ChristyNoel Posted June 8, 2019 Share Posted June 8, 2019 (edited) I have a 3 year old grey that broke the two middle toes on his rear left foot. He went to the vet the same day and the vet took X-rays to confirm. The vet we saw was not our unusual vet he was filling in for the week. The vet presented three options Surgery and pins, splint and wrap, or just wrap. I asked what he would do if it were his dog and he said splint and wrap. They located a splint in the office and trimmed it down to fit the dogs leg. Keep in mind we are in the back of the office to view this. We watched as they splinted and wrapped his leg/foot. Our dog seemed to take to the splint well and was on his feet and limping and negotiating his new apparatus as well as could be expected. He slept most of the day and was put on Pain meds, and anti inflammatory meds. Let me also add I am a life long horse owner and I no stranger to wrapping of injured legs. I would also never dream of putting vet wrap or any other tight wrap over a tendon or nerve with out cushion under neath as to not cause nerve damage. Perhaps my prior wrapping knowledge is a detriment in this situation. After the first day I wonder how my dog walk on toe like a ballerina would help in the heeling process. I also wonder if the splint slips or moves wont his toes be crammed into the front of the splint. I also feared we made the wrong decision to ad the splint and should have opted for a basic wrap and tapping of the toes so he could move his Hock which was tightly ensconced in vet wrap with no cushion. Upon further investigation it appeared only after one day the upper portion of the splint was cutting into his leg. Using my bandage scissors I cut a slit in the top portion to free up his hock and the pressure which seemed to work. But I still wondered about the Ballerina on point splint and his walking with the pressure on his broken toes. I found a different splint online that had an more natural bend and ordered it. It took 3 days to arrive and following the vets institutions I left the ballerina splint on. Friday the new splint arrived. I could not help myself. I removed the splint applied by the vet and found all four toes were squished together bloody and smelled terrible. And my fear of his broken toes being crammed to the tip of the spoon cast was true. His broken toes now look like Chinese foot bounding victim. I re-wrapped his leg and applied the new natural shaped splint. I have a follow up appointment this week with my normal vet. Before I go into the office and voice my concern I would like to know if I am over reacting or straight up wrong! Perhaps the spoon splint is correct and his toes need to be pushed together. Maybe he should be walking on his toes rather then the balls of his feet. I understand pressure sore are common and will also heel. I don't want to go to my vet appointment assuming the worst. If anyone has any advise on my decision to change the bandage early and change the splint I will glady take it. Even if I am wrong and He should be bake in the spoon splint. Thank you in advance for educating me or setting me straight or supporting my decision. I am posting several photos of the straight spoon splint i refer to as a ballerina on toe splint. as well as the black natural shaped splint. I did not have photos of his squished bloody toes but used my hands in a photo to show the before and after effect of his Waring the splint for 4 days. I am attaching photos to follow Edited June 8, 2019 by ChristyNoel add wording Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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