Daisy looking for love
A lovely young dog called Daisy, was presented to
Will Robinson, one of Willows’ general practice vets earlier this year.
Fracture of right shin
X-ray of a normal
Post operative X-ray of
the right leg with the
pin and wire in place
Daisy came to visit with the
charity who had been looking after her for
the last few weeks. They had noticed that after a moderate period of chasing the other
young dogs at the rehoming centre she became quite lame and sore on her right hind limb.
She was initially rested and given some anti-inflammatory
painkillers, however this didn’t improve things.
When Daisy was examined she was
found to have pain in her right knee
(stifle) joint andWill decided that
the best course of action would be
to sedate Daisy and then take some
X-rays (radiographs) of her right hind
limb and her hips. The radiographs
showed that her hips and her left
knee joint were ok but that she had a
fracture affecting her right shin bone.
This particular type of fracture is called
a tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture.
This can be seen by comparing the
X-rays of her left and right knee joints.
This type of fracture occurs relatively
infrequently and is often seen in dogs
between 4 and 8 months of age. The
tibial tuberosity serves as the insertion
site of the kneecap (patella) tendon.
Occasionally the leg can be stabilised
in a cast but more often than not
internal fixation with implants is
required. In Daisy’s case, a pin was
driven across the fracture and secured
in placed with a wire.
Daisy made a marvellous recovery after
surgery and is coping very well during
a period of post operative confinement
to prevent her damaging the surgical
repair; this is not an easy task for a
young energetic puppy!
The prognosis for a return to normal
function is looking good for Daisy.
Daisy is recovering well from
surgery and has now found love
in her forever home.
Welcome to our
General Practice Service Clinician
Daisy on the road to a full recovery and enjoying her active life