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Old 08-01-2009, 07:05 PM
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I found a puppy on the side of the road sitting in the woods.

It's a female black lab. She an't be more than 8-10 weeks. This wouldn't be such a big deal but I think it has a hip/leg problem. She will walk on it, sit down like a normal dog would, but it just doesn't seem to be walking quite right IMO. Also, when you pick her up she straightens that leg out and won't bend it.

I can't get to a vet till Monday, and then I can't do much. If it needs surgery, x-rays, what ever else, she will be PTS. I don't want to take her to the Pound because I don't like out pound here at all. And I'm not a fan of how they treat the dogs at the HS either.

Would a Lab Rescue take her? I have no clue what to do. I need help.

I gave her water and she drank that readily. Gave her food mixed with water to soften it and she ate that readily too.

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Old 08-01-2009, 07:11 PM
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How is her demeanor? Does she appear to be in anguish or pain? If she seems to be comfortable, it may not be a recent injury. It might be a defect. If you can hold out till Monday, will a vet take a look at her without charging you when you explain that you just found this little pup? I would take the dog straight to the vet without calling them. Sometimes once the animal is right there in front of them, they may tend to act on it better than if you call them and they don't see the pup. In the meantime, can you take care of her...keep her quiet, feed her etc?

If she does seem to be in pain, you may need to take her to an emergency vet clinic. But be sure to stress that you can not pay for it because it's not your dog...you just happened upon her.

Or yeah....is there a Lab rescue in your area that would help?
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:19 PM
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I don't know a THING about Lab rescue. She doesn't seem to be in pain, but it's obvious that she doesn't like it touched or being picked up.

Yes, I can keep her till Monday. And if she doens't have anything wrong with her I can keep her longer to find her a home or transport her to a Lab rescue. She's got a great temperment.

She's sleeping soundly on the rug in the garage now. I've got a crate set up for her (yay for extra crates!) and she ate and drank water.
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:21 PM
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First off, try and find her home (call the shelter, any houses near where you found her, I'm sure you know the drill)

If you grope her leg a bit, does it hurt her?

Are you sure she's a lab pup? If she could pass as pure certainly contact the lab rescue.

What's her weight like?

I know my vet would do the whole shebang. It doesn't even sound like the puppy is in pain, if she's walking, sitting, eating and drinking. So, honestly, if the vet says, "we must do x rays and exploratory surgery for $3000000000) I would personally just take it home and watch it, not put it down. Different story if she cries when you feel the leg, but I think you might be jumping the gun a bit here. Because she might heal on her own, or she might not and have a leg that is a little bit "off," that doesn't mean that she's crippled or anything. Wait till there is actually something pressing beforing the PTS option, like if she's in pain or you can't keep her and have nowhere else to put her.

ETA: Yeah, well, I take a long time to type. So since she's doesn't seem to be in pain, don't have her PTS just because the vet wants some x rays.
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:24 PM
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I can't keep this puppy. I can NOT have another dog.

She doens't yelp when you touch her, but she puts her ears back and looks at you with an evil look.

She is a lab.
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Please contact Lab rescue ! They are a great group ! Kudos to you for what you have done !
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:34 PM
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How do I find a lab rescue?
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:38 PM
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Easy! A simple google search.

Labrador Friends
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I checked your state and didn't find any lab rescues unfortunately which is odd. Perhaps a non-breed specific rescue would still take him.
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I found this:

Labrador Friends of the South Inc.

Email them, and also call their number. You tend to get a faster response from rescues if you call the number.
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