Juno’s story – humeral condylar fracture

Black Cocker Spaniel puppy

On a recent visit to the wards at our orthopaedics and neurology practice, colleagues passing by in the corridor whispered “have you come to see Juno? You must visit Juno!”, “Are you looking for Juno, she’s just gone outside with Auxiliary Melissa”…

Well, how could we not visit this dear little puppy and share her story.

Three-month-old Cocker Spaniel Juno had arrived earlier that day, as an emergency referral with a left humeral condylar fracture, after a plank of wood accidentally fell on her at home. She was admitted by Surgical Resident Dr Núria Comas, who discussed in the consultation the planned procedure with Juno’s dad.

Pictured here being carried outside to the grass for a comfort break before her surgery with Rotating Auxiliary Melissa, Juno was soon taken into the prep room where Registered Veterinary Nurse Ella sedated her in preparation for anaesthesia to be induced.

Black Cocker Spaniel puppy outside with ward auxiliary

Juno pictured with Auxiliary Melissa.

Black Cocker Spaniel puppy sedated with nurse

Juno with Nurse Ella, being prepared for surgery.


Senior Clinician Dr Mario Coppola, with the help of Surgical Resident Dr Marius Stordalen and Surgical Intern Dr Dominique Palper, performed the left lateral humeral condylar fracture repair surgery, stabilising it with a 3.5mm titanium screw, a 0.9mm k-wire and plate.

Pre and post-operative radiographs

Pre and post-operative radiographs of Juno’s humeral condylar fracture.


Juno recovered well from surgery and was as good as gold resting in her kennel.

Black Cocker Spaniel puppy in cone with ward auxiliary

Juno being comforted in her kennel by Ward Auxiliary Jordan.

Being a young puppy it’s important for her wellbeing to be back home in her familiar surroundings as soon as possible, so we were pleased that 29 hours after admission with great teamwork, she was well enough and ready to return home.


Six weeks later, Juno’s little fan club at the practice were very happy to see her back for her recheck examination and x-rays. We’re pleased to report that her elbow is making a good recovery, with no signs of lameness and normal, pain-free range of motion.

Black Cocker Spaniel Juno with Veterinary Auxiliary

Four-month-old Juno having cuddles with Prep Auxiliary Emily, at her 6-week recheck.

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