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Stray dog on the mend after mystery leg brake

A stray dog with a mystery broken leg is now on the mend thanks to Blue Cross – but she was thoroughly miserable when she first arrived in our care. 

The skinny lurcher had broken her leg in two places and must have been in some pain.

Because we know nothing about the 18-month-old’s background, we have no idea how she broke her leg – but there are some possibilities, and some are too horrid to think of.

Seb Prior, Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria, who has been treating Peg, explained: “Peg’s fracture is a bit of a mystery. There are two very common causes of radius and ulna fractures, which are the types of break she has. 

“One is being hit by a car, and the other is a fall from height. But Peg doesn’t have any other injuries that you would expect from either of those situations, so it’s difficult to say exactly what happened. Some dogs like Peg manage to fracture limbs as a result of running so fast and then falling on that leg.

“What I can say is that it would have taken very significant force trauma to do this, and we can’t rule out the possibility that she may have been kicked or hit with a blunt object. Whatever the cause, she’s safe with us now.”

Despite the pain Peg's broken leg is causing her, she is such a playful dog

Because of Peg’s tricky fracture, a simple plaster cast wouldn’t have been enough to repair the damage so surgery was essential.

Amanda Marrington, Blue Cross Welfare Officer, said: “Peg had broken her radius and ulna bones near the wrist. The bones had slipped when her muscles contracted, so instead of the broken bits sitting neatly next to each other they were now one on top of the other.”

We had no choice but to operate. Her fractured leg would never heal if we did not step in to fix it, and without inserting a plate to hold the bones in place they would simply slip as soon as the young dog moved.

Amanda added: “Peg had surgery to move the bones back into the correct position and then hold them in place using a metal plate and eight screws.

“She now needs at least five to six weeks of cage rest before another round of tests will reveal how well her fracture has healed.”

Peg has now left our animal hospital and made the journey to Bromsgrove rehoming centre, where she will continue her recovery and continue to receive cuddles on tap from the team to help her get better. Once she is well enough we will find her a loving home of her own.

Last year our animal hospitals and pet care clinics treated 31,990 sick and injured pets like Peg, and it's all down to kind donations from our generous supporters. We couldn't do it without you. Thank you.