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Broken toe

Postby Az Draht » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:51 pm

Today, on my dog's easiest hunt of her life, she finally had an injury. Looks to me like she broke her toe after falling into or climbing out of a crevasse while on a duck hunt.

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It looks to me like the toe is going to be permanently splayed and twisted. I think she will now be running on the edge of the pad and catching that toe on everything in the desert, which concerns me.

I have heard nothing can be done for toes other than taking a x-ray and saying "yep, it is broken".

Would you take her to the vet? Vet is closed on the weekend, is Monday too late?
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Re: Broken toe

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:55 pm

You CAN splint with a spoon splint, it's just not typically done because spoon splints are usually more trouble than they are worth. An orthopedic surgeon could probably put a pin in the broken bone too.

There's always options. I'd see what an orthos specialist has to say, that's a helluva break for a toe... Might be some torn ligaments too.
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Re: Broken toe

Postby Smilin Jack » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:47 pm

Happened to my PP a couple of mo. ago , finally ended up taking the toe off on her left rear paw . Would not knit or heal [ 7 weeks ]. Was able to save the pad .
She limped for a few weeks [ 9 ] afterwards but is fine now and she doesn't swim in circles . :lol:

And it was swollen like yours because there was ligament involvement .
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Re: Broken toe

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:15 pm

Misskiwi67 wrote:You CAN splint with a spoon splint, it's just not typically done because spoon splints are usually more trouble than they are worth. An orthopedic surgeon could probably put a pin in the broken bone too.

There's always options. I'd see what an orthos specialist has to say, that's a helluva break for a toe... Might be some torn ligaments too.


Forgot to add - Monday is probably fine so long as she stays off it.
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Re: Broken toe

Postby jlw034 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:24 am

Misskiwi67 wrote:You CAN splint with a spoon splint, it's just not typically done because spoon splints are usually more trouble than they are worth. An orthopedic surgeon could probably put a pin in the broken bone too.

There's always options. I'd see what an orthos specialist has to say, that's a helluva break for a toe... Might be some torn ligaments too.


On a side note, it's nice to have the opinion of a vet on this website. Brings helpful insight. Plus, from other posts it seems like you might be in Iowa, which greatly helps your credibility!
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Re: Broken toe

Postby orhunter » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:34 am

I had a toe looked like that once after kicking the bed leg in the dark. Gave it a yank, good as new. Didn't hurt a lick.
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Re: Broken toe

Postby Az Draht » Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:50 am

I don't know what happened over night, but this morning she is walking with a slight limp instead of carrying the foot and the toe doesn't look nearly as displaced

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Re: Broken toe

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:15 pm

The only way to know weather its broke is with an xray, but otherwise theres really not much else to do with it. It sure looks a lot better!! Don't let her do anything stupid for 4 weeks and you should be OK.
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Re: Broken toe

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:47 pm

VIPHuntInnGriffons wrote:(I'm being silly here doc) In MEDICAL verbiage, define "stupid" (pertaining to the canines only please :) IS "stupid" in the veterinary medical resource journals??


Haha - I say "something stupid" because the number of stupid things dogs will do is too long to list!! And Murphy's law (yes, medicine has made me superstitious) states that the one thing I do not warn about is the one thing the dog will do!
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