Fracture Stabilization in dogs and cats

Fracture Repair

Fractured bones in canines and felines can most commonly be attributed to an injury or accident.

Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, there are a variety of techniques used to repair broken bones in animals. The technique required to stabilize the bone and promote healing will ultimately be determined by a board certified veterinary orthopedic surgeon. If your pet is visiting us for a potential fracture repair, please bring any radiographs that may have been taken prior to your appointment at Azzore.

After reviewing radiographs and consulting with you about your pet’s injury, fracture stabilization can be performed using IM pins and wires, bone plates, external fixator side bars, or a combination of these techniques.

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Radiograph demonstrating wire stabilization of humeral condylar fractures in 6.5# dog.

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Radiograph and photo of fracture stabilization using external fixator side bars on an 8-month, 75-pound Labrador retriever.

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Plated radius/ulna fracture stabilization in a 10-pound Italian Greyhound.

There are a variety of factors considered when determining what type of stabilization method is used to repair a fracture, including age of the pet, the type and location of the fracture, and the level of aftercare that the client is able to provide. Ultimately, the decision is based on the method that will give the best possible prognosis for return to full use and range of motion.