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Well, Buddy had an x-ray today and what we had hoped would be just a strain is unfortunately a broken toe. He managed to break his little toe on his right back leg by just running on the grass!!
The vet says it's a fairly clean break but is going too send the x-rays to a specialist in case they recommend a little plate or screw to keep it in place. For now he has a big bandage to keep it stable and we've been told it will be 6-8 weeks of lead only exercise at least.

Does anyone have experience with broken toes? Is it likely that he'll need an op do you think? I'm glad the vet is so thorough but I do hope it will heal by itself (so does she!).
Also - does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep him entertained for the next few weeks when running around isn't allowed?

Thank you!
 

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Poor boy, I have no experience with broken bones but I am sending him " quick fix" vibes ~~~~~~~~~~
 

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This is not a usual Labrador injury, rather something often seen in racing Greyhounds. Think about it, the long toes of the Greyhound's "Hares paws" give more leverage to drive a dog forward, but then the long toes take so much explosive power from the Greyhound's muscles that the bones are simply not strong enough to take the load. Labradors on the other hand have shorter toes set in neat round "Cats paws," and also the "Marathon runners" type power does not put dangerous amounts of power down.

One exercise you could try is scattering a few treats on the lawn so he needs to get his nose down to find then rather than rushing around. But actually, I'm suprised he's not on "Cage rest" for a while to give the bones time to start to join.

Regards, John
 

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henry had his toe broken when he was 6 months old, by my son running over him with his tricycle. it took ages for the vets to diagnose what was wrong.

we gave him cage rest for 6 weeks and it healed, so there was no operation needed.

also, my spaniel broke his toe years ago, by mis jumping over the garden gate, again with cage rest he was fine.
 

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Thanks for the advice and well wishes! We're due to go back to the vets on Thursday to have the bandage changed and it might well be that she advises crate rest once she's spoken to a specialist.

The main worry is that we're off on honeymoon in 5 weeks and I hope that the person we're boarding him with will be ok to take him to the vet and keep him on the lead etc!!
He does seem to be taking it in his stride though, he's pretty much his normal self, just annoyed at the bandage!
 

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Just wondering if anyone had any more advice on keeping Buddy calm while he's recovering from his broken toe.
He has well and truly found his energy this morning and everything appears worthy of a bum tuck today, even just having a poo! It's quite tricky to stop him from running around and there's only so many frozen kongs he can get through in a day!
Any advice gratefully received!!
 

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Just a quick update and some venting.
Good news is that the original estimate of 6-8 weeks for the toe to heal was quite high and the vet is now hoping that it will heal in 4 weeks and will do an xray to confirm.
Bad news is that Buddy is developing sores from the bandage and is now constantly trying to get his bandage off whereas it wasn't bothering him at all before. He has a sore on his leg which has been there for a few days but now has some between the pads of his foot, too. We've just come back from the vet who's bandaged the foot slightly differently and it now seems as if he can't walk very well on it at all or get comfortable lying down.
He's not himself at all, just keeps sitting down, even when I know he needs to toilet. It's so tricky to keep him from eating his bandage (i try to only put the buster collar on when I have to leave him on his own for a short time) and I'm just getting more and more upset every day as he is feeling more and more subdued and sorry for himself.
I know it's not going to be like this for a very long time but I'm just feeling so down about it right now. I want my bouncy happy puppy back!

That feels a bit better getting that all down in writing!
 
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