Yella, broken leg

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    Yella is a Carolina, US Dingo. I live on a farm and my dogs live free. Dog door in the house.
    Opening to over 60 acres of freedom. I got horse. The horses and dogs use each other as toys. I have 3 dogs, 2 pigs and only 5 horses left. Used to be over 40.
    Yella got to frisky with one of the horses and got kicked.
    Dumb ars was not fast enough.
    Left front , clean brake, just over the wrist, no dislocation to worry about.
    So, with any animal that is a rather great challenge, they have to be kept very confined, the less they move the better.
    I have a lot of experience with horses. Upper level 3 day eventer, injuries are part of the games. Some can take a year, till healed.
    But with a dog and a broken leg there is one minor complication. Movement.
    The cast will start rubbing and create soreness, infections and so on. Especially if, like Yella, there is already a abrasion, from the kick. Nothing serious hair gone and a minor cut in the skin.
    Any infection under the cast will cost him his leg, or if not caught in time his live.
    We started out with a splint, for 3 days to get the swelling down.
    I had thought that the 5 feet fence around my garden was good enough to keep him in.
    Wrong, he jumped the 5 feet, with a broken leg and a splint all the way up to his elbow.
    No damage done.
    Friday he got a cast and now the fight for his leg begins.
    I built a 8 feet fence around the dogy door he and his buddies have around 50 sqf to go outside, by them self.
    Now comes the interesting part. Dogs have their crap places, if they are free to roam. They are not close to their home.
    I take Yella out every day, into the fenced garden, while I do things in the garden. But it is not his crap place. He goes with me do grasse the pigs, but he can not get to his crap place.
    Natural living animals are different.
    He did not crap for 4 days. Till last night. Dogy door is closed at night.
    Than he went caboom, 4 days of crap
    Nice surprise for breakfast, best dealt with a coffee, after breakfast.
    Naturally he is absolutely confused and has no idea what has happened to him.
    Will be a very interesting challenge.
    But that leg will have to stay on.
    4 weeks to go for him.
     
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    maybe some doggie downers?
     
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    I do not like to do drugs, they create dependency over such a long period of time.
    Tomorrow I will take him of the pain killers, because of it. The antibiotics I will run till the end of the week, because of the minor cut.
    But than it is between him and me and training and a lot of attention, to make him understand and accept his new lifestyle.
    I will have to remove a lot of crap from the house till its over.
    But if it works, it will be worth the effort.
    Hopefully he finds a new crap corner in the little confined area he has , outside.
     
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    I wonder if digging up part of his crapping place and relocating it inside the fence would help... make it smell right :)
     
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    Yes, a very good idea.
    I take him out when I do my evening shores. Very controlled movement.
    While I was doing the pigs he vanished. He is like a ghost, a wild dog. He moves silent. If I work on the farm, he is always close, but you never see him. I sit down take a break, he instantly shows up.
    Best option have him crap in the house again and than move it into the outside prison.
    Yella has been the most interesting dog I ever had and I have had since 30 years, always a pack of 3-5 dogs. All different, breeds or mixes. Some were not just companions, but had a job, herding
    But that guy is something special.
    It will be an education for both of us.
     
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    My cat is 'special.' He can't understand that he can come in through the same kitty door that he's been using to go out for years. No matter how many times I show him.
     
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    I have seen that with all my animals. They are animals of habit. You change it, they are confused.
    Once they get it every ting becomes routine.
    But boy, if things change again.
    I expect by end of the week, that my pack will have its new routine down. But keeping an eye on Yella, the ghost, will be a challenge.
    He moves like a cat, noiseless.
     
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    So we are heading into the 3rd week. Things look rather good. Yesterday he had a checkup and the Doc was rather pleased. No raised temp, nice cold and wet nose.
    As I had expected all 3 dogs have adjusted to the new routine. They found themselves a new crap corner in the 6 feet high fenced in little area at the Greenhouse.
    Looking good so far.
     
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    Now we are in for a real fight.
    3 weeks and today the cast came of to check for soreness and it was jucky. The paw is rather raw. The vet questioned me if he had been in water because the cast was very wet inside. Nope no rain no water. The paw is swollen badly, so he has a splint.
    On my way home I thought about. The cast was closed at the bottom. Dogs do not sweat, but there is still moisture in the skin and hair and that had no were to go. Plus condensation, hot during the day cool during the night.
    Naturally all that moisture will go down hill, to the paw.
    I have broken arms and legs so often it ain't funny, but the casts were never really closed, toes and fingers were always out side of the cast, and air could circulate.
    He is not going to get an other cast. We get the next 3 weeks done with a splint and breathable wrappings.
     
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    I got the jungle rot under control. Good to have been in the military as a serious boot. Had it a few times and know how to treat it.
    My vet is pulling along, very good vet.
    Coming Friday will be 4 weeks. Time for X-rays. But I feel rather confident
     

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