As the main veterinary referral hospital in Dublin, at NOAH (North Dublin Orthopaedic Animal Hospital) we see many cases of fractures and fracture repair complications that took place at other clinics.

Most fractures can be repaired such as nonunion, malunion or osteomyeltis fractures.

Fracture repair in small animals can range from plate, to pins or external fixators. At NOAH we have all the different types of plates (inc locking), and the power drills (Synthes) to insert them.

We often use external fixators including ring or Ilizarov fixators to repair fractures of the long bones of the extremities. Locking pins can also be a useful implant in some fractures.

Fractures can occur in many ways, and so there are terms associated with the type of fracture that might occur.   For example, salter is a type of fracture that occurs through the growth plate of the bone, located at the top or bottom of a long bone such as the femur or tibia. These are usually problematic in immature animals that are still growing. As we reach adulthood this part of bone hardens. Salter fractures can interrupt both normal bone growth, and can influence repair.