Dogs handle broken legs better than you might think
The resiliency of dog and cats will always be amazing to me. Before we started Krabi Animal Welfare it was actually very common to see a dog with a clearly mangled leg that just kind of "gets on with life" and didn't just wallow in self pity and then starve to death in a corner somewhere. These amazing animals find a way to carry on by simply not walking on the limb and being careful whenever they get up or sit down. They really are pretty fantastic about survival and I think there is a certain level of sympathy that exists in "dog language" because these dogs that are clearly at a disadvantage wouldn't be picked on by the other, healthier dogs in their communities.
Once we got a bit of resources we started to help out some of these dogs with broken limbs even though at times I don't think the dogs even understood what we were doing with them.
At least in urban areas, of which Krabi kind of is, the injured dogs tend to become more familiar with interaction with humans because there is a certain amount of preferential treatment that is shown towards a dog that is clearly injured. The dogs are accustomed to people approaching them with food and therefore they don't react violently. So this old doggo was actually quite easy to transport and when we arrived at the clinic it just did what it was told and allowed people to handle it.
Despite the friendly demeanor, it is still very important to approach them with a bit of hesitation and care. If you cause the dog pain, it is going to assume that you are the cause of that pain and lash out at you. Even an injured dog can be very dangerous - even an advanced age dog like this one.
I don't think that he ever knew what was going on, but he did like the safe place to lie down and as well as the guaranteed food while he was in our care. We were careful to not put him around other dogs unattended but some of the calmer dogs in our care were allowed to come and say hello, but only one-on-one.
Many times those cones of shame are put on dogs to prevent them from chewing off the cast but in this situation this guy was so calm that it wasn't necessary. He allowed us to handle him and was fully healed after a certain amount of time. His spirits seemed to get picked up when after time he started to realize that he could put weight on the leg that had been broken for so long. Thankfully the vets were able to re-set the bone and it healed pretty well. We do not know how long the bone was broken for, so this floof-ball might have just gotten accustomed to only have 3 legs.
These days when we see him he is still hanging out at the market that he was in when we found him the first time and he is a bit of a doggy celebrity there. All of the vendors give him scraps of food and they even built a makeshift shelter for him to sleep in at night and on rainy days. Obviously an actual home would be better but given the situation in Thailand I think we have to take what we can get. We are always happen when the community pitches in to help as much as they can because there is such a large number of stray dogs that our shelters were totally full several years ago and because of various regulations and Covid problems, international adoptions are almost completely non-existent.
This story does have a happy ending though and I don't know if he appreciates it or not, but this particular fur-buddy is happily walking around on all 4 legs to this day.
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