Broken Leg Dogs
One of the most common, career-ending injuries for greyhounds is a broken hock. The right back leg is the most vulnerable, as the dog pushes off with the right leg on the first turn causing higher stress on the bone. For some further reading on the subject, see Hock Fractures, by Suzanne Stack, DVM.
At the beginning of each fiscal year, the BRGA board dedicates a portion of the budget for surgery and rehabilitation for greyhounds who suffer broken legs at the track. A group of volunteers in Florida work with the tracks and are on-call to assist in the efforts to get an injured greyhound to the animal hospital and get them treated as quickly as possible. A broken leg can cost between $1,500 - $2,000 depending on how severe and what surgery may be needed. Having groups such as BRGA already committed to providing financial support makes the process easier.
Any dog for which BRGA provides funds are made available to BRGA members first. Many of our members have adopted these broken-leg dogs and can tell you that, despite them having lost a step, they are still fast, happy, and healthy.
Welcome our newest foster dog, Mamacita to VA!
Mamacita was racing until just a few months ago when she was injured during her last race. She fractured her calcaneal shaft which is associated with the tarsal bone on her hind leg. Fractures such as this are fairly common in racing Greyhounds. They also heal relatively well after surgery, time, and rest to become “retired couch potatoes” in a new home.
The rescuers in Florida reached out to BRGA asking for help in paying for her surgery (over $1500) to pin, plate, and repair the bone. BRGA was happy to do so! Also Mamacita’s full brother was just adopted in April through our group!
Mamacita had a full hard cast on her rear leg for approximately 4 weeks and was resting comfortably in foster care in FL. Once they removed the heavy cast, the veterinarian put on a soft cast so she could have a bit more mobility while she continues to recover. Mamacita was now medically cleared to travel to VA. It was arranged that a wonderful volunteer in FL drove her up to VA in his Toyota Prius; (yes-they can hold a Grey very comfortably!) to meet her new fosters.
Mamacita will continue to recover in her new foster home. The soft cast will stay on for an additional 2 weeks. She must remain quiet as much as possible with limited exercise until the cast is removed. After that, Mamacita will receive continued TLC from her fosters to help get mobility back in her leg. Once she is cleared by a veterinarian, she will become available for adoption.
If you can help BRGA recover some of its costs for repairing her leg, please donate to BRGA. Throughout the year, BRGA donates money to help as many Greyhounds as possible that have racing related injuries and helps them find their new forever home. Your tax deductible donation helps BRGA to continue helping these Greyhounds.