Running on ice leads to a broken bone…

Toga, a 1 year old standard poodle, was playing outside. He slipped on ice and ran into a tree. This apparently benign incident led to severe limping on a back leg.

X-rays confirmed a shattered femur (thigh bone).


I was called in to repair the fracture at Blairstown Animal Hospital in NJ.

We ended up using a big plate, a wire, a pin and 15 screws.

In order to heal, Toga will need to be strictly confined to a small room, with no jumping, no running and no stairs for 2 months. He also needs to be walked on a leash to eliminate only.

So far, 1 month after surgery, he is recovering nicely at home.



Dr. Phil Zeltzman

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