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what is the treatment of spiral fractures in dogs

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puppy fell on concrete
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Deborah replied 10 years ago.


Spiral fractures are described as crossing a bone at an oblique angle, creating a spiral pattern. This break usually occurs in the long bones (legs) The goal of treatment is to control the pain, promote healing, prevent complications, and restore normal use of the fractured area.

The most important factor in healing a fracture is that your dog stays quiet for the time frame your vet has mentioned. In some cases this means six to twelve weeks. In order for bone healing to occur, the fracture sites need to be in contact with one another and not move to facilitate proper healing.

Im many cases, after treating a a fracture, the dog wants to play, schaisng a squirrel, cat or other dog and the fracture doesn't mend properly. You can take your dog for a short walk on a leash, but I do not recommend unsupervised playing but no playing in or outside. If you need to leave the house, your dog be crated.

Treating fractures in dogs is comparable to human treatment.

The vet may opt for:

Closed reduction with external fixation such as a cast or splint.

Open reduction without internal fixation, with reduction maintained in a cast or splint. Sometimes surgical intervention requires the use of pins or clamps to fixate the bone into position to afford proper healing.


X-ray image of spiral fracture

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