Case Report:  Tibial Tuberosity Avulsion Fracture

Gus, a four-month-old male Australian Cattle dog, was attempting to jump on the bed.  He missed the bed and landed incorrectly.  After the accident Gus’ parents noticed he wouldn’t put weight on his right hind leg.  Since it was after hours for their regular veterinarian, they brought him into the Emergency Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia.

An x-ray was taken and a tibial tuberosity avulsion (lifting or tearing away) fracture was found.  This is a common injury in puppies due to the growth plates (the area of growing tissue near the end of long bones).

The following day Gus was taken into surgery.  Dr. Morris was able to pin the fracture back into place.  Gus recovered well and returned home the day after surgery with very strict exercise restrictions.

Gus returned six weeks later for an x-ray to recheck for healing.  The x-ray showed good healing and Gus was ordered to continue the exercise restrictions for three more weeks.  After that Gus could return to his normal puppy activities.