Meet Koda Mae, a 4-month-old German Shepherd mixed breed dog.
Koda's mom is a single mom who says: “Koda is like one of my kids; she is also my youngest daughter's best friend, companion and love. She is an awesome dog and we love her so much."
Like many rambunctious puppies, Koda got a little too carried away when she was playing in the backyard and got tangled up in a fence. Unfortunately the fence won that fight, and Koda’s mom took her right to the vet where she learned that Koda had a pretty gnarly broken leg.
Just like humans, all bones can break, but leg fractures are quite common in dogs. If your dog has gone through trauma, like being hit by a car or fallen from the deck, it may be easy to diagnose a broken bone. However, sometimes a pet owner may be unsure what is wrong with their pet.
According to PetMD: A broken bone sticking out through the dog's skin is an obvious indicator of a fracture, but any sign of pain or discomfort after an accident or injury could indicate a fracture or dislocation. Limping and whining are two other strong signs that something is wrong. It is important to note that muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries can cause similar symptoms to breaks.
Other signs you should look for that your dog may have broken his leg include:
Koda’s mom visited with her vet and knew the best answer for Koda and her family was for Koda to have an amputation. The procedure was more affordable, and her mom knew she wouldn't have to worry about Koda re-injuring the broken leg, arthritis, or future issues from the surgery—so she opted to amputate Koda's leg. She applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help with the emergency veterinary visit because this visit was very unexpected.
Koda is a resilient little puppy and is getting around like she never had four legs to begin with! Fur Kids Foundation wants you to know that your dog will have a better chance of healing properly from a leg break if you seek prompt veterinary care.
About Fur Kids Foundation
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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