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If your beloved pet has sustained a fracture, you need to know how to spot the problem, where to go for emergency treatment, what the various treatment options consist of and how to provide your pet with the necessary aftercare. Some fractures are not only extremely painful but can also lead to dangerous infections, so it's always safest to assume that your pet's fracture is an emergency until you know otherwise. Here at Animal Emergency Centre we are happy to provide emergency veterinarian care for broken bones.
Broken bones are certainly not uncommon occurrences among dogs, cats and other animals. Higher risk groups include boisterous puppies and kittens who haven't learned how to recognize and dodge potential threats, as well as senior pets who can't get out of harm's way in time due to arthritis, vision limitations, cognitive disorders or hearing loss. Toy dogs may also be at risk because of their relatively small, light bone structure. The most common sites for fractures include the spinal column, jawbone, pelvis and femur (upper leg bone).
Fractures can vary in form, symptoms and severity. An incomplete fracture does not break all the way through; this type of break may not require surgical repair, but it can also be harder for owners to recognize. A complete break through the bone may occur in one pieces of multiple pieces (a phenomenon known as a comminuted fracture). In an open fracture, the exposed bone end may actually penetrate the skin, creating an open wound that invites bacterial infection.
While open fractures are easy for pet owners to identify, other types of fractures may only become evident under examination by a skilled Los Angeles veterinarian. A limb that appears unnaturally bent swollen or foreshortened may well be fractured. Your pet may limp, cry or avoid using the affected limb at all. Any of these issues should be your signal to bring your pet to our emergency vet clinic. We maintain a five-vet team so you can rest assured that your pet always has access to a skilled, experienced veterinarian in Los Angeles or Studio City.
Our veterinarians in Studio City will perform a timely but thorough examination, using x-rays to evaluate the location, extent and severity of the fracture. Treatment of minor or incomplete fractures may involve applying a split or cast to immobile the injured area. In more serious cases we may need to realign the bones and fix them in place surgically via:
Call Animal Emergency Centre at (818) 760-3882 to learn more from a veterinarian in Studio City today!