ME-Chelle Michelle Davis
22 Stapleford Drive
Falmouth, ME

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Fractured Limbs

Zack with his splint.

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 Zack’s 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.


Zack still has a swollen leg.
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.


Zack's Radiographs

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X-ray of break - Click for larger view. X-ray of repair - Click for larger view. X-ray of repair - Click for larger view.


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