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Puppy broke front leg :( Questions about recovery.

Postby tofergregg » Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:00 pm

Our 11-month old puppy, Jupiter, broke his right front leg yesterday while with boarders. We were able to rush back home (East Coast to West Coast -- got lucky with flight changes), and will pick him up from the hospital today. Our 2-year old, Juno, is missing her brother but is doing fine otherwise.

The boarders were fantastic -- the break happened on a beach and they immediately rushed him to the hospital, ten minutes away. The hospital called in an emergency ortho team to do surgery, and we understand that he came through surgery well, though it was a major surgery.

We will talk to the vets about post-surgery recovery, but we have a couple of general questions:

1. Has anyone else dealt with a rambunctious whippet puppy with a front-leg break? We are very concerned about keeping him from stalling the recovery by not being able to stay still.

2. I will be able to stay home for the next week and a half with him, but after that I go back to work. We crate the doges and have a great walker who comes once a day, but I don't think we can have her carry Jupiter (30 lbs) down the flight of stairs of our 2nd floor apartment. The boarders have offered to take care of him for a while, but we can't do that for too long. Suggestions? I could potentially take him to work (I have my own office), but it is a decent commute and he doesn't like the car (gets sick often).

Thank you!
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Re: Puppy broke front leg :( Questions about recovery.

Postby GrandmaB » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:30 pm

So sorry to hear about your puppy. I have not had that particular experience, but do know that with myriad other injuries my whippets were good about going into their lay-about mode during recovery for a while. Then they thought themselves better, and it became more of a chore.
As a child I had a toy terrier who broke a front leg, and while it mended nicely, he knew he had a good thing going. Whenever he did something wrong and was addressed in a stern voice, he would lift his leg up and pathetically whimper. And of course, we would all laugh.
Give him extra hugs from all of us and let us know how he and you manage.
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Re: Puppy broke front leg :( Questions about recovery.

Postby tofergregg » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:46 pm

> Then they thought themselves better, and it became more of a chore.

This is what the doctor said, as well. He's at home resting right now, but we're preparing for the inevitable "must play" time. The vet gave us a sedative to keep him more docile, so we'll see if that helps.

> Give him extra hugs from all of us and let us know how he and you manage.

Will do -- thank you!
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Re: Puppy broke front leg :( Questions about recovery.

Postby sue_rescue » Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:56 am

So sorry to hear about your pup's broken leg, hope he heals quickly! I had a Pomeranian who broke her leg at around that same age and the cast kept her pretty immobile but of course she wasn't a Whippet! We have an almost 5 month old pup we were going to take to the beach for the first time but perhaps we'll wait. May I ask how he broke his leg at the beach?
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Re: Puppy broke front leg :( Questions about recovery.

Postby PAWhippets » Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:54 pm

Ugh, sorry to hear about your pup! We've had a number of injuries, but not quite that one. Yes, it is tough to keep them from thinking they're more healed than they are! Hope things like puzzle toys and maybe training more "mind" activities like Nosework, scent discrimination or hand signals could be entertaining for him (and maybe be fun things you could do when he's all better). I'd probably look at taking him to work if I could. Possibly more frequent trips (especially if it's not a terribly long commute) could help with the carsickness - lots of short trips to fun places cured all of the carsick ones we've had.

Good luck and let us know how he's doing!

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Re: Puppy broke front leg :( Questions about recovery.

Postby tofergregg » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:51 pm

> May I ask how he broke his leg at the beach?

As I understand it, he was playing with the other dogs, and jumped up on a 3-foot high natural ledge and when he jumped off, he landed wrong. I think it was either hard-packed sand or dirt that he landed on.
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Re: Puppy broke front leg :( Questions about recovery.

Postby Muppy » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:09 pm

Hi, our lovely girl Jezabel broke a back leg when she was very small - about 12 weeks. We were out on one of her first walks when a huge, friendly black Labrador came over, she flopped on her back to show submission and it cantered right past her but trod on her leg by mistake.
The vet thought that the ground must have been uneven underneath her leg, creating a pivot. Anyway, it was immediately obvious that there was something properly wrong, so we hot footed it off to the vet who pinned it but didn't put a cast on it. They said no exercise for at least 6 weeks!
I was worried about her becoming nervous of other dogs approaching her and also how to socialise her so I bought a robust secondhand pram, the sort that's designed for parents to go running with a baby or small child. I adapted the seat so she could sit in it and strapped her in with a car harness. Obviously I looked like a lunatic but it meant that I could get her out and of course she got heaps of attention from everyone who saw her.
She got used to it pretty quickly and stopped struggling etc. Unbelievably, our older whippet, Stanley was so fed up with her getting all the attention that he took to limping if I looked in his direction!
Jezabel will be 2 soon and seems absolutely fine, the injury doesn't seem to have affected her movement at all and she's absolutely not cautious about how she uses it or other dogs for that matter. She absolutely tears through scrub and undergrowth in hot pursuit of squirrels and rabbits without any sign that it feels different to the other leg, having a fabulous time while I worry about her hurting herself.
You can see the big scar on the inside of her leg and feel the pin (ugh!) but it doesn't seem to trouble her at all. I wonder if she will feel the cold on that leg very easily because the metal pin will conduct the temperature differently to the bone, but no sign so far.
Good luck - I think they are very resilient and adaptable so with love and affection hopefully it shouldn't be a long term problem.
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