TIME TO CHANGE PET'S SPLINT
Our records indicate that it is time to change your pet's splint.
External fixators, or splints, are commonly applied used to allow healing of a long bone fracture in a dog or cat. Since pets can't speak, they can't tell us if their splint is causing a pressure sore, dermatitis, or loss of circulation. Therefore, it is critically important to frequently change the splint, to allow a visual assessment of the health of the splinted leg. In addition, follow-up xrays are best taken without a splint in the way. The usual splint changing interval is 1-2 weeks, depending on the age of the pet, the type and location of the splint, and how well the pet is tolerating the splint. In addition, if the pet chews the splint or the splint gets wet or shows a discharge coming through the wrapping, it must be changed IMMEDIATELY.