Radio ulna fracture in a toy dog

One evening, R a 1 year old Chihuahua, decided to jump off the couch which proved to be less than ideal. Instantly, after a yelp, she could not put any weight on the front left leg.

The owner went to their own vets who took radiographs and decided that a referral would be the best way to go forward.

We were more than happy to accept the referral. Toy breeds require special attention when dealing with radial fractures due to the increased risk of complications, as opposed to bigger dogs.

R was admitted and under general anaesthetic, the fracture was reduced and a 2.0 T plate was used to stabilise and compress the fracture. Post operative radiographs showed a good reduction and alignment with one longish screw proximally.

R made a quick recovery and she went home the same evening.

5 weeks after surgery radiography revealed good healing and R was discharged