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Hi,

I am reaching out to anyone specifically any veterinarians whom have dealt with a dobberman with a broken leg.

I live in the South of Spain and our local dog sanctuary was alerted about a Dobberman wondering the streets in a rural town, luckily they managed to rescue him as if he ended up in the police pound it is likely he would have been put to sleep.

It his believed he has been running the streets for a long time, and has broken his leg at some point. The leg has healed and he does not appear to be in any pain. He is still quite mobile.

Unfortunately this leg has never been treated or given the chance to heal and as a result it has set out of place and he has a very "wonky" back leg. Its so heart breaking to see.

Looking for some advice around operating on this leg ?

He is around 2-3 years old still a young boy.


Some assumptions are that he was let go because the owners could not afford the operation for his leg, he is very under weight but generally a happy lively dog.


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Agreed this is one option however, consideration into the long term impact has to be taken into account, we assume this will be having a detrimental affect on his hips and back and also assume arthritis is likely down the line.
 

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I think often in these cases, an amputation is the appropriate thing to do. Of course, that comes with its own problems in terms of the stresses it puts on the remaining legs, joints and back. But dogs actually do pretty well with an amputation, and it is much easier for them to lose a back leg than a front leg, in any case.
 

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I do not have any firsthand experience with an exact case like this however a friend is dealing with a similar situation regarding a toe in her belgian shepherd.
My recommendation would be to find an orthopaedic specialist, and get a consult. Which I know is not easy with rescue funds, but perhaps it would be possible to crowdfund it if you post about him somewhere?
An ortho would be able to tell you whether amputation is indicated, or if the dog would benefit from rebreaking the bone and re-setting it, or if it's better to leave it be for now and re-evaluate in a few years.

I would also advice where possible to start giving him joint-health supplements. Liquid glucosamine is a godsend, especially if it also has MSM and Chondritin, it will help protect and support his remaining joints from deterioration, and when/if deterioration occurs it will offer pain relief. It's something his future owners should also factor into their budget if they want to adopt him. It's not terribly expensive either. Usually it is easier to buy in bulk sold for horses but it is the same formula for horses as it is for humans and dogs or even cats, only thing that tends to change is the label and maybe the flavour.
 
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