I have 4 male Welsh Harlequins, all about 4 months old. I have one of those large 6'X2' round tanks you get at Tractor Supply for their "pond" and a ramp for them to get in and out. Last Saturday (Halloween) I accidentally startled them while they were swimming and they all flew out. One of them hit the ground wrong and broke his leg. I called the vet who met me at his clinic. He put Pudge under anesthesia so we could examine him and confirmed (by feel) that he had broken his femur, way up on his leg. Since there is no way to really splint since it's not the lower leg, he suggested euthanizing him (actually he said "let's put him in the pot and cook him" and also "now you know where the expression "dead duck" comes from"), so I told him to screw himself and took my duck to the car (the wife paid this jerk). Anyway, I separated him from the flock and got him his own pool (little 40gal) and I keep him in it as much as possible, hoping to keep pressure off the leg. He still gets out of his little pool occasionally though, and when he does I pick him up and put him back in the water.
I called every vet in town and the only one that was any help at all told me it might be possible to surgically put a pin in his leg. It is really breaking my heart to see him like this, but I don't know what to do. Should I make some sort of sling and keep him suspended, has anyone ever heard of putting a pin in, do I keep doing what I'm doing? I go out there right after I get home from work and hand-feed him worms.....nothing wrong with his appetite! Should I make sure he can't get out of his water?
Edited by OwnedByHarlequins - 11/7/10 at 1:23am