Posted : 2/17/2009 10:00:44 AM
It depends on how the ribs are broken and how many. You are correct people break ribs all the time and do fine, but if you have a flail chest where several ribs are broken in multiple places the chance of dying from that injury is very high. Often the complications of that type of injury are not immediate but later, with respiratory failure after blossoming of contusions or pneumonias.
Hum.. well I think I would take my chances before making my mind up to do something so drastic if all signs point to good health so far. I wish your friends dog the healthiest recovery.
FYI, it's a rather horrible way to die, I would imagine a vet wouldn't make that recomendation lightly.
ottoluv, According to the OP this dog seems fine, no pain, eating and going to the bathroom - this dog isn't suffering, so why would you choose now to PTS? I would not put down a dog who appears, for now, to be handling broken ribs with no complications. IF things changed then so would my opinion.