Reggie is one of the cutest little Jack Russell terrier puppies that you are likely to see. She is 4 months old and belongs in a busy family where she has 3 children to keep up with. The kids in turn keep her occupied help look after her. Anyone who has experienced the chaos of young kids and puppies in a busy household will realize that accidents sometimes occur.
When Reggie's mum brought her into us and her leg was too sore to put any weight on. Despite the obvious pain she was still wagging her tail and pleased to meet everyone. Our examination suggested that she had hurt her elbow and xrays confirmed the worst. She had broken one of the main bones in the elbow (the humerus) in 2 places. This is evident on the xray.
Fractures of this type in young dogs require special surgical repair techniques so that the rapidly growing bone heals correctly. Any delay in the repair of the fracture or misalignment of the bone fragments can result in life long debility and arthritis.
During Reggie's operation we were able to put the bone fragments back together and secure them in place with a special screw and a pin. The second xray shows the screw and pin immediately after the operation. One of the advantages of being Reggie's age at the time (3 months) is that her bone is growing very rapidly and therefore heals quickly. It also means that the metal implants must be removed once the bone has healed so that they do not interfere with her continuing growth. In Reggie's case it was important to remove the screw so that the elbow continues to grow properly. The pin can be left in place because it will not interfere with bone growth.
Shortly after the operation Reggie was walking on her leg again and when the sutures were removed 10 days later, she was walking normally! 3 weeks after the operation we xrayed her elbow again and it can be seen that the bone had fully healed. This enabled us to take out the screw and leave the bone to continue to grow normally.
Now Reggie can look forward to growing into and adult dog and having a completely normal elbow.
|She had broken one of the main bones in the elbow (the humerus) in 2 places||The second xray shows the screw and pin immediately after the operation||Size of the screws|