Top Causes for Broken Bones:
Though this is not a fragile breed by any measure and some broken bones are due to quite serious accidents, below is a chart showing the most common reasons.
As you can see from the chart above, the most common reason is a vehicular accident (being hit by a passing car). And it's a shame that this is the top cause, since this can be easily avoided.
The next top reason is falling from too far of a height, followed by both sporting accidents and rough play. Puppies and seniors are most prone to the latter 3.
Types of breaks:
There are several different ways to classify how a bone is broken. Fracture vs clean, or incomplete vs complete are the most common.
- A fracture, or incomplete fracture, is when a bone is broken halfway and the skin is intact.
- A clean break, also known as a complete fracture, is when the bone is broken entirely in its full circumference and there are two or more bone fragments. There are 3 different types of clean breaks: Transverse (the break is straight across), oblique (the break is at a diagonal, which creates two sharp points), and comminuted (the break has caused 3 or more pieces of bone).
As you can imagine, typically the more serious the accident the higher chances of a Boxer having a more severe break. However, that was not the case with Titus, the Boxer dog that we're about to meet.
Time to Heal:
With breaks that are able to be set in casts with any surgery, young puppies tend to heal faster than adults, often in as little as 4 weeks. Older adult Boxer dogs may need up to 8 weeks.
If surgery is needed to repair a compound or comminuted fracture, it can take 3 months or more for a Boxer to be fully healed. Physical therapy may be needed in some cases, particularly if a dog has learned to favor one or more limbs.
One issue seen with Boxers that are still growing, is that the broken leg may be shorter then the other limbs. In many cases, once the cast is removed the dog can play 'catch up', with all limbs eventually being even.
Let's meet Titus, to see how this Boxer dog got a broken bone and how he's doing now
Titus seems like a pretty chill Boxer, doesn't he?