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Just like humans, our pets will experience accidents, such as trips or falls. It’s not uncommon, especially if you have a very active dog or cat. Unfortunately, on occasion, if your pet has an accident this can lead to bruising, dislocations or even a fracture of a bone. When a pet has a fracture they will need veterinary assistance and often surgery.

Every week Animal Trust operates on patients with fractures, helping patients both young and old. Recently, Winnie, a three-month-old Cavalier King Charles Bichon Frise crossbreed was brought by her owner, Mrs Trveitt, to Animal Trust, Dewsbury after she was yelping in pain following a fall while running around at home. After being examined during a free consultation by Vet, Matt Green, Winnie went on to have x-rays which confirmed she had a fractured elbow.

Commenting on the case, Matt said; ‘’It’s not uncommon for us to see cases like Winnie’s. Puppies are very active and will always want to explore. The procedure to repair the fracture in Winnie was more complex given she is so small, but I’m so pleased with how well she has recovered,’’

Matt continues; ‘’While owners can’t always have eyes on their pet, they can be aware of the various signs and symptoms which may indicate that their pet has a fracture. The most common signs will be the animal limping or not wanting to place pressure on the joint, swelling of the area and the pet yelping or whining. We offer free consultations to everyone so if an owner is worried about any unusual signs I’d urge them to come and see us as soon as possible.’’

Winnie’s owner Mrs Trveitt said; ‘’I can’t thank the team at Animal Trust enough for the love, care and attention they have given to Winnie, I was so worried when she had her accident but Matt explained everything so clearly and we were given update phone calls while Winnie was in their care, which helped keep my mind at rest.’’

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