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stretched tendons
Cayman221 posted:
My puppy was run over by a car at 3 months old and had a broken leg that had severe trauma. Vet was able to repair but now he has stretched tendons. Tried brace on back side of leg and front side of leg. When remove brace, foot stretched out a lot moving in opposite direction it should. Any suggestions to heal or is this going to be the way it is?
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Dear Cayman 221,

How long ago was the surgery. It does indeed sound like you either have stretched or actually torn tendons and/or ligaments, especially if foot is moving in the opposite direction. Where is the location exactly: the carpus/tarus, or wrist/ankle? Can your dog actually stand on the foot correctly?
We do worry about trauma to a foot if it isn't placed correctly. The brace will help your dog walk correctly (make sure not too tight, avoid pressure sores, etc) but if there is truly tearing of the structural support, the injury may not get any better.
Has your veterinarian seen you puppy since the injury occurred? Their opinion, because they can actually examine your puppy the know the history, would help most in answering your question.
Let us know what you find out.

Dr. Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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