Crate rest is best as it prevents too much running about or jumping on and off the furniture. As the dog begins to feel better, he often does too much and goes back to square one, so crate rest really helps speed up the healing process.
1 ) Obtain the topical arnica. Topical arnica (also called Leopard’s bane) comes in a variety of forms, such as a tincture of 70 percent ethanol, or in cream or ointment form. It can be purchased at most health food stores and many drugstores.
2) Pour the topical arnica directly onto the bruised area and gently massage it into the skin. The sooner you can apply arnica, the more effective it will be in healing your bruise. Arnica will reduce the swelling, discoloration, and discomfort of the bruised area.
3) Store your arnica at room temperature. Very hot or very cold temperatures can degrade the integrity of topical arnica and may render it less effective.
4) Reapply topical arnica to the affected area according to the instructions on your product label. In general, reapplication can be as often as needed for topical arnica, since the skin will absorb it at an appropriate rate. Topical arnica is safe for use in adults and children, but consult the product label as children require a smaller dose. I would go with children’s dosage for dogs.
5) Discontinue use of arnica if there is any irritation or eczema on skin where it has been applied, as can happen with prolonged use. Don’t use arnica on that area again until the skin is healed.
* the dog seems depressed, off colour and is reluctant to eat
* the limb or foot swells up
* pain seems to be increasing rather than decreasing
* surgical wounds are swollen, discharging or not healing
* there is no attempted use of the leg several weeks after surgery
* a discharge is noted from underneath any dressing or around the pins of an external fixator
Should any of these signs occur, please contact your vet ASAP