Hi there, vet Andrew here. Are you online?
Hi. Do you know exactly where the break was?
If he's there, can you feel his leg and see if it's warm all the way down?
Good. The rod you speak of is called an intramedullary pin. It's normally inserted from the top. Will he let you feel around his hip area? Start at the base of the tail and move down his leg. If the rod has backed out it'll be sticking up there. Compare the two sides if you're not sure.
OK, be gentle.
You should be able to feel without turning him
Ok, that's fine. There's no more you can do to assess the repair.
There are two possibilities here:
1. The pin has backed out, or the broken ends have rotated and the fracture is no longer stable.
2. He has damaged the soft tissue around the area by being too active as you suggest. There is also a remote possibility that the site has become infected, but given his appetite I doubt it.
Yes, sometimes a rod will back out and you'll feel the end of it sticking up. Rotation would mean the leg would not be straight but I don't recommend trying to get him to stand up to assess this if he's in severe pain. If it's soft tissue the pain should recede over the next three days or so, as long as the repair is still stable and not repeatedly causing trauma. Since he's on strong painkillers and is still in pain I would not hesitate to have him x-rayed again to make sure everything is in place. It may cost you a little extra but will be nothing compared to the hassle of dealing with a non-union, where the bone does not knit. The other factor to consider is that he's in distress despite his home painkiller regime, and may benefit from some injectable pain relief. I recommend you keep him quiet tonight, skip breakfast tomorrow morning and book him in for an x-ray. In these cases it's far better to be safe than sorry.
No problem. I hope he's back to his extremely active self as soon as possible! Regards, ***** *****