle strain will heal within a few days as long as we strictly rest the dog and give the medicine issued.
If this is not the case, we'd be suspicious of a more serious injury such as a ruptured knee ligament, dislocated kneecap or bone fracture. In this instance, an x-ray and exam under sedation is needed so we can make a diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.
If unable to afford an x-ray with your vet, you could see if you are eligible for charity assistance from e.g. the RSPCA or PDSA.
You can also enquire with your vet if they offer payment plans or allow payment on credit.
Hopefully Lottie improves very soon.
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