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I know that sounds silly but I've been searching and reading all the posts about people who have dealt with boxer bones, splints, casts, etc. and they are all pretty old posts. I'm hoping for some sort of newer miracle that can get us through the process, or maybe I just need to vent and know that others realize how difficult this is.

Lacey just turned one and somehow broke her front "wrist". We have no idea how it happened... my husband had the 3 dogs out running errands with him and they were fine, hanging their heads out the windows, switching sides, etc. But when he got home and let them out, she wouldn't put any weight on her foot and soon it started to swell. Anyway, off to find a vet that would see her right away, and $924 later I brought her home with meds and a splint. Instructions, as you know, are to keep her calm, quiet, no activity, keep the splint dry and clean, etc. HAH! As you all also know, that's almost impossible, especially with a young boxer.

We have a pet door and a fence in yard with a pond in the back, two swimming pools for the dog, etc. They are in and out all day being happy, healthy dogs. Until now. Lacey happens to love water. She loves the swimming pools and even goes into our pond to do a few laps. We've drained the pools but we certainly can't drain the pond so we've had to keep the gate closed, limiting all 3 dogs to a very small yard area. Doesn't help. She sticks her paws in her water bowl. She picks and chews at the splint. She goes crazy with an e-collar on and will hurt herself more trying to get it off. I'm a strong supporter of crate-training and of all the 50 dogs I've fostered/adopted, this is only the second dog that will NOT tolerate a crate. She will kill herself trying to get out. I've tried the metal ones and the plastic ones.

It's only been 6 days and I'm at my wit's end. We've already had to have the splint changed once because it was so damaged and apparently a rash was starting between her toes. We had a new one put on yesterday and when I woke up this morning (how dare I think I'm allowed to sleep for four hours and take my eyes off her) she had chewed off most of the bottom of the splint/ and taping. And it's damp from her mouth. We're going to get yelled at when I go back tomorrow to have it changed again. I'm supposed to get an appointment with an ortho specialist and I will but I know that's gonna cost me another small fortune. The vet who treated her has her on lots of Gabapentin and Trazadone to keep her calm but even that's not enough. She's still a young boxer.

Suggestions? Thoughts? Sympathy? Short of keep her in a drug-induced coma, I don't know how I'm going to get through the next 5 or 6 weeks. Sorry for the long vent - I knew you folks would understand.
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Because it’s her front leg the only way to keep her from chewing the splint is an e collar and for the time being she will have to be leash walked when she goes out. If this doesn’t heal right she may have really bad arthritis in that wrist ruining her quality of life so I think the extra effort here is the only way this is going to work out. You could try applying bitter apple sold in pet stores or maybe chewy to keep her from licking but if that doesn’t work she’s stuck full time with that e collar. An orthopedic will probably want to put pins in that to stabilize the area so I’m afraid there’s no easy way. i have had to deal with foot surgeries before and ear flap surgery those are equally as frustrating! Good luck
 

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Because it’s her front leg the only way to keep her from chewing the splint is an e collar and for the time being she will have to be leash walked when she goes out. If this doesn’t heal right she may have really bad arthritis in that wrist ruining her quality of life so I think the extra effort here is the only way this is going to work out. You could try applying bitter apple sold in pet stores or maybe chewy to keep her from licking but if that doesn’t work she’s stuck full time with that e collar. An orthopedic will probably want to put pins in that to stabilize the area so I’m afraid there’s no easy way. i have had to deal with foot surgeries before and ear flap surgery those are equally as frustrating! Good luck
Thanks, I appreciate your reply and was kind of afraid that was going to be the case. I am still waiting for a callback from an ortho surgeon so for now we're just using the vet who saw her right when it happened. Fortunately I don't believe it's a clean break, from the one bad x-ray they were able to get it seems as if some bones had chipped away from the side of her leg. Guess this is going to be a long, challenging, expensive journey.

The vet who is currently treating her says to keep her heavily sedated and try to rouse her once in a while to make sure she still responds, but even with enough meds in her to knock out a horse she still wants to run and play and wrestle with her brothers. :(
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She’s just a puppy so this is going to be really hard but she really does
have to be super quiet for now please let us know what they say I hope they can fix it I wouldn’t want her to have to have an amputation.
 
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