This is Annie, a 5 month old female Chihuahua. She was found in a high kill LA shelter, with a possible broken leg. Because she had a harness on, meaning she may have an owner, she was kept at the shelter for 10 days. She was not x rayed, only splinted. As soon as we got her from the shelter , we took her to Dr. Daryl Mabley, of Arbor Animal Hospital in Irvine. He x rayed and discovered her leg was indeed broken, the radius was broken in 3 places, the ulna, in one place. He told us that the leg had already started to heal, improperly, and that the break was in a very precarious place, very close to the growth plate. For such a youngster, this is not good news. The advantage was that with 3 breaks in the radius, it gives the bone more room to grow and heal properly. Annie's bone fracture is too complicated to be casted.
Dr. Mabley, examining the x rays, deciding on the best way to go about repairing this very badly broken front leg.
Shaving the surgical site
Prepping for surgery
Examining the break
A stainless steel bone plate that spans the length of the fractured bone is screwed directly to the bone to provide stable internal fracture fixation.
And Now, after Dr. Mabley's magic, it's Annie's turn to do her magic, HEAL!!
Annie, after surgery, with her foster Mom, Val. Val is able to take Annie on walks and keep her close, by carrying her, papoose style.
Annie's doing great, as you can see. Here she is with her new family. They are the same family that fostered her. :-))) What a lucky girl!!
We'll take her back to Dr. Mabley next week to see how her leg is healing.