Splints

We have just placed a splint on your pet. It should remain in place for the recommended time period. Certain complication may occurs during this time which may require prompt removal of the splint. We will decide at this time whether it is necessary to replace it. It is important to watch for these signs at home:

- Falling of the splint. The splint has been placed to minimize the tension applied to a surgical wound by excess movement or to minimize movement at the site of a facture. If the splint descends to much , it becomes inefficient and may become counterproductive because it may actually add excess weight on the lesion, thereby destabilizing it.

- Foul odor, discomfort or appearance of stains on the interior of the splint. These may indicate the presence of a hidden wound.

- Inflammation above or below the splint. Check the toes regularly and compare them with those of another leg. If they seem bigger, this may indicate that the splint is too tight.

It is imperative that you keep your pet at rest until the removal of the splint. If your pet is generally calm, you may keep him in a small room, making sure that he cannot climb any furniture. If this is not possible, it will be necessary to keep him in a cage at all times. You must avoid the use of stairs. These precautions help to minimize the descent of the splint. In addition, it is important to make sure that the splint remains clean and dry at all times.

Should you notice any of the above mentioned signs or have any doubts, contact us immediately. If you cannot consult us immediately, it is extremely important to keep your pet in a cage (is this is not already done) until your appointment.
If the splint was placed under general anesthesia, it is possible that your pet does not defecate for several days. This is frequent. Don't worry if your pet is doing well(alert and eat well) otherwise, stool production should soon return to normal.

You must make an appointment to remove the splint. This generally does not require general anesthesia. In the case of a fracture, we generally require a follow-up X-ray before removal to ensure adequate healing.

It is possible that your pet continues to limp following the splint removal. Given that he has not used his limb for some time, his muscles will be weakened. With time and exercise, the limping will stop. If the lameness persists or worsens, come back for a follow-up.