1st Edition

Management of Small Animal Distal Limb Injuries

    414 Pages 201 Color & 239 B/W Illustrations
    by Teton NewMedia

    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.


    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


    Steven F. Swaim, Janet A. Welch, Robert L. Gilette