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Old Aug 5th 2010, 02:25 PM   #1
  Aug 2010
  Newton Falls, Ohio, United States
We have a small whitetail deer farm in Ohio -- -- and my question is...our two month old bottle fed buck fawn broke his back leg last night...above the knee (about an inch or so) and it was kind of my husband put a splint on it and wrapped it with an ace bandage with tape...and we're not sure what else to do. His leg is pretty swollen...not sure if this is normal...and if we should leave the splint on...or take it off. We set it as straight as we could. We're thinking about re-wrapping the bandage because of the swelling...but we're not sure if this would be a good thing to do. We don't know if it's swollen because of the bandage...or if this is normal. Maybe we should just take the whole thing off (the bandage and the splint)???? Any help is appreciated. Pictures are below.
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Old Aug 5th 2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009

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Do you have Pictures?
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Old Aug 5th 2010, 02:49 PM   #3
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  May 2009
  Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
I have the same problem. My vet told me to leave it alone and it would heal on it's own considering it's up in the hamstring. He said with all the muscle up there and how young the fawn is the bone would heal pretty fast. I put my fawn in a small pen by itself to keep it from running around. I hope this is right
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Old Aug 5th 2010, 03:20 PM   #4
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  Jul 2009
  Deer Park, Alabama

Cervid: whitetails
I had a doe last winter to break her back leg so bad it would flop when she walked. I was even considering putting her down but was told on this site it would heal by itself. I did nothing but feed her and now you can't tell which leg was broke. Think I will try that method on my hard headed son next time!!
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Old Aug 6th 2010, 06:12 AM   #5
  Aug 2010
  Newton Falls, Ohio, United States
We decided to unwrap the splint and let nature take its course. I'm going to try and upload a couple of pictures. We'll see what happens. Thank you so much for your quick replies and answers! They helped us make our decision.
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Old Aug 6th 2010, 06:45 AM   #6
  Aug 2010
  Newton Falls, Ohio, United States

This picture shows his leg after we took the splint and bandage off. When we had them on, his hoof was straight. When we took them off (following photo), his hoof is curled under. Hopefully, everything will work out OK.
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Old Aug 6th 2010, 06:46 AM   #7
  Aug 2010
  Newton Falls, Ohio, United States
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Old Oct 13th 2010, 07:55 PM   #8
  Aug 2010
How did your fawn's leg heal? I hope it is as strong as ever.
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Old Oct 14th 2010, 05:05 AM   #9
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  Apr 2009
  Marquez, TX

Cervid: Whitetails
It should heal fine on it's own. I had one do the same thing a few years ago and after about 3 months you couldn't event tell anything had happened.
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Old Oct 14th 2010, 07:11 AM   #10
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  Apr 2009
  Rivesville, WV

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It should heal fine if you let her relax as much as possible. Some swelling is good, it helps hold the bones in place so they can heal properly.

The only thing you should watch for is sharp edges of the bones. I lost a fawn before that had a broken leg just as you describe. He was doing fine, and then the bone poked through the skin and he went down hill from there. We ended up losing him.

Good Luck !!
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Old Oct 17th 2010, 12:49 PM   #11
  Aug 2010
  Newton Falls, Ohio, United States
Hi Lanasvet, Just wanted to tell you that his leg healed fine! He's back to normal...running around!
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Old Oct 18th 2010, 06:37 PM   #12
  Aug 2010
I'm so glad to hear that your deer's leg healed so well. Our 18-wk old doe fawn fractured her tibia (below the knee, above the hock) 2 weeks ago and they sedated her twice to apply two different splints. Neither of them are great fitting, and I'm not happy with the weight of the second splint, but I fear removing it. It has been 16 days since she broke her right hind leg and I'd like nothing more than to remove this splint! The vet wants to sedate her a 3rd time and to re-splint. I guess I have to follow his advice, although my gutt tells me to remove all this tape and gauze, etc.


Any input/advice re a similar injury would be MORE THAN appreciated.

All the best to all of you great people.
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Old Oct 19th 2010, 08:25 AM   #13
  Aug 2009
  Hubbard OH
Im in the same situation with a none year old doe. She got her hoof stuck in the trailor some how during transport and broke the foot and almost took the fron of her hoof off. I have to sudate her today and give it some attention it looks like it's pretty infected and healing poorly. I tried the same approach in letting it heal on its own however she's in pretty bad shape and it is not healing. The bottlom of it looks like I spread her toes and inserted a tennis ball .
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Old Oct 19th 2010, 03:07 PM   #14
  Aug 2010
They say that some swelling is good b/c it promotes callous formation around the broken bone. But I'd give a shot of an appropriate antibiotic just to help her out-- especially if her appetite has decreased substantially. We gave ours a shot of Draxxin on "Day 3" and I don't regret it. We'll see what it looks like tomorrow when we remove Splint #3.

I WONDER IF SHE CAN GO WITHOUT A SPLINT NOW (we are at Day #17 post injury)???
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Old Nov 2nd 2010, 02:08 PM   #15
  Aug 2010
Our little doe fawn is doing soooooo much better. She is bearing more weight on her broken leg and her appetite has increased substantially. Only thing that worries me is that she is too happy and frolicky, at 4 weeks post injury. I pray that she takes care of her leg and doesn't feel too strong too soon. Have been injecting Excede each week to help with potential infection due to pressure sores caused by bad splints. Our deer vet in Wyoming, IL is a great great guy! Hats off to Dr. Derek McFarland!
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