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Old Jun 6th 2018, 02:37 PM   #1
 
  Jun 2018
  NC
Advice Needed for Fawn with 2 Fractured Back Legs

A neighbor was cutting hay in a big pasture when an approximate 2 day old fawn ran out in front of the hay cutter and he accidentally clipped both back legs. Both legs are fractured. The right leg has 2 breaks. One is above the hoof and one is about an inch below the knee. This was a compound fracture with minimal bleeding. The left leg was snapped a little below the knee. Both legs were dangling but she was still moving around with the injuries. This happened 4 days ago. She is eating and pooping fine. She is alert and doesnít appear to be in any gross pain. We cleaned the legs with Bactine and Neosporin and put splints on both legs. I am also giving her 0.5 CC of amoxicillin daily. The legs have had some drainage that has leaked through. Iím concerned with infection due to the open fractures. Iím trying to do all I can with the limited knowledge i have to help her heal. I know Iíve rambled but I just want to do my best to help her back to a somewhat normal life. Any advice would greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!
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Old Jun 6th 2018, 09:11 PM   #2
 
  Sep 2017
  Kansas
Fawns bones heal very fast. Key is to keep an open wound from getting infected rd. Keep her in a smaller area and plan on cleaning the wounds often.
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Old Jun 7th 2018, 12:28 PM   #3
 
  Jul 2009
Put the fawn in a small 3 footx 4 foot area with towels under it. You will have to change towels every couple of days, deep hay will prolly be better so you don't have to move i. Bones will heal IF IT DOSEN"T MOVE TOO MUCH in less than 3 weeks usually. Try to keep it still and calm. Two broken back legs is going to be tough.
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Old Jun 7th 2018, 02:13 PM   #4
 
  Jun 2018
  NC
Thank you for the replies. I really do appreciate you taking the time to reply. I have been changing the bandages under the splints every 2 days. Do i need to leave the splints in place? She tries to get up and walk and she can. It just takes her multiple attempts and she’s still unsteady. I was thinking that she needed to walk some so she doesn’t become weaker. So should be walking any? Thanks again for the input.
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Old Jun 7th 2018, 04:29 PM   #5
 
  Jan 2010
she has to walk, maybe a sling?
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Old Jun 7th 2018, 04:38 PM   #6
 
  Jul 2009
problem with splints is that you walk a fine line between tight enough to stay in place and loose enough that it come off easily. Check under the splint every three days er so to make sure sores don't form and become infected.

I'd hope she would walk as little as possible for a couple of weeks. It is going to be a tough road at any rate.

is she pretty tame???
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Old Jun 7th 2018, 05:13 PM   #7
 
  Jun 2018
  NC
She is very tame. I’ve been keeping check every 2 days on her bandages. I can smell the infection when i change the bandages. It is leaking through some. If i can figure out how to include a pic on here. Thanks so much guys.
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