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I found out something new last night thanks to my ignorance.  Be CAREFUL when playing in snow, specifically, hard snow.

I was playing fetch with Teddy last night on a grassy field covered by some snow.  Teddy could walk on the hardened snow without falling through it, unlike fresh powdered snow.  I left footprints because of my weight.

Well, someone else had done that earlier in the day or week (left footprints) and I wasn't thinking.  When I threw the ball after a few runs, Teddy's leg or paw got caught as he was running full speed about 30 feet away from me.  He immediately pulled up and sat up and started whimpering like 8-10 times.  I ran over to him like Usain Bolt and picked him up and took him home.

He walked around gingerly at first, but seemed better after a few hours.  I contemplated taking him to the all-night clinic (I feared a broken leg or arm/paw) but after talking to them they assured me that was highly unlikely.  Later we went for another walk and his gait seemed OK; he later climbed/jumped off the couch and my bed.

May take him to the vet today even if it's a wast of my $$$ just for the piece of mind.

This stupidity was my fault and I take the blame.....day OR night.....especially if you have a dog with small legs....be careful of playing/running in hard snow with footprints or imprints that your dog can get their legs/paws stuck in.

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I'm sorry this happened to poor Teddy. 

Poodles, and especially small Poodles, are prone to knee problems. Rather than a broken leg or foot, what you can get from this type of thing is a pulled or torn knee ligament, which is actually a much more serious injury in the long term than a break. I'd keep an eye on him, and if you see anything that seems "off", I think a vet visit is a good idea. I hope he's fine. 

Thanks Karen....I will see how he is today around the neighborhood or the Dog Park and if I see anything off, I'm taking him right in.  If I see him moving like always, I'll assume he doesn't even have any ligament or other issues.

I just wasn't thinking last night and I blame myself.  I'm an idiot.

Isn't hindsight great?! This would not have occurred to me either. I am sorry Teddy is hurt and hope his injury is minor.

Thanks Nancy.....Just took him out and he ran around a bit after a ball I threw.  Had a "hop" halfway in this run 1 or 2 times but nothing else seemed out of the normal.  I have to assume if he had a broken or torn anything he wouldn't be running or hopping but walking/dragging.

Checked the stupid footprints today, they're really not that small so he either just banged his feet or maybe even he hurt his genitals ?  I don't know but it's not like anything should have caused his foot to "grab" -- the footprints are all 1/2 to 2/3rds of his body size so not something his little feet should have gotten caught in (like a grate or a hole).

I dunno, just gonna stay clear of that for now.

I had a scare a couple winters ago.  Picco went out to get the morning paper and was running back and slipped on a patch of ice -- luckily just a scare, enough to get my attention!

Poor guy.    That broken, hard pack snow can be quite a hazard even when you're being careful.    

Teddy spent about 45 minutes at the Dog Park and looked pretty good.  I'd like to have seen him run on grass full-speed in that circling thing he does to tease me to confirm it, but I think his legs are OK.  I think I'd have heard him in pain if anything was broken or torn.

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