Certain basic principles apply to fracture care, whether it is a simple break or a complicated fracture
requiring sophisticated surgery and equipment.
- placing the broken ends together.
- fastening the fragments in place.
- keeping the parts motionless during the healing period.
To help your veterinarians employ these principles and to achieve a satisfactory result, you must
conscientiously follow home care and management instructions.
NOTIFY THE VETERINARIAN IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OCCURS:
Keep your pet away from dirt, piles of trash, rubbish, wet grass, puddles and damp ground. Onrainy days, protest splints or casts with plastic bags under socks (or similar). Remove when indoors.Moisture underneath a bandage or cast causes sores, infection and intense itching. At very worst,osteomyelitis and amputation may follow.
Isolate your pet from hazards such as throw rugs, slippery floors and stairs. If absolute rest isnecessary, then confine to an area no greater than 2 metres x 3 metres (6ft x 9ft). A 10-minute walkon a lead twice daily is adequate for bowel movements. Cats need a dirt tray (changed often).Remember all attempts at healing can be ruined by an animal being allowed sudden freedom to runand jump. Sedatives are available if necessary.
Remove objects or projections on which splints and casts may get entangled.
Follow-up visits are required regularly to check the cast/bandage. Swellings, discharge or unpleasant odours should be investigated immediately.
As individual aftercare varies, it is very hard to quote for this – it is proportional to the amount ofveterinary attention required. Please feel free to discuss this with the veterinarian.
1. The cast or splint becomes wet, damaged or soiled.
2. Your pet chews away part of the cast or splint.
3. The pin, wire or splint is bent, broken or loose.
4. Your pet seems uncomfortable.
5. You notice bad odour from cast or fracture site.
6. The cast slips down on the limb.
SUCCESSFUL FRACTURE HEALING DEPENDS GREATLY ON HOME CARE. PERMANENT PAIN,
LAMENESS AND DEFORMITY CAN RESULT IF HOME CARE IS NOT ADEQUATE.
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