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    I'm sorry you have to be tortured over this until Tuesday. Is there an orthopedic vet that your vet could refer you to? It sounds like your vet is unsure. When it comes to bones and joints it may be best to see a specialist.

    I do have experience with a growth plate fracture. Lucy needed surgery on a rear leg when she was 5 months old. My regular vet noticed it right away on xray (on a Friday evening). I had an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on a Monday morning and they did surgery that day.

    I know it is easy for me to tell you not to worry but it sounds like you still don't have all of the answers. Hopefully you can make some headway tomorrow. Until you get a diagnosis I would keep the pup on strict crate rest. No steps, no jumping and no interacting with other animals. Its best to keep the injured pup as quiet as you can. If you have steps leading out to the yard carry the pup and put a lead on to limit it's mobility during potty breaks.

    Please keep us posted. I can tell you from my experience my Lucy has had her fair share of sprained and pulled muscles. I hope this is the case for you and your pup.

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    Smile Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    I have a bully that sprained his neck. My vet gave him a anti inflammitory and remidol and it took 3 weeks till he would play or move his neck. He cried alot we he got up. I took him to an inexperanced vet a they said it was his prostate. 900.00 dollars later I was able to see my vet and it was soft tissue. Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidh View Post
    If you don't like what the top vet tells you,I think I would see another vet. Is your vet a bully vet? If not, find one and hope you have one in your area.
    i know the top vet in the surgery is trustworthy, he's not a bully vet, i don't have any in my area but he's very experienced and has been recommended to me by a lot of people. unfortunately bella isn't a very lucky dog at the moment because she's been back and forth from the vets so many times! all things that aren't either her or my fault, just unlucky. hopefully after all of this she can stay clear from there for a while!
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    the vet i saw was unsure but the top vet i feel more comfortable talking to and taking advice from was away! just my luck. it's tomorrow that we'll be recieveing a call after he's looked at the xrays so fingers crossed it wont be anything too serious! she's been on anti-inflammatories since saturday afternoon but there's still no improvement atall so that worries me quite a bit! i've been carrying her everywhere. i try to keep her out the crate as much as possible so she's just been resting on the sofa or bed, and i carry her out when she needs the toilet. it's just such a shame because she's quite an active bully and loves playing with our staffy, and wondering round the house being nosey and checking her family are okay! i shall let you all know on the news we hear tomrorow and whether she needs surgery or not. fingers crossed she won't
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    Quote Originally Posted by sophie098567 View Post
    the vet i saw was unsure but the top vet i feel more comfortable talking to and taking advice from was away! just my luck. it's tomorrow that we'll be recieveing a call after he's looked at the xrays so fingers crossed it wont be anything too serious! she's been on anti-inflammatories since saturday afternoon but there's still no improvement atall so that worries me quite a bit! i've been carrying her everywhere. i try to keep her out the crate as much as possible so she's just been resting on the sofa or bed, and i carry her out when she needs the toilet. it's just such a shame because she's quite an active bully and loves playing with our staffy, and wondering round the house being nosey and checking her family are okay! i shall let you all know on the news we hear tomrorow and whether she needs surgery or not. fingers crossed she won't
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    Hoping all the best for Bella.....

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    I don't have any experience with this but I am thinking of you and your bully. Please keep us updated.. I am keeping a good thought for you.. Nothing worse then when our babies aren't themselves.. Hang in there.

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    @sophie098567 We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers she will make a fast recovery, and will not need surgery. Please keep us posted
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    Update on Bella!
    Vet called today and said that nothing serious can be seen on the xrays, so her injury appears to be ligament or other soft tissue damage, possibly just a really bad pulled muscle. There's no nerve damage and it appears there's been a bit of improvement over night! She's using her leg a bit more and is limping as oppossed to just holding it up and walking on three legs. She has her anti-inflammitries and painkillers for another three days and depending on her recovery we'll have to call up for more tablets on Friday. She has to be caged for another week and they're going to send her xrays off to a specialist to be 100% sure!
    Does anyone have any information on the age at which growth plates fuse? Because she's an 11 month old pup the initial idea was that she'd damaged her growth plates but apparently the xrays show that they're already fused together. The vet asked if we've had her since she was a tiny puppy because she reckons she might be a bit older. We've had her since she was 5 months, but have never questioned anything we've been told because she came from an amazing breeder in Southampton who breeds brilliant pedigree Bulldogs, Dogue De Bordeaux and Shih Tzu's. Her dad is a champion and her grandad is known around the world! Maybe she's just a quick developer, who knows! But any advice on this would be great
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    Default Re: Urgent - tissue damage, growth plate fracture or something else?

    Well..wonderful news so far! I'm sorry I can't help with the development questions,but I assume they certainly can grow at different rates. Keep her crated and good luck!!

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    WOW... That is a far cry from "if she doesn't have surgery immediately she'll be ruined for life".... think you need to just SMACK that rep tech or whoever that was that scared you so badly. Im glad to hear it isn't all that it was made out to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceP View Post
    WOW... That is a far cry from "if she doesn't have surgery immediately she'll be ruined for life".... think you need to just SMACK that rep tech or whoever that was that scared you so badly. Im glad to hear it isn't all that it was made out to be.
    I know it's ridiculous! After all this worry is over and her leg is completely better I'll probably switch vets. It's just with the other pets we've had registered there we've never really had any serious problems and it's not until serious problems arise that you started depending on them and taking their advice so much - Truely realising how good/bad they are.

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