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Help with broken leg!!!

suzy_99

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Yesterday when I took Taz out for floor time, I noticed that she was walking very funny. Sometimes she would run with both of her back legs at the same time and other times she would lift one leg completely of the ground. I am wondering if this sounds like it is broken?? I felt it but i couldn't really feel anything out of place and she doesn't seem to be in severe pain. She is not moving around as much as she usually does, but she does still come running for her food and she is eating and drinking as much as usual. I can not get her into a vet until tuesday and I was also wondering if this could be something else like a broken toe (when I bought her she was already healing from one, because her nail is sideways) and I was wondering if anyone knew what they do when a guinea has a broken leg (do they set it then cast it?) and approximately how much it would cost (american or canadian $$)

Also, should i separate her from my other two cavies. Sorry for the long post, but I am just so worried.
 

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Oh my gosh! I have the same exact question! I took my male guinea pig out for floor time and the same thing happened! Ecept mine takes awile to come out. I think they were fighting, because I had mine in the same cage for the first time in awhile. So maybe yours were fighting too.
 

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Dagwell was adopted and his foot/leg was broken, There isn't anything you can really do. He was taken to the vet and I'm not sure what they did, I think they just kept him in a small place to limit too much movement on it. He still has a limp and his leg doesn't go the right way but he can get around easily just not as fast.

Some one else might be more help.
 

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I wouldn't separate if she is moving about ok. Is the bottom of her foot tender, red or swollen?
 

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See www.guinealynx.info Emergency Medical Guide. Please get them into a vet asap if you can.
 

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Just an update. Taz is doing much better today. She is now running around like she use to. She still walks a little differently, but if I didn't know her I would not be able to tell. I actually believe that she may have injured or broken a toe, because when she sits down she actually raises her toes of the floor and one toe is separated way more than the others. If this is the case I know that the vet will not be able to do anything (it has happened to me and my dog and we both got sent home and told to take it easy ). I will keep an eye on her and if it gets worse again I will be sure to take her to the vet.

Thanks for the help :)
 

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Ok, good luck!
 

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Can you call the vet and discuss it with him/her and see what they say?
 

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Dumpling was the same way when I first got her - I noticed that when she walked around, she lifted her left hindfoot off the ground. And when washing - usually guinea pigs stand on their hind feet and use their front paws to wash. I noticed she didn't do that when she washed - she would keep one front paw on the ground when washing herself. I took her to the vet, and the vet said that she had a fractured femur. The vet said I could either opt for surgery, but wasn't sure how good an idea that was b/c Dumpling was still growing, or keep her in a confined space for about 4-6 weeks so she wouldn't run around too much. I decided to keep her in a smaller space - that was about 3 weeks ago. Dumpling is actually very active right now (she wasn't before). She looks a lot better, and she's running around her cage (more than I would like, given the vet's advice). But she's even washing while standing on her hindlegs now. I'm guessing because she's younger, she also healed faster.
 

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Now that I think of it, my piggy also favored one foot for a couple of weeks when I got her. After reading all kinds of information on this site I just assumed it was a mild case of bumblefoot. Half of the cage she was originally in had a wire bottom. It only made sense to me that her feet were irritated from that. It cleared up in a couple of weeks.
 
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