Jan 09 2018

Patient story – Alfie

This gorgeous cat is Alfie. He came to see us last year after injuring his front left leg. X-rays showed that he had a fracture near to his wrist joint. In young pets like Alfie there are ‘gaps’ in the bones called growth plates. These close over when the animal finishes growing. Alfie had fractured his radius and ulna across their growth plates, giving the appearance that the main portions of the bone have separated from the wrist joint.

Fortunately, John, an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in surgery is readily able to fix this type of injury.  The parts of the bone above and below the growth plates had to be realigned, and then two metal pins (less than 1mm in diameter) were used to fix the larger bits of the radius in place.  This is a fiddly procedure, given the size of the bones and pins involved! Alfie was walking well the day after the operation, but had to be patient and cage rested until the fracture had fully healed.

Alfie was a fantastic patient, and enjoyed lots of cuddles during his visits with us!

Laura Mather MRCVS, Vet at Greenbay Vets in Torquay and Paignton

greenbayvets | Greenbay Vet News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Pet Health Library

Greenbay Vets is pleased to provide a library of professionally written articles updated by veterinary experts.

Greenbay Vets Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Company No: 9023357

Pet Health Checker

Use our Pet Health Checker tool to help you decide if your pet's symptoms require immediate attention.

Registered office Greenbay Veterinary Surgery, 34 Walnut Road, Torquay, TQ2 6HS

Make an Appointment

We are happy to book an appointment for you! Quickly and easily schedule an appointment time that is convenient for you and your pet.