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Old Aug 14th 2015, 11:44 AM   #1

I have about a month and a half old buck fawn, now on the bottle.* He was brought in with a terrible case of e.coli, but he has recovered since.* He recieved an injection (can't remember the name of the drug offhand). in his back hindquarter, to which a day later he started to knuckle on his back leg.* He's drug the leg around so much, and despite our best efforts to wrap, splint, and keep it clean, it ended up getting an infection right near the knuckled joint.


We've kept him on antibiotics, and he's doing great otherwise, but the joint feels almost fused and it can't be straightened.* The hoof has appeared to have lost circulation, and is wilting.* It seems like he will loose the foot, but because he is still so young and so small I was wondering if there could be some way to make a boot, or prosthetic to replace the foot, versus amputating the whole back leg (the rest of the leg is health, and he still applies his weight on the bad leg).* I was thinking of something similar to the prothetic legs used by athelete runners design.



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Old Aug 15th 2015, 02:59 PM   #2
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needle from the injection hit the femoral nerve, it causes the hoof to curl under. I always try to give injections in the front of the hindquarter, never from the rear for that reason. Then you get what you have, scrapes and infection on the front of the hoof. You can put a splint on it early on to keep the hoof straight, the nerve will usually regenerate and heal. It takes months though and is a LOT of work, changing splints and bandages.


A boot or prosthetic will be the devil to keep on, and always the problem of chaffing, open sores, and infection.


I would amputate the leg up high to prevent him from trying to use that leg. Fawns will usually adapt and do well even with only one back leg. Only prob is danger from other bucks when older during the rut.
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Old Aug 17th 2015, 04:08 PM   #3

We're hoping it doesn't come down to amputation.* We resplinted his leg and hope that will help stabilize it.* Thanks for the info!

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