One of the scariest things we will face as pet owners is an emergency. We can’t always plan for emergencies, but we can be prepared! A broken leg is one of these situations that requires urgent veterinary care. At Edmonton West Animal Hospital, we are fully equipped to deal with broken legs and other kind of fractures in cats and dogs, and our experienced veterinarians can provide the comfort and peace of mind you’ll be looking for if this happens to your pet. If your pet is limping or painful, and you suspect a broken leg, give our clinic a call to book your pet in for a consultation today!
Fractured legs come in a variety of forms, and have an assortment of causes. No matter how the leg was broken and what type of fracture it is, your pet should be seen as soon as possible. The sooner you can bring your pet to see a veterinarian, the easier it will be to minimize complications. Broken legs are very painful, and your vet will be able to ease the pain quickly and efficiently. Because there are so many different causes and types of fractures, there are also a variety of different repair techniques. Most commonly we see hairline, compound, multiple piece, or growth plate fractures. Depending on the type of fracture your pet has, there are different repair techniques our orthopedic-trained surgeons can utilize to stabilize the broken bones. With each technique, the goal is to align the broken ends of the bone and secure them, so that healing can take place. Some fractures can be stabilized with a splint and left to heal on their own (external stabilization), whereas others require surgical intervention and internal fixation using plates, screws, or pins. To determine this, x-rays are often needed in order to evaluate the extent of the damage, and assess treatment options.
The healing process for a broken leg is variable; it depends on the type of fracture, the stabilization technique, and the age of your pet. Generally, younger animals tend to heal quicker than older animals, but most pets need months of rest and rehabilitation until they are fully recovered. We provide complete veterinary care from start to finish, from the time your pet first comes into our clinic until the time they are back to full function. You will receive complete instructions for the rehabilitation of your pet’s broken leg, and we are open 365 days a year with extended hours for your convenience in case you run into any obstacles, confusion, or concerns with your pet’s recovery.
We offer consultations and surgeries with our veterinarian who will examine your pet, and determine the best course of action for you and your furry friend. We will be able to provide you with a complete estimate up front, and will include everything you need for surgery, including follow-up care. There are no surprises or hidden costs, as we strive to provide accurate and budget-friendly solutions to your pet’s predicament. The cost of a broken leg may be daunting, but we offer competitive, economical prices along with different financing opportunities that fit your budget. Visit our payment options page to find out more information.