Meet Spot, a three month old Jack Russel cross. Spot broke her leg only two weeks after being adopted from a shelter while playing with her not so tiny sibling, a Great Dane.
It was a very unhappy puppy that was brought to our clinic in January with a dorsal short oblique tibial fracture with a separate fragment after a walk in the park with her newly adopted family turned into a hospital visit. Due to the fact that there was a separate fracture piece and that Spot was a very active puppy a plate and screws were given as the treatment of choice.
Spot was operated on by Dr. Marike Marais and wanted to start playing right away after surgery. Unfortunately it was very important for Spot to be kept very quiet (in a 1x1m cage) at home to give her leg time to recover and prevent failure of the plate and screws that was placed
Her new family took great care of her and after four weeks the bone was almost completely healed. Because Spot was so young and her limbs still growing the plate had to be removed after 6-8 weeks.
Spot has now returned to her old self and is running around like nothing every happened. Another great day at the office with another happy ending to share.