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Patches breaking story...

2 October 2015

Patches, an adorable young chap at just 9 months old, has had to use up the first of his nine lives! He came home one day after adventures outdoors and was unable to bear any weight on his back right leg.

Understandably his owners were very worried and took him to his usual vets. The vet suspected he had been hit by a car and immediately referred him to Willows, where he was seen by Orthopaedic Specialist Toby Gemmill. Patches was examined by Toby and admitted to the hospital for further investigations. X-rays showed a fracture of his shin (tibia) bone.

 

X-rays showing the broken shin bone

X-rays showing the broken shin bone

 

Toby performed an operation to re-align the broken bone and fix it with two plates. After a short stay in the hospital, Patches recovered quickly and was able to start taking weight on his injured leg again after just a few days.

 

X-rays taken after the operation showing the bone fragments back in the right place and stabilised with two plates

X-rays taken after the operation showing the bone fragments back in the right place and stabilised with two plates

 

Patches went on to recover at home but with strict instructions on cage rest. Through Toby’s expert skills and committed care from Patches owners, six weeks later the bone has healed well and Patches is able to play outside again – hopefully a little more carefully than before!

 

Patches relaxing at the vets at his check up, eight weeks after the accident

Patches relaxing at the vets at his check up, eight weeks after the accident

 

Further information on the operation Patches underwent can be found in our Fracture Treatment information sheet