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Are there any alternatives to Orthopeadic Surgery?

We are picking our 12 week old chinese powder puff puppy up this morning after finding out she has a break through her growth plate and her ulna. She has a Jacobs? bandage on for the next few days until swelling goes down. After that they do not think casting will be the best but an orthopaedic surgeon. We have only just six weeks ago paid for amputation surgery for our fox terrier, who then got hit by a car. Bonnie (this dog) was a replacement for my 5 daughters when he died. Does anyone have suggestions on more cost effective ways to treat the breaks.


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Hi @ jbdodd - thanks for your question, we'll have one of our team look at your issue and get back to you soon. Thanks for your patience.



Hi there,

I am very sorry to hear about your little pup- she sounds like she is having a tough time with a fracture so early on in life! Growth plates are located at the ends of the bones and are responsible for the growth of the bones. Most growth occurs between 3 and 9 months of age. In most dogs the growth plates are closed around 1 year of age however in large breed dogs they can remain open for much longer. If not treated properly growth plate fractures can result in the limb not reaching its full length and/or an angular limb deformity. I think the vets have probably applied a Robert-Jones bandage to her at this stage. This is a type of splint used externally to provide support to a fracture (generally before surgical intervention occurs). The padded bandage offers stability, will help limit swelling and provide protection from further damage. With a fracture such as what Bonnie has, casting can sometimes be an option but more often than not surgical intervention is required and will provide the best outcome. I would advise talking to your vet about what they feel is the best treatment for her as they can make an informed decision based on the radiographs they have taken. In the meantime, plenty of TLC will go down a treat!


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