My 4 month old Italian Greyhound broke her front paw today and we had to take her to an emergency vet to have it set in a cast/splint. They said it most likely would not need surgery and would heal in 4 to 6 weeks. I have been reading online that surgery is often needed for these breaks, but maybe she doesn't need surgery because she is a puppy, or a small dog? Does it sound right that a break like this can heal without surgery? I don't want her to be in pain and I really don't want to constantly worry that she is going to step wrong and her leg is going to break again in the future - however I will probably always have that worry now. Is there anything I should be feeding her to help her bones be stronger?
Age: 4 months
Sex/neuter status: Female not spayed yet, too young
Breed: Italian Greyhound
Body Weight : 7 pounds
History: We got her at 10 weeks. She is our 7th Italian Greyhound that we have had, but we normally adopt adult or senior dogs. We know legs on Italian Greyhounds are delicate. Carter loves to play and run around the yard. She is super fast.
Clinical signs: Radius and ulna are broken... Vet said it was a good spot for a break…
Duration: she was coming down the stairs and must have jumped or skipped a step and all of a sudden I heard a scream and I knew something horrible happened. I then saw her leg and it was obvious it was broken.
General location: Suburbs of Chicago
What do they look like I havenr really found out what they look like our what they other than they got invaded any udeas?
Good day Doctors, My right hand thumb has been really painful for the last 2-3 months. This past week it became so painful that I can hardly open a soft drink bottle. Then like today its normalish again. I went to the local GP and he said I should get an xray to see if its broken. The xray came back with the following commens from the radiologist:
I took the xrays and letter from radiologist back to the GP and he said its nothing just a little bit of inflamation and going for a hand MRI is a waste of money.
However, I am very doubtful of this diagnosis. He prescribed some ibuprofen and predisone 5mg.
I slammed my left hand against a rigid iron fence along with my bicycle. I was kinda sure the bone was broken since the swelling was massive.
Turns out, I only damaged my tendon muscle, the bone was safe.
The doctor said I had really strong bones.
(Just wanted to let the skeleton worshippers that I am one of them)
Hi there, my little minpin leapt off the couch this morning and the vet finally called to confirm a fracture. I’m assuming she’s not going to be able to be a normal pup for the next 2 or 3 months and I’m devastated. Has anyone been through something similar and has a few tips for keeping the puppy occupied and happy? I work 9-5 from home so I’m here and she is happy to nap in her crate, but doesn’t like being in there awake for long.
Feeling super overwhelmed. I literally fainted this morning while she was screaming after her fall because it was so traumatic.
This little fella's name is ZJ022 AKA "Alvin"
He works as a "behavior study participant" in a lab.
One day, Alvin got sick and tired of his daily routine, and decided to escape, so he jumped from a 2 feet high bench.
Unfortunately for Alvin, he jumped from too high place, landed on hard floor, and landed in wrong posture.
As result, Alvin got traverse radius fracture/ulna oblique displaced fracture.
Usually, in this scenario on small rodents, euthanasia is most commonly performed, because of it's ginormous medical bill, long time of dedication for post-op nursing up to 3 months, and difficulty to locate an veterinary specialist who can perform an orthopedic surgery on small rodents.
However, luckily, Alvin was happened to be in a lab where they have exotic veterinarians, veterinary orthopedic surgeons, and RLATs.
So, we decided to repair Alvin's little foot.
First, we decided to align the Alvin's affected limb and place a cast until it's in acceptable condition to perform a repair surgery.
And of course, Alvin didn't enjoyed his cast and e-collar.
Looks like Alvin's bones are aligned good enough.
Now let's prep for the surgery.
Isoflurane chamber induction.
Clipped and surgically cleaned.
We were thinking about intubation initially due to prolong expected duration of the surgery, but chipmunk has too high risk from intubation due to potentially high risk of laryngeal spasm.
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Dog, Xochi. Fixed Female. 2 years old. Terrier Mix. 10lbs. Complete Radius and ulna fracture. Happened 7/17 10pm. Otherwise healthy and happy. Seattle area.
Edit**More details after getting vet writeup: "Radiograph before splint: closed, non-comminuted, complete transverse fracture of L radius and ulna. Some rotation and craniolateral displacement, significant soft tissue swelling. Radiograph after splint: rotation is improved/resolved, and fracture lines are closer together. However, fracture is still dislocated cranially and laterally."
Terrible night. I let Xochi out for her bedtime pee, she saw a rabbit and took off top speed (in fenced grass yard). She jumped over a ledge and landed wrong and immediately was screaming in pain, whole front left was limp, and ankle was bending the wrong way. Held her as she wailed and trembled in my lap as I called hospital after hospital. Everyone at capacity. Finally found someone with a 4 hour wait. Get there and she's bumped up because of her pain. X rays show complete fracture of ulna and radius. The break looks jagged. Splint, pain meds, x-rays cost over $1000 and she's there overnight bc of delays. Need to decide if we should pay $8000 for surgery or go with amputation. The surgery would wipe out our savings. Could crowdsource money. Scared of complications needing more costly surgery down the line, which I could not afford. Also scared that if we amputate, her remaining front leg will be vulnerable to injury as it will bear all the weight and impact. But to be honest I want to be encouraged to amputate, because I feel like surgery, confinement, and potentially prolonged and painful healing process would be more stressful for her.. i really don't know.
I'm so sad this happened to her. My heart is aching thinking about her alone and in ER right now. I'm picking her up at 6am and haven't slept at all. Wish I could rewind and change last night.
I don't know how to post xray picture but will try in the comments. Please be kind if I did some formatting wrong for this post.