Last night, just before 6:00 pm, we got a frantic phone call from Augusta’s foster mom. In a panic over needing to go back in her crate to come here, Augusta leapt onto and then off of the low bed, breaking her right front leg on dismount.
Dr. Cody at Ranch Acres in Tulsa stayed open until we got there, and stabilized poor Augusta.
This morning, ex-rays etc. Her bone density is very poor, due to a lifetime of hideous diet and no exercise. For the same reason, she doesn’t have much in the way of muscle tone. She’s between 9 and 10 years old and pretty worn out.
The fracture is clean across, but way distal, very near her ankle joint. There is no room to put a plate, and not very good bone even if there was room. Doc is going to put in a tiny pin, and we will keep it splinted. He believes that with time, care and good groceries, it will heal after this, possibly fusing the joint. Usually that is something we try to avoid, but given the weakness in her bones, it would actually be the safer result for Augusta.
This is our 4th leg break and 8th surgery this year. If you can find it in your hearts to donate, please do. You may use our donate button to the right, or send donations, CLEARLY marked HAZELJANE’S, either to us, made out to Ranch Acres Veterinary, or directly to Ranch Acres Vet Hospital, 3241 S Harvard Ave, Tulsa, OK 74135. If you send a directly to the vet, include a note so I can keep track and give you a tax receipt if you need one at the end of the year. Thank you!