Simba – a 7 month old Toy Poodle with a Radius Fracture

After jumping from a couch at home and suddenly becoming lame, 7 month old Simba arrived at our surgery to be assessed.

X-rays revealed that the Toy Poodle had a break in his left fore-radius and ulna, so he was admitted to hospital and underwent a procedure that involved a 6-hole bone plate being applied to fix the fracture.

In the three images below, you can see the procedure unfold – Simba's bones were tiny, so the screws we used were only 1.5mm in diameter.

In this x-ray, you can see the repaired fracture. Simba’s leg was bandaged to provide the bone with support whilst it healed (you can actually see the Elastoplast portion of the bandage in the x-ray).

The bandage was removed four weeks after the surgery and the sutures were removed two weeks after that (six weeks after surgery). In this video that we captured just after his sutures were removed, you can see Simba walking with ease.



The initial x-ray and surgery cost Simba’s owners $1205 – if this procedure had been performed at a specialist centre, they would have been looking at a bill of $4000 or more!

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