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    Default Patella fracture..anyone been through this?

    Our whippet puppy took the stairs at speed and fractured her patella. While we have waited for a booking with the specialist, she has been rested, we built her a run in the backyard and we walk her on a lead. she shows no sign of lameness or pain. We are booked into see the specialist and the estimate cost just seems to be rising and rising. Has anyone been through this with their dog?

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    You might want to do a search on Fractured Patella, Surgical versus Conservative Management
    surgery is not the only way.
    Last edited by bernie; 06-18-2013 at 12:01 AM.

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    Currently have a 8 year old Jack Russel with isolated patellar fracture and was hoping to get the cast off today but vet wanted another week for a total of five weeks now. Very unplesant for my pup since she goes non stop. She is long legged 14 inch jack and broke her left patella chasing a mouse or lizard through the house playing with the cat! I am in New Mexico and we have special canine orthopedic group in Colorado who will remove one of the two pieces later via arthroscopy if neccesary. His recomendation was casting when we consulted them. We chose to be conservative with a VCA (gouging emergency vets here in the states) orhtopedic vet here in Albuquerque. He (VCA VET) could have done a K-wire through the two broken pieces and then a circlage of wire to stabilize the two broken pieces for about 3000 thousand dollars. The arthroscopy from the dedicated ortho clinic does same day surgery with spinal anesthesia to correct what we may need done later for around 2500bucks so we decided to wait and see what kind of outcome from the casting. She is very active and travels several miles a day walking and running with one of her owners. This has been very hard on having her crated for the last month. Good luck, this is my first posting and I will come back and update on progress later.

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    Thanks for the helpful posts. Update on the whippet. We finally saw the specialist who came up to our area last week. He was pretty happy with her, the joint is still functioning properly, the rest helped that and while there is a chip floating around, he felt it was a disservice to operate. She is on fish oil tablets now to help prevent arthritic changes and is slowly being introduced to normal activity. Phew...what a relief.

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    'Hairybeasties' - excellent news and update !

    Really hope that there is nothing but good news for the future !



    Surgery is sometimes necessary - but other times a conservative approach is really all that is needed !


    'vavoom505' - looking forward to hearing good news from you also !


    Good Luck to the both of you and your pups !

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