As I write this, my rescued Malamute, Kodiak came up three-legged yesterday. Totally odd. He got up and was badly limping on his left hind. Of course, I'm wondering why...by last night he refused to bear weight on the leg. My first thought was he suffered burns on his pads due to 115 degree heat and despite my best attempts to protect paws, pavement has to be crossed for about 20 feet to get to grass....so I noticed what looked like some tar on the hair around pads...so washed his paws and cut the hair.
Whenever one of my critters has issues, I pretty immediately do REIKI and give Ledum and Arnica....so of course that's what I did. I put a sling around him using a towel and got him downstairs and outside to potty...was tough...he refused to weight bear...but he did pee and I got him back up the stairs. I'm no different then anyone else, wondering if he needs to go to the vet, could it be tick fever, a strain, a tear? But then I PAUSED...good GRIEF, animals are like we are, we get hurt, we wake up and have aches and pains, get pinched nerves doing nothing...plus I'm currently unemployed so a vet bill is NOT something that is an OPTION.
This morning I encouraged him to get up...put a towel sling on him and helped him outside...let him figure it out and within about 20 feet he was doing some weight bearing...but the time we got on grass, he was gingerly walking on it. I noticed potential small amount of swelling in his joint, but I still think it's pad related.
So we got back into the house and I helped him up the stairs. He's eating and drinking fine and alert...so I'm setting intent that this too will heal and he'll be fine. Sometimes you need to step back and let things heal. He is not SICK, he is SORE...I will continue to monitor and treat and do REIKI...seriously REIKI is such a healing tool.
So keep Kodiak in your thoughts and help him to heal naturally.
When you have your own crisis with a pet, just breath and be aware...