Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ouch, What a Feeling!

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ouch, What a Feeling!

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SO your dog has got the rainy season cabin-fever blues and then at long last the sun finally comes out. Its a blue-bird day, so lets make the most of it.

It all started with a ball, a beach and a bouncing young Border Collie. What could possibly go wrong?

Maybe it was all that pent up energy being released after days of no exercise, or perhaps it was just bad luck, but it was on that very first ball throw and a canine olympian leap that poor Lily landed on the sand with an audible and sickening crack and a piteous howl of pain.

Lily was presented in a lot of pain and a swollen back leg but otherwise stable condition, so I gave her some strong pain relief and took X-rays of her obviously fractured leg.

Lily's tibia bone was broken in the middle of the shaft. The top half was in one nice clean bit but the bottom half had exploded into many splintered fragments and fissures.

Repair was going to be challenging to say the least, and I suggested to Lily's owner that although it will be expensive, referral to a surgical specialist would be the best chance of a successful outcome. …

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