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Menagerie More~on
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My doeling broke her front leg above the "ankle" on July 4. I put vet wrap around the leg, and then that mesh casting material you see nowadays, get it wet, roll it on, let it set hard.

Doeling is now five months old, and is putting SOME weight on that leg, using it SOME when she trots around, but definitely isn't using it normally. She lips the top of the cast, but it doesn't seem to bother her so that she's focused on it.

Her hoof is normal sized (was terribly swollen for two weeks), warm, and nontender. It was a NASTY break, her hoof/ankle wiggled sideways :Bawling: before I casted it, so I expected to leave this cast on for six to eight weeks.

Should she be using this leg close to 100% before I remove the cast? Wouldn't that indicate the bone is fairly stable? I'm a little concerned about it getting tight, but I didn't wrap it too tight with the hard mesh. Just enough to keep it on and keep the leg straight.

Any thoughts or experiences to share? Thanks in advance :)
 

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We had a doeling break her front leg just as bad. Oh, it made me shudder to see it! The vet told us to cut a PVC pipe lengthwise and gently set the leg in it, then wrap with vet wrap. We put duct tape on last. We changed the bandaging in two weeks because it was getting worn and loose. Left in on two more weeks and she was using the leg almost normally. (The only time she was careful is when she was going to lie down - she kinda did it funny to keep that leg safe.)
So, 4 weeks total. Give her some time and she will be using that leg a LOT. Dont take it off too soon!
 

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Idahoe: I remember when you posted. I would stick with your instinct of 6-8 weeks. It a great sign she is starting to use it! It's obviously feeling better to her, but the fact is it is not stable enough yet to go without the support of the cast. Being a break in a joint it's best to give it some more time. You not only have the joint to contend with, which are tricky to heal, but you have growth plates of a young un' to allow to heal and mend the damage as well. Chances are when you take the cast off in a couple of weeks she will not immediately use the leg. They get so used to it being in the cast that it takes them some time to get the muscle and tendons going again, and the psychological aspect of, 'wait my leg works now!' Once they figure out that it's okay again...watch out! he he he. You're doing great, I would say the minimum to remove the cast would be 6 weeks, 8 max, no earlier and no later, use your judgement and let us know if you have any questions.
 

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I agree with everyone else - if she's not using it much, leave the cast on a while longer, she obviously needs the support. That must have been a nasty break!

Emily has her bandage off already - I took the splints off because she was gettiing them caught on things (sticking her feet where she shouldn't!), and just had a support bandage on for a while. She was walking pretty well on it, when I did take it off, and she's running around just fine now. Her leg is thicker than the other - that may or may not resolve itself, but no big deal.
 

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Hey guys THANKS for your replies! My durn satellite has been off and on and haven't been checking in.

Good then, I'll just monitor her and worry about removing the cast toward the end of August. The break was a couple inches above the fetlock, and the way her hoof jiggled sideways told me it was at least a very serious break, and so swollen, lots of bleeding into the tissues.

Pookshollow, that thickened part of her leg is likely the "callous" that forms around a broken area, the bone over produces itself at first, but then "trims" down after a few months.

Also I was reading the more weight bearing she is, the more the bone will try to heal itself, so I'm really glad she's setting the foot down and using it, looks like about half the time.

Thanks again for the replies and sorry I missed them :)
 

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Idahoe glad to know she is doing better :) . Hey I know this is off topic but do you have any pics of Judah or Mags? I would love to see how they are growing. I am showing Mags aunt and Judah's sister at fair as well as their half siblings :) .

Justine
 

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<Pookshollow, that thickened part of her leg is likely the "callous" that forms around a broken area, the bone over produces itself at first, but then "trims" down after a few months. >

I knew that! :p I figure there may also be some swelling of soft tissue that still has to come down. I didn't think she'd appreciate me poking and squeezing it to check, though. :rolleyes: It's not as if she's a horse that will be ridden, and I won't be selling her, so if she has a lumpy leg, I don't mind.

It's good that your little one is starting to "test" her weight on the leg. She's going to be just fine too. :)
 
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