My three month old puppy broke his growth plate in his back leg. It is very costly to fix. What if I don't?

My 3 month old Jack Russel puppy broke his growth plate in his back leg. I have already invested a few hundred dollars and now they want about 2000 to do surgery. He seems to be doing ok but definitely in pain when he bumps it. I'm not gonna invest that kind of money in a puppy. I'm just making him as comfortable as possible. Any ideas of what to give him to help it heal? Any information would be very helpful. My vets are giving me the run around and wasting a lot of my time and money
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Well.First of all you need to look around on the internet for cheaper vets.lol thats obvious but.I think that you should try to keep the puppy as long as you can DONT put in to sleep you would miss it too bad.UNLESS it gets in too much pain it won't eat,drink,or play anymore...Then it's time to talk about "alternative options"...Hope im of some help to you and God Bless...
u should put him to sleep or give the puppy to someone who can handle it
if you don't pay for the surgery you may end up with a crippled dog who is constantly in pain. You may want to get a second opinion, shop around for a vet that will charge less, or see if you can surrender the dog to an organization that is willing to pay for the surgery and adopt him to someone else.
amputation!!! there are many happy 3 legged dogs
I definitely understand being tight financially, but honestly, when getting a puppy, a person has to expect the unexpected. If you "don't want to invest that kind of money in a puppy" you really should try to find him a home where they don't mind investing that much in him. Call some vets and they may have clients who would be willing to take on an injured animal or some vet clinics actually do rescues of injured animals themselves.
This is sad. How would you like it if you broke your femur and your parents didn't feel like investing that kind of money on you?

If you won't pay for it to be done, then sign him over to the vet clinic or someone who can and will take care of him.

Your vets are not giving you the run around. And your dog's broken growth plate is probably due to owner negligence. Very very sad.
We had a Drahthaar, a type of german pointer, that had the growth plate in her front leg damaged as a puppy. The limb stopped growing, so as she got older the leg appeared more like a short stump. She never acted like it bothered her. In fact, when she wanted sympathy, she would just hold her stump in the air and give us a sad look. Her only problems were a lack of swimming skills and she did get tired if she ran too long. If you can handle a 3 legged dog, I think your Jack Russel could handle it too. He may have a hopping motion to his run, but he should still be able to get around just fine.
How sad that you feel that way about a poor puppy.. Hope that I am not the one standing there when they ask if we should pull the plug on YOU or not...
Who could let a puppy suffer like that? Don't you know not to exercise a young puppy that hard??


Epiphyseal Fractures: Epiphyseal fractures are commonly seen in young, growing dogs. In animals less than one year of age, there are soft areas near the ends of each long bone where growth takes place. These soft areas are referred to as growth plates or epiphyseal plates. Because these are areas of growth, they are rich in immature non-calcified cells that form a soft, spongy area of the bone. These growth plates are more easily fractured because they are the weakest part of the bone. The distal ends of the femur (thigh bone) and humerus (upper front leg) seem to be particularly susceptible to this fracture.

It's important to remember that, although most puppies have lots of energy, their bodies are immature and not ready for exercise that causes sharp or repetitious impact during the first year. Large and giant breeds should be 18 months or older.

The leg bones grow from areas located near their ends. These soft areas of immature bone are called growth plates (also epiphyseal plates or the epiphysis). At about 12 to 16 months, the growth plates “close” as calcium and minerals harden the soft area. When the hardening process is complete, most growth stops and the growth plates are said to be closed. Before they close, the growth plates can be injured or fractured more easily than mature bone. An injury to the growth plate can cause the bone to stop growing or to grow incorrectly.

To protect your pup against damage to the growth plates, postpone high-impact and leg-twisting activities until you're sure the growth plates are closed. Leaping after flying disks or over jumps, jogging (especially on hard surfaces), and similar activities should be avoided until the pup matures. If your puppy is going to mature at 25 pounds or less, she can begin to take part in “grown-up” exercise at 9 months. If she'll mature into a medium to large dog (25 to 95 pounds), wait until she's at least 14 months old. If she's going to be a really big girl of 100 pounds or more, wait until she's at least 18 months old. If you're really impatient, you can have your puppy x-rayed to determine whether the growth plates are open or closed. Whether you do that or not, it's better to err on the side of safety—a few months of patience could make a lifetime of difference for your dog.
He should have the surgery. Most good vets will work with you on a payment plan, just ask. Go to your local pets stores and see if you can have a donation jar up by the cash register. Put a photo of your pup on it with his story. People have big hearts. Have a bake sale. Your puppy needs this, there are always ways to get the money you need. Your vet may even let you have a donation jar there as well. Good luck with the little guy;^)
The price is about about normal for orthopedic surgery actually on the low side rescues with discount often pay $1800 usually the generally fee is over $2500 to pin and plate, the leg should at least be splinted at minimum but there is no guarantees that it will heal correctly, grow, have nerve function other than become a useless appendage that will be dragged and scraped around in which the leg tissue become damage and infected which will then require amputation to save the dogs life. As the nerves start to die the toes will curl under so the the dog starts using the knuckle to walk or what drags causing the skin and flesh to be torn away opening it to infection

If it was a life threaten illness where you were only prolonging life for a short while I would tell you I agree that surgery is not really worth it, but this is a puppy with maybe 14 or 16 years yet ahead of it, dragging around a useless leg can become a lifethreatening situation should it become infected and the only way to save the dog is to amputate it's leg,

I have had broken bones and it is very painful, dogs do have higher pain thresholds put still feel pain. so right now that pup is suffering, because the bone is in 2 pieces the sharp broken edges when bumped are cutting the inside flesh, can sever nerves and tendons, the longer you wait the more any kind of surgery will cost because more has to be doen to fix and if the nerves become damaged you won't be able to fis and teh only option will be to amputate the leg

So your choices are limited force the dog to a prolonged suffering which will like result in even higher costs to treat later if infection results, go ahead with the surgery to repair the break or discuss amputating the leg now which is less expensive though don't expect a vet to be in favour of .
Splinting is only effective is certain types of breaks like a partial fracture to prevent the bones from breaking totally apart while it heals in a complete fracture the bones have seperated and need to be plated and pinned together especialy on weight bearing joints inorder for new bone growth to form over and bind the break together.

I have one dog that suffering a muliple bone fracture in his hock when he was 3 years old now nearing 10 and is still running on that repaired leg

The picture is of his leg after it healed (the one crossed on top) http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/mle...

and this is him running and playing 9 months after surgery
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/mle...

Was his surgery worth it? I think so, even as a senior he is still running playing and chasing after squirrels and rabbits, and jumping in and out of the van under his own power, a lot easier than me trying to carry an 85lb dog up and down stairs or trying to load him in and out of the van without use of a leg or because he is a tripod and if he had the leg aputated he would probably be having problems with his remaining hind leg and hip now as a senior from having to over compensate, so his quality of life would have been much poorer.
You have a very active breed of dog that requires a great deal of activity. Orthopedic surgery IS expensive and must be done by someone with lots of experience in that specific repair. Your price of $2000 is NOT a runaround but realistic. You can probably find surgery with an expert for less, but be careful that the vet has substantial training in orthopedic work.

Meanwhile, he should be confined to a crate for 6-8 weeks and not allowed to play and further injure this leg.

Unfortunately the injury occured likely due to your negligence in supervising play at an age when all puppies are very active--especially Jack Russels. This is a breed that will likely have other injuries in life if they are not given a controlled enviornment with supervision to run off steam.

Get the surgery done and ask the vet for a payment schedule. It may take you 3 to 5 years to pay off but the alternative is to surrender it to the vet or to animal control and admit that you have no business owning a dog because you are unable to pay for its care.


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