SmolAliens Posted June 10, 2019 Share Posted June 10, 2019 We have settled in with Giant over the weekend and he is a fantastic boy We knew what we were getting into re: special needs due to his epilepsy, but little did we know that the plot would thicken as soon as we had him home with us. He was refusing to put weight on the right hind leg, and I knew from the foster that there was some kind of little grumble in there but I was under the assumption it was muscular. Nope! We brought him to a local vet for an x-ray and he has a small tarsal slab fracture in the leg which set up a bit awkwardly and has extra bone growing over it. We are assuming this happened during his final (and only) race at Sanford Orlando on 4/26--he had a good career prior to this but crashed into a bunch of dogs during the race and was immediately retired. I'm a bit miffed that nobody seemed to notice he broke a bone, but at least we know now. He is on carprofen for now and it seems to be helping with pain. He is putting weight on the leg inconsistently--sometimes when we go out for potty breaks he is so excited to walk but he ends up hopping on the left leg in order to go fast (and I am not trying to make him walk quickly either!). The plan was to keep him on the NSAID and rest/no long walks for 2 weeks but my partner did some research on this kind of fracture and he thinks we should seek out a second opinion to see if he may need surgery. He is going to call a specialist vet today and have them take a peek at the x-rays. If he does need it, it should be a fairly simple fix and we have the ability to get some financial assistance through a program with that vet. If anyone else has experience with this kind of leg injury please let me know. Aside from all of this he is adjusting fantastically to our home and his behavior is amazing with both us and the cats, which is awesome. We just want to do what is best for him so that he can enjoy his retirement to the fullest--he is barely 4 years old so he certainly deserves it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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