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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fractures of the Radius and Ulna Bones in Papillons and other Toy Breeds

(Duke's Story)
Sad news, but our little Duke broke his left front leg last night, and is now at the Veterinarian clinic to have surgery tomorrow. Today, he will only have a temporary splint to help to immobilize his leg, to avoid further injuries.
 You will hear more related reports from me about this subject in the nearest future, and you will see, and hear about his hopefully fast,  and most pain free recovery.
The Front Legs of a dog are actually Arms, and the Radius and Ulna are the two bones that comprise the forearm (just like in humans). Fractures of these bones are frequently encountered in Papillons, and other Toy Breeds, or small dogs.
  • Small breed dogs have a poor blood supply to the lower fourth of the radius bone, therefore it is more susceptible to being fractured; also healing of the fracture can take longer than other bones in the body.
  • The radius is the main weight-supporting bone; the ulna bone supports very little weight.
  • If the radius fractures, the ulna usually fractures too.
Radius-Ulna Fracture in a Dog

The personal story of Duke is simply, that he played with 2 other Paps in a room, where I was sitting watching TV. I took one of the Paps out to go potty, and in that ,less than a minute, absence of mine, he must have jumped down to the hardwood floor from my chair I was sitting on . That is the only possibility he had, to jump from anything in that room, and it is only the heights from the seat of a chair.
  • The smaller the dog, the bigger the chance to have a leg fracture.
  • In small breed dogs, landing on the front limbs from a fall is the most common cause of fracture of the radius (example: dog falls out the owners arms).
But not in this case; no one dropped him. (to be continued)


  1. Ohh Antje, I'm so sorry to hear about Duke. You must be absolutely sick to your stomach, I know how much your babies mean to you! I know Duke is in great hands and will make a full recovery. I'll keep you all in my prayers!!!


  2. So sorry to hear this news. Will be praying for the little fella. God bless.

  3. The breeder who I purchased my Papi from has in the contract that the dog cannot jump from anything higher than 12" for a year. We have stuck to it. Many a time still a friend or neighbor want to hold our dog and we say no in case they drop him. All the best to Duke I know he is in good hands and you will give him the best of care during his recoup time.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear that.
    From growing but still, the better bet.

  5. Thanks so much for all your comments, i will keep you posted. The contract idea about those 12 ": one would have to remove all chairs in the house, and related, they are about 15" tall. Or you would have to confine the dog to a crate, or kennel, or room. Or any better solution? My Papis go with me everywhere, including the bathroom. It's a dangerous world out there....