Long Bone Fractures

Fracture to the long bones of the legs are common in cats and dogs.

Since they are normally associated with trauma, it is important to check for other injuries that might be present and which may complicate treatment.


Long bone fractures need stabilising in order to heal. This may involve an external splint or cast in the case of some fractures below the elbow or stifle joints (knee), but for anything above those joints and for many of those below that level, this is not enough, and some form of internal fixation will be necessary.

There are a variety of options available for treating fractured bones. Sometimes we use pins inserted inside the bone, encircling wires around bone fragments, screws, external fixator frames or orthopaedic plates and screws.

Suitable candidates

Patients with fractured limbs that are otherwise stable

Time involved in clinic

Fractured patients are normally kept in the clinic for a few days after surgery to monitor them and ensure they can perform bodily functions well enough to manage at home.

After care

All limb fractures will require an extended period of rest to allow the bone to heal properly. Casts must always be kept dry at all times.

There may also be some physical therapy that you will be asked to perform, or referral to a veterinary physiotherapist.

How to book

Give reception a ring on 09 238 7486 to discuss transfer of your patient to our clinic for assessment and treatment. You may be asked to bring any clinical notes, xrays images, and medications with you when you come.