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A bone fracture in a beloved pet can be a frightening, traumatizing experience. But there's no need for panic when you have Blue Valley Animal Hospital to provide expert Overland Park pet fracture treatment.
The two basic categories of bone fracture are open or "compound" (with the broken bone penetrating the skin) and closed. But there are also several variations, each of which may require a different approach to treatment:
Compound fractures pose an extra threat because they create an open wound in the skin. This exposes the bone ends and soft tissues to possible bacterial infections.
Whatever type of bone fracture your pet has sustained, treat it as a veterinary emergency -- but don't try to treat the injury yourself by setting the bones or sterilizing the wound. Simply apply pressure to stop out-of-control bleeding, wrap the injury in a clean cloth and bring your pet to our clinic for Overland Park pet fracture treatment. Dr. Spain or Dr. Gardner will take x-rays and then recommend the proper course of care.
The exact treatment we prescribe will depend on the severity and type of the fracture. A small incomplete fracture may need only a cast or splint. A complete or comminuted fracture is more likely to need internal fixation surgery. In this procedure, we set the bones back into position and install special plates and screws to hold them firmly in place while they heal. This hardware is left in the patient and generally does not need to be removed unless they develop a reaction or draining tract from the plate and screws.
In the most severe cases, where a limb has been crushed or has sustained multiple complex fractures, we may need to consider the option of amputation. This prospect may be understandably troubling to owners, but most pets adapt to it quite well, demonstrating good mobility and enjoying a high quality of life.
Our Overland Park animal hospital is standing by to help your pet through the pain and panic of a bone fracture. Contact Blue Valley Animal Hospital at 913-681-2818 for instructions and reassurance whenever trouble strikes!
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