Today we are looking at Italian Greyhound Problems specifically, breaking bones! These little guys are so slight and move so quickly.
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Unlike most breeds of dogs, Italian Greyhounds are very prone to leg fractures. The fast and fine-boned breed has a tendency to run into objects, which may lead to fractured legs. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent this problem.
Whether the dog is limping or experiencing pain, it’s important to get it checked out as soon as possible.
We have two Italian Greyhounds (affectionately referred to as IGs) in our household. When we brought Yankee home, Dixie was two years old. I’d read that IGs are happier when they have a companion, and I figured that another IG would be half the bother and twice the fun.
After a few days of working together to develop a pack order, the two became fast friends.
For those who are unfamiliar with IGs, they are a breed that is around one-fourth the size of the famed racing breed.
When they are at their most active and truly happy, they appear to be half-starved, which, while it may appear cruel to most pet owners, is actually the most natural state for them.
A pound or two of extra weight causes them to sluggish and can become potentially harmful.
They are fearless when it comes to jumping. No matter how many times I try to explain Newton’s Laws of Gravity to them, it never seems to make any difference.
Heart-stopping anecdotes of people’s Superman-like tendencies may be found in plenty on the internet chat rooms.
Keeping Their Weight Right
The additional weight raises the likelihood of breaking a bone.
They’re also excellent jumpers, as you might expect. Dixie used to be able to jump straight up over 6 feet high to grab a snack when she was in her prime.
She could jump onto the dining room table with her feet flat on the floor, landing as gently as a butterfly and leaving her feet aching.
What was most important was the fact that those long skinny legs were designed for speed. Unfortunately, they are capable of running faster than they are capable of thinking. When IG’s are sprinting, they become single-minded.
I was on the verge of having a heart attack twice when they slammed into one other at full speed from opposing directions, tumbling around like out-of-control race cars.
When they were chasing after one another, they’d scrape the trees so close that the bark literally flew off, and when they misjudged curves, they’d crash into brick buildings and other immovable obstacles.
So, one day, the unavoidable happened: Dixie walked into a door facing the wrong way and snapped her left leg in half. The break was complete and total.
Her tiny paw, dangling at a 90-degree angle from just below her knee, told me everything I didn’t want to know about herself.
I did everything I could to keep it from moving while my wife phoned the veterinarian. As soon as we arrived, they brought her back to the hospital for x-rays.
Even though she was clearly in a lot of pain, she had stopped yelping shortly after I lifted her up. She was, in reality, the most composed of the group.
Because of the puppy, my wife was inconsolable. Because of the bill, I was inconsolable. The fact that I didn’t know how much it was going to cost in the lobby would have made me sob even harder.
Breaks Can Be Costly
This was going to be a significant financial windfall for the veterinarian.
The options were straightforward: they could try a cast, but it was likely that it would not set properly due to the fibula’s extremely small and toothpick-thin size.
A titanium plate and screws were prescribed by the veterinarian.
The cost of the operation alone would be $1,000. The whole amount would actually come to more than $1,800 in the end. For that amount, I could have purchased three Dixies as well as a lifetime supply of dog food.
My wife became enraged because she didn’t like my sense of humor, but I wasn’t making light of the situation.
I am well aware of the power of the purse, and I have no intention of being hit by hers in the future, so I gave in.
The following morning, they installed the specially designed plate and screws. It was extremely difficult since the screws needed to be large enough to keep everything together while yet being small enough not to interfere with blood flow.
The care and attention Dixie would demand for the following 3 to 4 months was even more distressing (if you can believe it) than the vet expense.
Crate Safe Accommodation
In order to keep her safe for the next three months, she would have to be confined in a crate.
It was necessary to hold her for the first three weeks when we took her outside to use the bathroom for the first time.
It was not permitted to stroll. It is vitally critical for dogs to locate the most appropriate place to relieve themselves; any site will not suffice.
Humans will not really get this until they have missed a whole episode of Monday Night Football on ESPN.
Rehab, take it slow
Some weeks after the surgery, we received some encouraging news: the leg was mending properly.. She would still need to be crated, but we could put her on a very short leash and allow her to stand on her three good legs to go potty when she needed to.
Over the following few months, she was gradually given more independence in two- to three-week intervals.
Things began to return to normal gradually. The first month after she received full clearance to run was quite taxing on her body.
Holding our breaths with each leap and full trot run in anticipation of another vet visit was a common occurrence.
For her to reach the point where she no longer yells or pulls up after a long run or steep bend, it has taken two years of hard work. She has lost a significant percentage of the energy she had at the beginning of the game.
Despite the fact that she can no longer track Yankee from behind, they continue to enjoy chasing each other around the backyard, which provides us great pleasure.
If you’ve never witnessed these generous runners compete at full speed, it’s difficult to understand why we went to such lengths and spent so much money to bring them to you.
My wife enjoys showing off Dixie’s scar to anybody who comes into the house. She reminisces about the entire experience as if it were back in the good old days.
Because I am afraid that my wife may see this essay, I will state that I would do it all over again if I had to. But I’m not going to enjoy it.
They can recover well
Even though it’s easy for an Italian Greyhound to break a leg, it’s easy for the breed to recover from the injury.
The dog’s leg bones are not very dense, which makes it easier for it to sustain a broken leg.
If you’re thinking about getting one for yourself, don’t forget to purchase insurance for your pet, so that you won’t be burdened financially.