Kathryn is a 1-year-old St. Bernard / Malamute who escaped her house and somehow broke her leg. (There is some speculation that she may be a tad boy crazy because she hasn’t been spayed yet, and tried to show off to some handsome fellas down the road.) She also had a pretty bad wound on her leg that was beginning to get infected.
Kathryn’s dad reached out to Fur Kids Foundation because he was out of work and had limited funds. He knew that surgery to save the leg wasn't an option, but the vet told him that Kathryn would do just fine on three legs, so he chose to have the leg partially amputated. He's let us know that Kathryn is recovering well, and he hopes to be able to get her spayed soon.
Broken legs in dogs are quite common. If you see any of the following signs or symptoms in your dog, be sure to take them to the vet right away:
- Unwillingness to put any weight on the injured leg; often picking the leg up and walking as a tri-pod
- Refusing to play, walk or go up the stairs
- Unusually aggression from the dog when you attempt to touch the leg that may be broken
- Howlng or whimpering -- this is a solid sign of pain in a dog
- Refusing to eat or isolating themselves away from you or the family
In June 2013, Fur Kids Foundation wrote a blog about dog proofing your back yard. Please take a minute to read this blog to see if there are things you can do to make your yard safer for your pets.
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