DogForum.net | Dog Forums and Community
     
 
Home Gallery Register Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Calendar Members List
Search
Go Back   DogForum.net | Dog Forums and Community > DogForum.net > New Members

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-18-2014, 07:37 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 3

Rep: 10 GSLOVR is on a distinguished road
Unique Rep: 0
Default German Shepherd with broken leg :(

I have a 9 month old German Shepherd and earlier this week he broke both bones in his left front leg chasing after a car. :'( I got him to the vet immediately after it happened and I opted for the surgery with a plate put in vs. splinting (the vet said it had a better chance of healing properly.) Today is day 4 post-surgery and he still seems to have quite a bit of swelling...the incision looks pretty good but the worst of the swelling is at the very bottom of it, right around his ankle and then his paw area too...this is my first experience with a broken limb so I'm paranoid about things going wrong; anyone have a similar experience and if so, is it normal for there to be pretty significant swelling several days after surgery? I've called my vet but we live way out in the country and have a small and very busy vet clinic, esp with calving going on, so all they really tell me is to just keep an eye on it, but not having gone thru this before, I don't know what's normal?? We have him in a crate in the house with us so I can keep an eye on him and he's walking on it pretty well, I take him out for potty breaks about 4 times a day and try to keep it short...just worried about him and want this to be a pain-free for him as possible.

GSLOVR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2014, 07:47 PM   #2
Forum Director
 
JGLI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 10,458

Rep: 96 JGLI will become famous soon enough
Unique Rep: 50
Default

Hello GSLOVR, and welcome. I'm sorry to hear about your pup's accident and glad to hear that his surgery went well. Sometimes after surgery, they can develop seromas, which are harmless fluid collections that cause swelling, but the fluid will reabsorb and the swelling should go down. You can try warm compresses-if he will let you. My previous dog had been through several leg surgeries but she was not a fan of the warm compresses. I think crating him is an excellent idea while he recuperates. I hope he is feeling better soon, please keep us updated.
__________________
Help us Help you! Read and understand the Terms of Service, report offensive posts and Forum Reputation.
Helpful Tips - in our FAQ Section and Newbie Guide.
Connect with DogForum.org members - Add yourself to the dogforum.net member map.chat with us!
Things to do - Start a blog. Be sure to visit the DogForum.net photo gallery Let's see YOU!
Use your computer to benefit mankind - join the DogForum.org Folding Team.

JGLI is offline JGLI's Gallery  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2014, 08:05 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 3

Rep: 10 GSLOVR is on a distinguished road
Unique Rep: 0
Default

My vet told me to try ice on it also but he won't hold still long enough to make it work...just trying to keep him as calm as possible and hopefully it'll heal on it's own. Hate seeing him cooped up in a cage, gonna be a long 8 weeks...I think I'm having a harder time with this whole thing than he is lol

GSLOVR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2014, 08:08 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 3

Rep: 10 GSLOVR is on a distinguished road
Unique Rep: 0
Default

Also, does anyone have any ideas for ways to help with boredom? Before the accident he was a strictly outside dog and had about 5 acres to run on, and I know as he gets feeling better he's gonna be going stir crazy in his crate til he gets the okay from the vet...any suggestions??

GSLOVR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2014, 08:14 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Dunbar's Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 3,736

Rep: 50 Dunbar's Mom will become famous soon enough
Unique Rep: 11
Default

GSLOVR, welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear about your pup's accident. Keep us posted on his recovery.
__________________

Dunbar's Mom is offline Dunbar's Mom's Gallery  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 06:31 AM   #6
PMR
Senior Member
 
PMR's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Northamptonshire, UK
Posts: 1,659

Rep: 26 PMR is on a distinguished road
Unique Rep: 3
Default

So sorry to hear about his leg. You are doing all the right things by the sounds of it. Eight weeks is along time, but better to get it right first time and not cause any long term problems by letting him do too much too soon.

I'm sure it will be very difficult for both of you, but well worth in the long run.

Good luck.

PMR is offline PMR's Gallery  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 10:14 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
MrJohn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wilkeson, WA
Posts: 2,178

Rep: 33 MrJohn is on a distinguished road
Unique Rep: 7
Default

Hope he is fine soon. You could try some puzzle toys to help with the boredom. Squirrel dude is popular as well as others which require thought and persistence to get treats out.
__________________
Some unfortunate people don't have a dog to talk to.

MrJohn is offline MrJohn's Gallery  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 10:06 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Bigboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: UK: Stoke on trent
Posts: 13,349

Rep: 73 Bigboy will become famous soon enough
Unique Rep: 38
Default

Hi GSLOVR Iam sorry to hear this about your boy what's his name?
I too hope he recovers quickly! But you also need to train him not to chase cars this is dangerous he won't grow out of this behaviour either, but this behaviour can be reversed through training Please keep us updated Good luck!
__________________
" Iam chillin with the forum! "

Thanks Monkey! I been fleeced Thanks Skunkstripe. Dave

ATB!

Last edited by Bigboy; 04-20-2014 at 10:08 AM..

Bigboy is offline Bigboy's Gallery  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 05:32 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Posts: 8,499

Rep: 56 DeeLind7 will become famous soon enough
Unique Rep: 29
Default

GSLOVR, so sorry to hear about your pups accident. You are doing the right thing by keeping him crated. He may start to go stir crazy, but better safe than sorry. I'm with MrJohn. Put some creative toys in the crate with him to keep him busy.

DeeLind7 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
broken leg, swelling


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:57 PM.

Shogun Interactive Development Copyright 2006-2015 Shogun Interactive Development. All rights reserved.