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This was the result of Truman running around like a loon. He's holding it up and limping on it, but behavior is okay. I have a first aid kit with vet wrap and Rimadyl + Tramadol, so I could manage him somewhat. Just wondering what to do... We're out of town (out of the country actually) on our honeymoon and won't be back home until next weekend. Should we find a vet ASAP? If so, anyone know of a good vet in Prince Edward County, Ontario?

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Could it be dislocated? Teague did the exact same thing a few years ago. He was running off leash and came back limping with his toe out to the side. I thought for sure it was broken but then I pushed it back into place and it popped back in. It did pop out again a few times after so I wrapped it for a couple of days and we took it easy.

 

Yikes, sorry this happened on your honeymoon!

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Hard to tell between broken and dislocated without an xray. If he'll let you manipulate it, you can see how mobile it is, and if you can hear any bones crunching together. Unless it's a compound fracture needing surgery to fixate it, treatment will likely be the same - splinting and/or wrapping, and leash walking.

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OH WAIT, vet school on Prince Edward Island (my greyhound rep went there)i....http://www.upei.ca/avc/welcome-avc http://avc.upei.ca/hospital-and-diagnostic-services

 

Prince Edward County, not Island. :P It's in Ontario.

 

Kingston should have some good emergency clinics, or potentially some greyhound savvy vets. Anyone on this board that's in that area and might know?

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Hopefully you found somewhere to go by now. Nancy Page (BatterseaBrindl) lives in the Kingston area, I believe - my familiarity with Canadian geography is limited! :P I think the name of her vet is Dr Morag??

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Kingston, ON is an hour or more from Prince Edward County.... Belleville, ON would be closer.

 

found this... never been there.

 

http://hillcrestanimalhospital.ca/after-hours-emergency-services/

 

 

Kingston does have an after hours emerg clinic....it is just off the 401.... maybe an hour from Picton/Prince Edward County.

 

http://www.krph.ca/

 

Good luck...

 

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If you think it can wait until Monday I can recommend my Vet ... Dr. Morag McMurray at Kingston Mills Vet Clinic.

They don't work Sundays... no Vets in Kingston work Sundays.... everyone must use the Emerg clinic.

 

It is right off the 401 on Montreal Street/ Battersea Road. Give me a heads up if you want to go there MOnday... I'll message her tonight.

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Prince Edward County, not Island. :P It's in Ontario.

 

Kingston should have some good emergency clinics, or potentially some greyhound savvy vets. Anyone on this board that's in that area and might know?

opps, my knowledge of canadian geography stinks....

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Unfortunately, everything Nancy said about vets not being open on weekends was correct. We did find one that was open until 1PM today, but they were short staffed and kindly asked us to go to the emergency clinic. That was going to be super expensive- given that my Healthy Paws policy doesn't cover exam visits, I was reluctant to take him there. He doesn't seem very uncomfortable (no panting, restlessness, yelping), but I gave him Rinadyl and Tramadol anyway.

 

I tried doing a makeshift splint with a small roll of gauze and wrapping it with vet wrap. Only left it on for a few hours, though, as he absolutely hated that and kept tripping around like and walking like a spaceman. We're headed to the Hamilton area tomorrow, so I'm going to see if he can hold off until Monday. If he's really uncomfortable tomorrow, I'll take him to the e-vet. He happily ate dinner tonight and allowed me to give him pills.

 

The paw itself doesn't seem very swollen, but is very bruised. I'm hoping it's easily fixable. Fingers crossed. :goodluck

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:goodluck

 

Sounds as if he's doing OK.

Was the Vet in Belleville? Our clinic is open on Saturdays until 1:00, too.

 

As you head into/through Toronto you MIGHT find a Vet open on a Sunday.

Maybe.

But probably just emerg clinics and yes... very expensive.

 

Ruby dislocated a toe once, but it snapped itself back into place before Morag could look at it.

 

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Hope everything is okay until Monday (getting into vets on weekends is tricky, especially Sunday). Have you tried manipulating the toe back into place? From my experience, it wasn't too hard to do. I just kind of gently pulled/pushed it back into place and it popped in. I would imagine a broken toe would be sensitive to touch..a dislocated one not so much from my experience. If it is actually broken, then what you have already done is probably about all you can do for now so try not to worry. I guess honeymooning with your greyhounds is never without drama, eh?

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My grey savvy vet is also closed on Sunday :( They are in Caledon though. Depending on your timing driving through to Hamilton, you might be able to stop in early Monday morning? It's by no means close, but....

 

Caledon Mountain Vet - http://www.caledonvet.com/

 

My regular vet is a little closer, but if you are able and choose to wait till Monday, there is no one better I'd recommend a broken toe to. Dr. John is extremely familiar with greyhounds. They are also with the Greyhound Health Initiative if that helps you at all.

 

I know of a couple of vets that my boys have seen over the years, and there is only one that might be "on the way" to Hamilton tomorrow. Knowledgeable guy and staff located in the south end of Mississauga (pretty much bordering Oakville), but we don't go there anymore because he's expensive and was not really close to the house!

 

http://southdownanimalclinic.com/

 

They are open on Sunday from 11-1pm

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I'm glad to hear. I'd like to offer to watch your pups for a couple hours so you guys can have a bit of downtime, perhaps catch a dinner minus pups? I can't imagine how much this might have derailed your plans, or the constant worry nagging your minds. Timing for this might be tricky tomorrow as Ry is heading to his vet for annual shots, but let me know and we'll see what we can do if you are interested.

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Dr. John saw Truman (who to my absolute surprise, behaved like a gentleman). He was able to get an x-ray and blood work without sedation. The bad news is that the toe is broken with multiple fractures. Dr. John recommended surgery to fix it. If we wait until we get back to Pittsburgh on Monday, we'd have to wait and get an appointment for a surgical consult at the orthopedic specialist, and meanwhile, the break could callus and get harder to fix. So... we just decided to have Dr. John do the surgery Thursday while we're still in Canada. He is skilled with greyhounds and works with Dr. Couto, so I trust him to patch Truman up. I emailed Healthy Paws, and they will cover it even though we're out of the country.

 

Not really what I wanted to do on my honeymoon, but so it goes!

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