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My 10 week old doberman was playing with my bull mastiff unattended (my bad) Long story short my poor dobie broke his leg. We rushed to the vet and paid $650 for some meds and a splint they said he might need surgery which would be $4,000. Looking at the X-rays i feel as if he doesn’t need surgery i need a second opinion on this i have the X-rays.
 

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I'd go to another vet for a second opinion.

It's almost impossible to give online advice about something this serious--and very few of us are vets here. Not to mention that when it comes down to it, a lot of advice on the internet is worth exactly what you pay for it...nothing.

I hope your pup heals quickly.....
 

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I would not second guess a vet based on my own experience since I have no medical training. Personally, with a puppy, I would consult an orthopedic or sport/rehab specialist. With a growing puppy, you want to have the bone treated the best possible way. Puppies grow very rapidly, and with bone growth a factor, I would to do my absolute best to ensure my puppy had no lasting damage.
 

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Unless you are also a veterinarian, you really, REALLY shouldn't decide not to do surgery when a vet tells you it's necessary. Get a second opinion, by all means, but DO NOT IGNORE THIS.
 

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I would go to an orthopedic vet best to always get a 2nd opinion and orthopedic vets are the way to go. My male who is now 3 yrs old when he was younger not only broke one of his back toes he also dislocated the bone off one of the toe digits. My regular vet took the xrays and sent me immediately to the orthopedic vet.
 

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Kylie, so sorry this happened, for you and for the little guy. I had similar happen a couple years ago with a small breed that broke both front legs. I was hoping a brace would work instead of surgery, but it was pointed out that with a puppy, can you keep them inactive enough so that the bone doesn't shift? Even with surgery we had to take him outside, support him as he relieved himself and then immediately right back in the cage. So important that it mends straight. At that age the ligament is stronger than the bone, but as a dog ages it reverses and the bone is strong and the ligament is usually the one injured in an accident. A Doberman puppy is much stronger than my Chinese Crested puppy and he was hard enough to manage those first weeks. I didn't have insurance and yes, that $6K hurt. If you don't have Ins. most vets let you pay on Care Credit. If paid within a year, no other costs tacked on.
 

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Hi Kylie. Welcome from thePacific NW.

Like others have stared, it's your pup's stage in life that is so concerning. I have just watched my son'e new pup grow from 11 weeks to 6 months and I can't imagine having to deal with a broken leg.

When I was a young. child, I broke my leg quite severely. I was laid up for quite a while. Growth was definitely a consideration. I underwent surgery and over the course of several months, they swapped out my cast 3 times.

If it were my puppy, I would definitely get a veterinary orthopedist involved.

JMO

Best to you and your puppy.

John Lichtwardt
Portland OR
 

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Please consult quickly as a break and/or fracture are both painful to deal with waiting for surgery/correction. Your best bet is to call different vet hospitals/surgeons and email them the photos to get a quick response. Where are you located?


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I'd definitely get a second opinion. Since your original vet said it 'may' need surgery, if it's non displaced and depending on the location of the break, he might heal just fine with a splint but depending on his age it might need to be replaced often. Good luck on healing and keeping him quiet. Care credit is your friend
 
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