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Cassio Ferrigno

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Amy Kapatkin

General Editor

Noel Moens

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Nonsurgical fracture management

1. Principles

A cylinder cast is used to immobilize the tibia. For the cast to be effective, the stifle and tarsal joint must be totally immobilized.

The illustration shows which area the cast should cover.

Note: Alternatives to a cylinder cast are a bivalve cast or a modified Robert Jones bandage with an adequate splinting device.

nonsurgical fracture management

It is important to maintain normal standing angles of flexion/extension in both the stifle and the tarsal joints.

Use the standing angle of the normal limb if possible. If both limbs are injured, use an angle that best fits the cat standards.

2. Nonsurgical fracture management

To achieve fracture healing, cage rest and the use of Elizabethan collar are advisable in cats treated non-surgically.

The cast or splint must be monitored weekly. Bandages with splints should be changed every week. Casts should be monitored to make sure they are dry and not too tight or loose. Improper casts or bandages can cause complications leading to loss of a limb.

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