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Puppy paw closed in door

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I'm sorry I haven't been posting on other threads - it's been so busy with Tenzin.

Last night I took him out to go potty before bed, the door was open, but I thought Jofi was upstairs, behind the gate in the kitchen. Suddenly she came rushing down and I quickly went to close the front door. I didn't realise Tenzin had one of his front paws on the door step - near the hinge. He screamed for about 20 seconds. We inspected his paw carefully - pad, nails - there was no blood and nothing feels different than the other leg, also he made no reaction when we touched it, but since it happened he's got a limp. When he stands, he holds up the affected leg. It was about 1am last night when it happened so we put him in his crate to sleep and see if it was better this morning. It's now 7am and he's limping still - if anything it's more pronounced. We're going to take him to the vets as soon as possible - probably in a couple of hours (he slept through the night without making a sound). I feel like such a bad mummy :( - I really hope it's nothing too serious.
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secondly he has slightly in-turned lower canines, which run the risk of digging into his gums unless they correct - they should correct on their own when the new teeth come through. But if not, can dogs wear braces??!
this exact same thing happened for us with kumo. on our vet's recommendation, we opted to have the puppy (deciduous) canines extracted at the vet dentist, because at 11 weeks they were already starting to poke into the upper gums. the vet dentist said this is a common problem in breeds with long, narrow snouts like poodles. puppy teeth are a lot easier to extract than adult teeth, because they really don't have much of a root, they're designed to fall out, so it wasn't a major procedure.

then when kumo's adult teeth started to grow in, we were instructed to do "ball therapy" with him three times a day for at least 15 min. ball therapy consists of encouraging the dog to carry a large, hard rubber ball around in its mouth -- i kid you not, the vet dentist even gave us a scientific paper about it ( the idea is that when the adult teeth are first growing in, they aren't solidly in place, and the ball pushes on the canines so they shift and point outwards as they're growing in, rather than straight up towards the roof of the mouth. we never needed braces for kumo, fortunately he loved playing with the rubber ball and his teeth grew in perfectly normally.

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