A 10-year-old intact male collie had been hit by a car. The treating veterinarian diagnosed fractures of the left tibia and fibula and recommended surgical repair. The client declined surgical treatment due to cost and elected conservative treatment consisting of splint application and weekly clinic visits to monitor healing and change/adjust the splint. After initial treatment, the client did not follow up at the clinic as instructed, and changed the splint at home. Upon return to the clinic 4 weeks later, the client reported that skin wounds and swelling of the limb had occurred “quite a while ago” and persisted. The patient had been exhibiting non-weight–bearing lameness of the left hind limb even with the splint in place.