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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.

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Dr. Mabley, examining the x rays, deciding on the best way to go about repairing this very badly broken front leg.

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Shaving the surgical site

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Prepping for surgery

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Examining the break

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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.

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And Now, after Dr. Mabley's magic, it's Annie's turn to do her magic, HEAL!!

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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.

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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.

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