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So... my puppy, Anna, broke her leg.

She and our coonhound were playing, and the coonhound, being a lot bigger than her, ran her over (not in a mean way, they were just playing). She's done this loads before, and this time, it just hit at the wrong angle. So my mum, who's a vet, x-rayed her, and she has a spiral hairline fracture. Fortunately, Anna will make a speedy recover if all goes well.

For now, she's on pain medication and is being restricted in her exercise. My mum has decided to forgo a splint because of the potential problems they may cause.

Has your dog/puppy ever broken a bone? Also, what can I do to keep her entertained while she recovers?
 

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I'm so sorry you're going through this, it's not going to be fun keeping her quiet. I have a friend with rough collies who had an almost identical situation occur a couple years ago, I will ask her for any tips. I'm thinking a lot of chew items and crate time for her own best interest. How long is the healing expected to take? 6 weeks?
 

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My mom had a Rottweiler pup break a leg at about 6-8 weeks old. She jumped off someone's lap and landed wrong. An ER visit revealed a fracture. It was too long ago for me to remember anything technical about the break ('98). But I do know for sure there was no split or cast. I think she just got pain meds for a few days and maybe antibiotics. The dog went on to be 120 lbs and lived to be 13. Never had any issues because of it.

I'm sure you feel guilty but these things happen. I'm glad it's something so treattable and wish Anna a speedy recovery.
 

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When I obtained my middle girl (Remy 8 yrs) from the breeder, she had an undiagnosed broken front leg - ulna and radius. We knew something was wrong, so since I work at a veterinary hospital, she was taken immediately there the day after we got her. She was splinted and wrapped for what seemed an eternity. Due to the rapid growth spurt of pups, it had to get changed almost weekly. Immediately after splint/cast removal she was using the leg normally for a short time. I then sensed something wasn't right. She ended up needing surgery for issues caused by the break that created problems in the elbow. We took her to an orthopedic specialist who did the surgery and thankfully she healed perfectly. She's been on Dasuquin since she was a pup as per the ortho. Although I wanted to compete in Agility with her, it was not to be. I didn't want to create other issues and felt it wouldn't be fair to her. She has done very well in Obedience. As long as she was happy and healthy, it's all that mattered. No limp, no sign of trouble.

I will add that since she couldn't be a puppy as far as running and playing, she spent every evening laying on my lap on the couch. As a result she's quite the spoiled princess but I wouldn't have it any other way. This dog totally owns my heart.

Then, last May, two of my dogs were playing and bumped into our then almost 16 year old lab, who fell down. She ended up with a horrible spiral fracture of the humerus on her right front leg. She was rushed to the emergency clinic where it was diagnosed but since she was unable to use the leg prior to the bump and fall, and she also was getting weak in the hind end, our decision was made - the vets felt the surgery required to repair the leg would be too much for her. Sadly, she went to the Rainbow Bridge just 4 days shy of turning 16 yrs old.

Thankfully your mom is a vet so she knows what to do. Restricting her activity will be hard, but you must do it. How about a moose or elk antler to chew on? Try to keep her mind occupied since she can't do anything physical right now.

Good luck to you both. By the way, I hope I didn't come across as the grim reaper.
 
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