It's ALL fun and Games until someone ends up in a cone!! Ridgeback puppies never fully appreciate the reality of how big they are , ( or aren't!) At 9 weeks old Charlie decided to chase his big sister up and down our hall. Either he was quicker than Karma had thought, or not as fast as he, himself thought, but during the play Karma leapt and Charlie was her landing spot. Leaving our man , Chuck, with a broken rear leg. Charlie has nearly a month ahead of soft casting with very limited activity. Carrying this now 23+ pound pup is no longer as easy as you might think. Only 1 pound 3 ounces at birth he has grown fast and strong/ He is unafraid of other dogs, still barks and begs to play with his sisters both big and small. He will be with us at least 4-6 weeks before we will feel confident about sending him home. His vet bill WITH our sizable discounts is already twice over his placement fee and then some. That's just one more facet of being a Breeder
It is not at all uncommon to hear from someone wanting to become a Breeder. We try to make sure they understand it's not all fun and games. Aside from the worries about Momma, and the placement of puppies you have 10 weeks to be responsible for absolutely everything. Shots, dewclaws, weaning, leash training, starting their housebreaking, crate training, teaching them to be more gentle with their mouths and yes even their names.... well you think you know pretty much everything you need to know. You get them tested for worms, get their vaccines and microchipped. And then the week before they are going home you forget and relax. I was allowing the pups one of the last few romps through the house and halls before they began leaving the middle of the following week. Charlie being the largest at over 20 pounds was having great fun running with his Big Sister, Karma ( who adored the babies!) . They had been chasing each other for nearly 15 minutes when I heard a yelp in the hallway. People running from every direction found Karma standing worried over a laying down Charlie. As we pulled her away, he stood up but put nearly zero weight on his rear left leg. It was late Saturday evening and the chances were best that it would be soft tissue in jury , such as a stepped on foot. Sunday he continued to refuse to put any weight on the leg so we had no choice but to Take him in to double check first thing Monday morning. The x rays made me ill. He had spent the past 36 hours with this leg!!
Talk about feeling like dirt!!?? We scheduled him for surgery the next day, ( They had water left in the puppy pen over night)
Surgery went very well, the Vets were very impressed with how well the bones pinned together and they put him into a soft cast.. Along with some antibiotics ( Sulfa and Augmentin) he was fine for nearly a week when he decided to begin chewing on the cast..... sigh. By Morning he had a raggedy cast despite the tape and socks with a small red rash on his stomach. Another race into the vet and we redid the bandages deciding to change his antibiotic to Fluoxtine and decided for the next 1-2 weeks we would be redoing the soft cast DAILY. The Grey instrument you see is used to hold the pins together in the leg.
You can clearly see the 5 pins required along with the surgical wire that is there to rebond the bones. Being a very clean break and a very young dog we should not have to worry about the bones healing well as long as he is kept restricted in movement ( yey.....) and that bandnage and antibiotics continue to prevent any form of infection.
Happily, Charlie's recovery was complete. He joined his new family with a bounce in his step and mischief in his eyes.