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Old 02-21-2013, 07:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So Stark has been having a slight limp on his one back leg for the past couple of days. Probably not super noticeable to others, but those of us that know Stark could tell.

I let it go, thinking that maybe he pulled a muscle while playing in the snow or on the ice.. well, I couldn't sleep last night because I was worried it was HD or DM or something just as horrific (even though Stark had prelims that would of went 'excellent' I was told).

So, brought him in this morning as soon as them opened (6am!) and.... he has a broken toe!

No swelling, no wound.. the vet thinks he was playing on the ice or in the snow when he did it.

He is on 2 weeks of bed rest/crate rest and we will re-evaluate at that time if all is okay within the 2 weeks.

No medication since it is not causing him *that* much pain or limping. No bandage either.

Just waiting it out.

It's his back right leg (if standing behind him), the middle toe - looks almost like his nail/bottom part of toe is over the one next to it.. poor guy!

Will try to get a photo later.

Anyone ever experience this? What did your vet do? How long did it take to heal?
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I have had two dogs break toes
Dogs like us about 8 weeks to completely heal a broken bone

Crate rest then restricted activity (I let mine walk on them just no playing/chasing balls easier said than done!)

The one vet tried to splint and that was a nitemare as the vet wrap trapped moisture around the paw (they sweat) and caused more problems than it fixed.
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Thanks Nancy!

I have the x-pen set up with a twin mattress and down topper for him... he is such a spoiled brat.

Feel bad for the guy even if he isn't bothered by it! LOL

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We had a lab break his toe, he jumped off the porch and slipped on the ice. He was in a cast and cone for weeks, poor thing was really sad looking. It was a bad break though, he yelped right away and was crying.

Sounds like it's minor so hopefully rest will help it heal and you won't have to do a cast or bandage
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Thanks Nancy!

I have the x-pen set up with a twin mattress and down topper for him... he is such a spoiled brat.

Feel bad for the guy even if he isn't bothered by it! LOL
I think it's worse when they aren't bothered....they just don't understand the sudden incarceration...hope he's better soon..
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We thought Tuke broke a toe on her right front paw. She was three wheeling it so it was obvious something was wrong. She had a small lump on top of her foot, but otherwise looked fine. The X-ray was good, nothing broken and they figured she must have a sprained one or both front middle toes. It's been 2 weeks and she seems fine now. Hope Stark heals quickly.
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Definitely always worth an x-ray because if it IS broken you want to restrict because the dog won't
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Had a rescue greyhound break a toe while earning her coursing title... Just took a few weeks of rest and it healed fine. No bandage or cast.
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Oh my... I am so sorry it turned out to be a broken toe. Here's to a speedy recovery. Poor handsome boy Stark.
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Kya somehow broke her toe in 3 places a few years back. We put a cast on the foot and when she broke that cast, we put another cast on the foot and when she broke that one.....We kept her restricted, leashed bathroom breaks, the whole nine yards. She apparently hated having that cast on. It did heal but is a little higher than the other toes. One thing you will want to watch for is arthritis. I want to say we kept her pretty quiet for about 4 weeks.

Poor Stark. Hears to fast healing.
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