Post-traumatic complications in the distal limb of a Spitz dog. Evaluation and outcome of a physiatric approach

Metacarpal fractures in canine forelimbs generally occur as a consequence of trauma. Conservative or surgical approaches can be used to manage these fractures. Rehabilitation is used in Veterinary Medicine to promote the recovery of the musculoskeletal system, addressing both neurological and orthopaedic lesions. In this case report, we discuss the physiatric approach used to regain weight-bearing and mobility of the left forelimb in a 3 years old female Spitz dog with a delayed skin and bone union of multiple exposed fractures of metacarpal bones occurred as surgical complication after a road accident.

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  • Authors: 1 Lopedote M., 2 Bolzoni J., 2 Valentini S., 2 Spinella G.
  • Authors note: 1 Ambulatorio Veterinario Associato Therapy Pet, Monopoli (BA) | 2 Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche Veterinarie, Università di Bologna, Ozzano dell'Emilia (BO)
  • Year: 2020
  • Reference: Veterinaria Year 34, n. 1, February 2020
  • Pages: 35 - 40
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