Broken Bones

Emergency Veterinarian Care for Broken Bones in Studio City, CA

Dachshund wearing a cast and funnel for a broken bone in Studio City

If your beloved pet has sustained a fracture, you need to know how to spot the problem, where to go for emergency treatment, what the various treatment options consist of and how to provide your pet with the necessary aftercare. Some fractures are not only extremely painful but can also lead to dangerous infections, so it's always safest to assume that your pet's fracture is an emergency until you know otherwise. Here at Animal Emergency Centre we are happy to provide emergency veterinarian care for broken bones.

Broken bones are certainly not uncommon occurrences among dogs, cats and other animals. Higher risk groups include boisterous puppies and kittens who haven't learned how to recognize and dodge potential threats, as well as senior pets who can't get out of harm's way in time due to arthritis, vision limitations, cognitive disorders or hearing loss. Toy dogs may also be at risk because of their relatively small, light bone structure. The most common sites for fractures include the spinal column, jawbone, pelvis and femur (upper leg bone).

Bring Your Pet to Our Emergency Vet Clinic

Fractures can vary in form, symptoms and severity. An incomplete fracture does not break all the way through; this type of break may not require surgical repair, but it can also be harder for owners to recognize. A complete break through the bone may occur in one pieces of multiple pieces (a phenomenon known as a comminuted fracture). In an open fracture, the exposed bone end may actually penetrate the skin, creating an open wound that invites bacterial infection.

While open fractures are easy for pet owners to identify, other types of fractures may only become evident under examination by a skilled Los Angeles veterinarian. A limb that appears unnaturally bent  swollen or foreshortened may well be fractured. Your pet may limp, cry or avoid using the affected limb at all. Any of these issues should be your signal to bring your pet to our emergency vet clinic. We maintain a five-vet team so you can rest assured that your pet always has access to a skilled, experienced veterinarian in Los Angeles or Studio City.

What to Expect from Animal Emergency Centre

Our veterinarians in Studio City will perform a timely but thorough examination, using x-rays to evaluate the location, extent and severity of the fracture. Treatment of minor or incomplete fractures may involve applying a split or cast to immobile the injured area. In more serious cases we may need to realign the bones and fix them in place surgically via:

  • External fixation - Rods along the outside of the injury site are surgically attached to the body with pins, which are then removed after healing is complete.
  • Internal fixation - Metal plates and screws secure the fracture from within, and remain inside the body for life.

Call Animal Emergency Centre at (818) 760-3882 to learn more from a veterinarian in Studio City today!


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Sammers is an 11 year old, Black, Domestic Short Hair Cat. His owner noticed that Sammers was pacing, walking around in circles at home and crying out in pain.

    "I would like to thank all of the staff who helped with Sammer's UTI. He was miserable, and you guys made him better. I cannot thank you enough for helping him. It is great to have a place to go when all the other vet clinics are closed.""
    Roxanne & "Sammers"- June 2012
  • "Kahlua is a very special service dog. He was brought in by his owner when she noticed that Kahlua was acting very painful and didn't want to jump. After a thorough exam Kahlua went home with some pain meds. Kahlua's mom stopped by our Facebook page to send us a note on his progress.

    "Just wanted to thank Dr. Cavanaugh, straight from the heart for seeing our Kahlua and putting our worries to rest. It was hilarious trying to get him to take his Tramadol.... cheese would not work but the Chunky Skippy did the trick. WE THINK YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!! So thank you, straight from the heart.""
    Michelle & "Kahula" - July 2012