Dr. Slovon  

 (410) 363-0393  


Veterinary Service

for the Quality Minded

Owings Mills
 Animal and Bird Hospital

   

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HOME CARE OF SPLINTS AND CASTS

Splints and casts are used to protect wounds for healing and to stabilize bone fractures holding them in proper position for healing. Proper care of splints is your responsibility. There will be additional charges for re-application for problems that arise beyond our control.

FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:   

  • Keep the splint clean and dry.
  • A plastic bag may be placed over the splint when the pet must go outside. Do not allow the  plastic bag to remain on the splint for long periods of time.  The splint must “breathe” to prevent skin problems under the splint.  
  • Notify the clinic and obtain a restraint collar if the pet excessively licks or chews at the splint.  
  • Report any loosening of the splint to the clinic.  
  • Do not attempt to repair the splint without our permission.  
  • Do not allow <animal> to go outside unattended.  
  • It is very easy for the splint to get hung in limbs, trash, etc.  
  • Watch the skin for “sores” from the splint rubbing the skin..
  • Sprinkle talcum powder of cornstarch on the area to keep dry and lubricated.  
  • Notify the clinic if any of the following occur.  
  • Any signs of discomfort.  
  • Foul odor from the splint.  
  • Unexplained soiling or drainage from the splint.  
  • Excessive chewing on the splint.  
  • “Sores” that don’t heal with talcum powder or cornstarch. 
  • Loss of appetite or severe depression.  
  • The splint becomes bent, broken, or loose.  
  • The splint slips down the leg out of the original position.  
  • The splint becomes wet, damaged, or soiled.  
  • REMEMBER:  Successful healing depends greatly on proper home care.



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