MY 4 yo chihuahua is almost at the end of a long ordeal. She broke her front leg between the shoulder and knee joint 12/26/08 jumping off the couch. Our vet put a cast on....3 months later it had not healed. We took her to an orthopedic vet who said the cast wasn't keeping the leg immobile so it didn't have a chance to heal. He put a splint on and said to give it another few months. It didn't heal so he put a plate and screws in 3 months ago. We had an ongoing issue with this vet because we felt that he was not adequately addressing the wound/splint sores. He repeatedly told us that we didn't need to bring her to have the splint changed unless it smelled bad, she was chewing it, or it got wet. As a result of this advise she had several cuts and sores from the splint that were causing her alot of discomfort.
Yesterday the splint was removed. I expected her leg to have hair missing, be withered, and floppy but I wasn't prepared for what I saw. Her leg is a covered with what the vet called "superficial" compression sores. Under the splint was black stuff (old blood?) The splint was stuck to her leg in places and had to be ripped off. Her leg is twisted so that her the pads of her paw are facing outward. It looks like it was mangled in a bear trap. I was told to wash t and that it was fine to let her lick and pick at it because it will be itchy. What??? And no jumping down from furniture etc.
One bone is healed and the other is just about healed. He wants the splint off for a week then he'll put another one on until the second bone is fully healed.
Is her leg supposed to be twisted and mangled looking? Has anyone else been told that its ok to let them lick, bite at the sores??
This just doesn't sound right to me.