My dog has been limping for the past few days. I noticed it before while he was outside, but I thought he was just holding his paw up to keep it out of the cold snow. Today I noticed him keeping his weight off that leg. It's the front left leg. At first I thought it was just his paw, but it wasn't sensitive to the touch. Then later, he was lying next to me and I sort of leaned over him and he squealed in pain - that's when I realized it's actually his whole shoulder, and maybe some of the upper leg, I'm not sure.
Three days ago I was clipping his nails, and as usual he was squirming like a maniac. He's a big lab / great dane cross, so he's extremely strong. He and I were fighting over his paw, and he squealed at one point so I stopped for the day. I didn't think anything of it at the time but could I have dislocated his shoulder?
I just looked up what sort of pain relief I could give him before we go see a vet and so I gave him a crushed Aspirin tablet. He was lethargic all afternoon - even the word "outside" didn't inspire any excitement in him. I'm really worried. Is there any possibility that a dislocated shoulder will heal on its own, or is vet care absolutely necessary?
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