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Old 06-16-2014, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Spiral Fracture in Femur in my 10 mo. old- NEED ADVICE!

I need some answers and advice.
My 10 month old German Shepherd broke his femur when he was playing ball. We took him to the vet and found out that he has a spiral fracture. We had surgery done and they put in a plate and screws. Directly after the surgery he wanted to use it as normal and used it about 75% of the time. About a week and a half after surgery her started limping worse and not using it. Now he will put some weight on it but not much. It's been almost 4 weeks since his surgery. I called the vet today and had to speak to a vet tech. She says that if he's at least using it a little bit it is unnecessary to bring him in. I don't know if I trust her judgement because she tried telling me that he doesn't have screws in. (How the **** could he not have screws in if he has a plate?!) and the vet that did his surgery directly told me that he has screws. I'm just torn, the vet is an hour away and I haven't had a day off work to take him. I just am wondering if it's worth it to take him all the way out there to have them say that it is normal behavior with this kind of injury. Does anyone have any insight, stories that relate, advice? Please!
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Where are you located? If highly recommend a rehab facility who will monitor his progress and manage his recovery. I only day this because you already invested in the surgery, so you want to make sure he's setup for success for the next 15 years :-)
My Great Dane blew out both knees at a year old...I wish I had learned of rehab programs for him instead of doing it on my own, per the vets "passive range if motion" instructions. It wasn't specific enough for him to recover well and spent his entire life reaping the results of my uneducated decision...
I clearly still feel guilty...but I hope you get my drift :-/
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Rehab vets are amazing. They have equipment like water treadmills that can help the dog build/maintain muscle without putting weight on it. They also seem to have a much keener eye for slight deviations from normal movement.
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Can you call back and insist on speaking directly to the vet? If my vet doesn't have a break during the day he calls back when the office closes.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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From my own personal experience, using the leg before it was healed probably tore up some soft tissue. The plate will support the bone but still didn't have the strength. That's what happened when I broke my leg and decided to landscape the yard and dig holes in a cast 2 weeks after surgery.

Call your vet and ask to speak directly to him.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Use of the leg should not have gotten worse the farther out from surgery you got.

You need to go back to vet. He may be having a reaction to the implants, may have broken a screw, may have an infection.

I have seen implant issues go very wrong very quick.


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