Border Collie Holly was seen at VREC through our Emergency service after her left forelimb was struck by a remote control car. Her owners noticed after the hit she immediately began refusing to bear weight on the limb. Our emergency department took radiographs which revealed both distal radius and ulna fractures. The radius and ulna is the lower part of a dog’s forearm. Fractures can occur in smaller and toy breeds from relatively minor trauma and can cause acute and severe pain.
Based on the location of Holly’s fractures, surgery was recommended and she was internally transferred to our Surgery department. Once qualified for the Angel Fund, our surgery team performed an internal fixation surgery which utilized bone plates to stabilize the fracture sites. She was an excellent patient and did well with recovery in-hospital until she was discharged to fully recover at home.