Sun, Jun 9, 2024

Puppy accidentally was a little too hyped up and ready for his walk when he fell (rolled) down a set of 4 stairs. He got up immediately and began walking/running ready to play, acting fine, I’ve checked him all over, no bleeding, eating and drinking and overall acting normal. He just had his 8 week vet check today. Should I take him in? Or should he be okay?

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It sounds like your puppy had quite an adventure! Given that he got up immediately, is walking and running normally, and is eating and drinking without any issues, it seems like he might have escaped without any serious injury. Puppies are often quite resilient, but it's always good to be cautious.

Here are a few things you can do at home to monitor him:

First, keep an eye on his movement. If you notice any limping, favoring of a leg, or signs of pain such as whimpering or reluctance to move, it could indicate a more serious injury.

Next, gently feel around his body, especially his legs and joints, for any swelling or bruising. Sometimes injuries can take a little while to become apparent, so it's good to check regularly.

Also, monitor his behavior closely. If he starts acting lethargic, unusually quiet, or shows any changes in behavior, it could be a sign that something is wrong.

Lastly, continue to observe his eating, drinking, and bathroom habits. Any changes in these could indicate internal issues.

Since he just had his vet check and is up-to-date with his vaccinations, that's a good sign. However, if you notice any of the concerning symptoms mentioned above or if you just feel uneasy about his condition, it wouldn't hurt to give your vet a call for peace of mind.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you.