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Orthopaedics April 2014

At Keysborough Veterinary Practice, Dr Chris Boemo has extensive experience with orthopaedic procedures. He is frequently called upon to fix a fracture or stabilise a cruciate ligament. Here are just a few of our more recent xrays from a few challenging cases.

Dr Chris Boemo treats a significant number of racing greyhounds for otherwise career ending hock fractures, and with this experience with hock injuries sometimes means he is called upon to treat much smaller patients.
The large hock in his image belongs to a 30kg racing greyhound, with 2.6mm and 4.0mm diameter screws in place. The small hock belongs to a 2.5kg chihuahua, with a 1.6mm pin in place. There is a vast difference in the size and strength of the bones in these two patients, yet both have been repaired by Dr Boemo.

This dramatic fracture in a large dog has been reduced stabilised with three pins and a splint. A fracture such as this would not have healed without surgery, as the ends of he fracture are too far apart. The dog is walking well at this time.


In large breed dogs,knee instability secondary to a torn anterior cruciate ligament can be addressed by altering the angle the top of the tibia forms with the shaft of the tibia. Lowering this angle means that the knee is stable as the dog weight bears on the leg…think about it as the difference between a cart on a slope and a cart on level ground…. the cart on the slope wants to roll down the hill, the cart on level ground is motionless!.

Rocky’s Broken Leg


Meet poor baby Rocky. After a rough start, Rocky came to Keysborough Veterinary Practice from the local shelter with a badly broken leg. His femur had fractured just above the knee, and in this position it was not going to heal in a splint or cast.


The only way this painful fracture had any chance to heal was with surgical stabilisation. Rocky had to have an anaesthetic to realign his bone fragments and have three intra-medullary pins and a ring of wire placed. This will stabilise the broken bone and give him the best chance of healing normally, with no long term health problems.

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We at Keysivet wish Rocky all the best in his recovery. He has been returned to the AAPS animal shelter waiting to start his new life. If you are interested in adopting Rocky, or would like to donate to the shelter, please give them a call on (03)9798-8415. His case number is #34428.