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8/8/2009 9:34:44 AM
Posts: 2
Hi, We are the owners of a 4mth old Border Collie/blue heeler cross named Tucker.
2 days ago Tucker was hit by a car, taken to the vet asap, he has 2 fractures of the pelvis. The vet prescribed painkillers and strict rest. We have him in a large crate/kennel. He does walk, and want to play, especially when taken outside to the bathroom.
I guess my questions are, has anyone had this experience? What exactly does strict rest mean? His breed is very active, so only on day 2 of treatment and he's ok with it so far, any ideas for keeping him busy or how contained should he be? ( the kennel we have him in allows him to stand and turn around with a bit of spare room.
We are carrying him down the stairs at potty time, but he's really wanting to walk and run.
8/9/2009 5:44:31 AM
Posts: 1904
Keep doing what you are doing. The dog has a broken pelvis and it will not heal in 3 days. IF you do not keep him confined and his activity level restricted, then either he will not heal or worse damage will be done, such as nerve damage, or damage to internal organs.

yes he will get bored and frustrated but he has to be confined.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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8/9/2009 6:18:30 AM
Posts: 409
Give him a new chew toy to keep him entertained. Nylabone has some that are great for moderate to hard chewers and Kong toys can be stuffed with treats or peanut butter to make them more fun for longer. He'll get bored, but you're doing everything correctly.

Good luck with him!
8/10/2009 3:45:09 PM
Posts: 253
I'm wondering if the vet can prescribe some kind of mild sedative for when he starts wanting to be really active? I'm not usually a fan of using sedatives for daily stuff, but the alternative of hurting himself further/not healing is far worse.
8/10/2009 6:20:28 PM
Posts: 2
A sedative is a good idea, he's already at the stage of wanting to run, jump and play, and is still on the pain medication.
I'm really amazed at what he can do, and does, complete use of his back legs, u would never believe anything happened to him. Also quite insulted about having to stay in his kennel. We do hear his displeasure quite often.
8/13/2009 9:06:37 AM
Posts: 75
Another thing you can do to increase the interest in the stuffed kongs is freeze them. I've heard of putting yogurt and other similar treats in them and then freezing, so they're not as easy to get out and increases the amount of time it takes to get the goodies out. Good luck, that sounds very challenging. I also have herding breeds and they love their exercise.
8/18/2009 5:42:58 AM
Posts: 14
OUCH! I'm not familiar with your breed, but we had a very similar situation with a 7 month old Doberman. Carried her up and down steps and supported her at every chance with a bath towel under her for support.... sort of like a belly-cradle. One hip was fractured, on hip was cracked. She is now 5 years old and having a bit of difficulty getting up and down steps, but for the most part, we are very fortunate to still have her as she was in 3 days of intensive care after the accident. Good luck with your baby and keep doing what the vet says. Dobermans are pretty active too, and it was hard to keep her down, but as the rest stated, you have to keep her from doing more damage, so strict rest for healing is the ultimate medicine right now.