Due to their slight and slender stature, it is not surprising that IGs
and Whippets are prone to extremity fractures of the limbs and tail. Within
my population, one of my dogs, Zack, has suffered both. Research doesn't
support a hereditary cause, nor does diet exercise or size appear to be
linked. Given that most fractures statistically occur in young dogs (4
to 12 months old) it can be hypothesized that these injuries result from
a dog simply not knowing its own limitations.
In Zacks case, the tip of his tail was fractured as
a 14-week-old puppy when Lilly (his IG playmate) grabbed him. No treatment
was required, but he, to this day has a slight crook in the last inch
of his tail.
At 6 months of age, Zack jumped off a chair onto a newly waxed hardwood
floor, causing a complete fracture just above his left pastern (wrist).
That night he received immediate treatment, a splint, at the local emergency
clinic. The following day he was taken to an orthopedic veterinarian who
performed internal fixation surgery by placing 6 pins and a plate. See
copies of radiographs (x-rays) below. As the limb was internally fixed,
no cast was needed. After 6 weeks of in-home care separated from the other
dogs, Zack has fully recovered with no ill effects.