April 12, 2024 update:

Dr. Evans has released Freckles! He can now be a regular Brittany pup. Just no jogging over the next 6 months as his growth plate continues to heal. 

Freckles is now officially ready for his forever home – check out his story here: https://brittanyrescueintexas.org/freckles-23/

March 7th update: 

Dr. Evans examined and took new x-rays of Freckles. There is been a minor change for the better. She has requested to see him every two weeks for the next couple of months for x-rays. Please keep your donations coming as these visits are expensive. 

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Young Freckles was diagnosed with a growth plate issue (see below) on Feb. 1st. The vet put a splint on his right front leg and requested he remain still for 6 weeks (“no activity“). Unfortunately this proved to be too big an ask for this energetic boy…he ate his splint!!!

This resulted in an emergency visit for a gastrotomy (aka stomach surgery to remove the splint!). He came through that surgery fine but is now recuperating at his foster home. The splint was replaced by heavy drugs to keep him still. Poor Freckles has to be leash walked, kept still, and confined for another four weeks. The vet wants to see him every two weeks for xrays. The good news is the vet did see some new growth this past visit. 

BRIT and the vet anticipate Freckles total vets costs will exceed $2,500.
If you are in a position to help fund his vetting please make a donation here: 

Growth Plate Issue

An issue with a dog’s leg growth plate typically refers to a problem with the development of the cartilage near the end of the bones where growth occurs. Growth plates are crucial for bone lengthening and eventual bone maturation. 

It’s essential to address any issues with a dog’s leg growth plate promptly, as they can impact the dog’s future mobility, comfort, and overall health.

When there is a problem with the growth plate, it can lead to abnormalities in bone growth and development, potentially resulting in deformities or limb length discrepancies. Common issues with growth plates in dogs include:

  • Fractures:
    Fractures that occur within or near the growth plate. These can disrupt bone growth and may require surgical intervention.
  • Injuries from overuse & overexercise:
    Injuries such as compression or shearing forces that affect the growth plate, especially in young, growing dogs, potentially leading to abnormal bone growth or limb deformities.
  • Infections:
    Infections that affect the growth plate, which can interfere with normal bone development and may require antibiotic treatment.
  • Abnormalities:
    Conditions where the growth plate does not develop properly, leading to skeletal abnormalities or growth disturbances.

Treatment typically involves ongoing veterinary evaluation, which may include diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, and appropriate management, which can range from rest and immobilization to surgical intervention depending on the severity of the issue.

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