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Management of Small Animal Distal Limb Injuries

1st Edition

By Steven F. Swaim, Janet A. Welch, Robert L. Gillette

Teton NewMedia

414 pages | 201 Color Illus. | 239 B/W Illus.

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Small Animal Distal Limb Injuries provide the small and mixed animal practitioner with a definitive but practical, step-by-step guide to the management of soft tissue, orthopedic and athletic injuries of the distal limbs in dogs and cats.

Includes specific coverage of injuries that occur from the carpal/tarsal areas to the digits of dogs and cats. All wounds and injuries are covered and all commonly performed management and bandaging techniques are presented as step-by-step black and white line drawings supplemented by before and after photographs. Regional anatomy is presented for orientation. The work is intended to consolidate, in a single volume, all of the applied clinical information needed for the effective management of distal limb injuries and their reconstruction. This book contains medical and surgical guide lines which are not currently available in the veterinary literature. It spans four important areas of small animal practice (wound healing, bandaging, orthopedic trauma and injuries to muscles, ligaments and tendons) which are of general interest to every practitioner. It contains up to date information regarding applicable drugs and is heavily illustrated. All three authors are very well known to the veterinary community and active on the meeting circuit.

Of great use to undergraduate veterinary students in the latter years of study and to postgraduate students, as well as all small animal and mixed animal practitioners, trainers and others involved with athletic or working dogs.

Table of Contents


Part One: Soft Tissue Injuries

Chapter 1: Initial Management of Contaminated and Infected Wounds

Preliminary Procedures

Debridement and Lavage

Wound closure Assessment

Topical Agents

Antibiotics and Antibacteriels

Wound Stimulants

Tripeptide Copper Complex

Other Topical Agents

Chapter 2: Bandages, Splints and Slings

Polyurethane Foam Sponges


Collagen matrix

Nonadherent semiocclusive Pads

Adhesive Tape Stirrups

Tertiary Bandage Layer

Waterproof Adhesive Tape

Elastic Adhesive Tape-Pressure Bandage

Padding Materials

Foam Sponge Padding

Stockinette Padding

Specialty Appliances

Metal Splints

Carpal Flexion Splint

Velpeau Sling

Robinson Sling

Chapter 3: Carpal-Metacarpal/Tarsal-Metatarsal Wounds

Primary Wound Closure

Secondary Wound Closure

Peripheral Nerve Injury and Repair

Wounds With Apposed Edges – No Tension

Wounds With Apposable Edges – Tension

Various Shaped Wounds

Wounds Over The Carpus And Tarsus – Extension Surfaces

Wounds With Non Apposable Edges – Potential For Apposition And Relief of Tenstion Related


Wounds With No Potential For Apposition

Wounds With Exposed Bones And Joints

Chapter 4: Paw Wounds

Palmar/Plantar Pad Wounds – Pad Surface

Deep Abrasion Partial Avulsions And Deep Burns: Bandaging And Splinting

Pad Punctures

Metacarpal/Metatarsal Pad Loss

Pad Replacement – Phalangeal Fillet

Feline Pouch Flap

Carpal Pad – Single and Bipedicle Advancement Flaps

Pad Grafts

Feline Mesh Grafts

Superficial Interdigital (Web) Lacerations

Deep Interdigital Lacerations

Digit Orthopedic Wounds

Chapter 5: Specific Wounds – Snakebite and Psychogenic Dermatoses

Snake Bite Wounds

Psychogenic Dermatoses


Chapter 6: Onychectomy, Deep Digital, Flexor Tenectomy and Digit Amputation


Feline Deep Digital Flexor Tenectomy

Dewclaw Amputation

Digit Amputation

Part Two: Orthopedic Injuries

Chapter 7: Orthopedic Injuries of the Tarsal Area


Ligament and Tendon Injuries

Sprain Injury

Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Rupture of Both Short and Long Medial and Lateral

Collateral Ligaments

Diagnosis and Treatment of the Short Lateral Collateral Ligaments of the Tarsus

Tarsal Shearing Wounds Treated by Oen Wound Healing, Prosthetic Imbrication and Esternal


Severe Tarsal Shearing Wounds Treated by Early Arthrodesis Using External Fixation

Severe Tarsal Shearing Wounds Treated by Delayed Arthrodesis Using Bone Plating

Plantar Intertarsal Subluxation and Luxation

Dorsal Intertarsal Subluxation

Luxation of the Base of the Talus

Tarsometatarsal Joint Subluxation

Talocalcaneal Luxation

Sprain Injury

Injury to the Common Calcaneal Tendon

Rupture or Laceration of the Common Calcaneal Tendon

Avulsion of the Gastrocnemious Tendon Insertion

Chronic Calcaneal Tendonitis

Gastrocnemious Tears at the Musculotendinous Junction Rupture of the Gastrocnemious


Luxation of the Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon

Transarticular External Fixation of the Tarsus

Malleolar Fractures

Distal Tibial Physeal Fractures

Fractures of the Tarsal Bones

Talus Fractures

Chapter 8: Orthopedic Injuries of the Carpal Area


Hyperextension Injury

Collateral Ligament Instability of the Antebrachiocarpal Joint

Luxation of the Antebrachiocarpal (Radiocarpal) Joint

Milddle Carpal Subluxation

Distal Fractures of the Radius and Ulna

Distal Radial and Ulnar Fractures: Non-cominuted and Closed

Distal Radial and Ulnar Fractures: Cominuted and Open

Angular Limb Deformities

Radial Carpal Bone Fractures

Radial Carpal Bone Luxation

Accessory Carpal Bone Fractures

Soft Tissue Injury Related to the Accessory Carpal Bone

Chapter 9: Orthopedic Injuries to the Metatarsal, Metacarpal and Phalangeal Areas


Metacarpal and Metatarsal Fractures

Phalangeal Fractures

Ligamentous Injuries of the Phalanges

Sesamoid Fragmentation

Part Three: Atheletic and Working Dog Injuries

Chapter 10: Athletic and Working Dog Injuries

Skin Injuries

Bruised Nails

Avulsed Nails

Pad Injuries


Muscle Injuries

Interosseous Myositis or Muscle Strain

Inter osseous Muscle Tears or Ruptures

Synovial Injuries

Acute Carpal Synovitis

Chronic Carpal Synovitis

Toe Dislocations

Tendon Injuries

Palmar or Plantar Lacerations

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / Food Animal