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Baggins' Bites: Has This Ever Happened to You?
April 17, 2012
Hey Dog Lover,

I don't know about you but in the absence of blood, choking or other obvious signs, I find it tough to gauge a true emergency.

Here’s what happened.

Jakey, my housemate’s lab mix started limping and whining on Saturday afternoon.

I was sitting in bed working on the computer when I heard him cry out. I came running in alarm. He was cowering on the stairs and wouldn’t move.

Even Sammy was worried.

Trouble was, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. He was favoring his front right leg but an examination of his paw showed nothing. He went down a step, then turned around and went up two steps, then cried out and stopped.

Maybe he’d pulled a muscle?

He probably weighs roughly 70 lbs., so I knew I couldn’t pick him up from the awkward position on the stair. Sammy and I sat with him for a few minutes and waited to see what he’d do next.

His ears were back, his tail was down, and his back was hunched. Classic fear posture. He seemed stuck mid stair.

My impulse was to try and pick him up (nothing was obviously broken) and lay him on the couch or bed where he’d be more comfortable. Yet, I couldn’t pick him up from this position. So, I went outside for help where M. was chopping up a fallen tree limb.

Jakey didn’t wait for the rescue.

While I was outside, Jakey took himself upstairs and climbed onto “his” bed. (I figured if he could jump onto a bed 3 feet in the air, he must not be too bad off.)

But he did look miserable, poor thing.

I texted his “mom” and went to my trusty resource of Veterinary Secrets Revealed where Dr. Jones reminded me Arnica was good for sprains and pulled muscles.

I happened to have a tube, rubbed some on his joints, and worked it into his paw for good measure.

It seemed to help. He lay quietly and didn’t look as mournful.

Today he was bounding around as normal. I'm not sure that was the cure, but I recommend keeping some on hand.

While in the ebook, I also read up on white willow bark as a pain reliever and 15 other natural remedies.

It’s my “go to” source for natural health remedies.

Have you picked up your copy yet?

Yours in Treats and Health,

Jen & Sammy the best in dog treat recipes

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