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Companion Animal Practice
Decision making in the treatment of pelvic fractures in small animals
  1. John Innes

    John Innes graduated from Liverpool in 1991. He gained the certificate in veterinary radiology in 1993 and is currently working for a PhD on osteoarthritis in the dog, based at Bristol veterinary school and Bristol Royal Infirmary.

  2. Steve Butterworth

    Steve Butterworth graduated from Cambridge in 1986 and is currently in private referral practice in Swansea. His interests cover most aspects of orthopaedics and spinal surgery, in particular the management of cases with fractures, intervertebral disc protrusions and cervical spondylopathy. He holds the certificate in veterinary radiology and the diploma in small animal orthopaedics and is an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics).


PELVIC fractures are usually the result of major trauma. In many cases there will be concomitant injuries to other tissues and this, together with the varied configuration of pelvic fractures, can present a challenge to the attending clinician. Careful patient management is a prerequisite for fracture assessment and treatment. Several factors will determine whether conservative or surgical management is appropriate. This article outlines a logical approach to the dog or cat presented with pelvic fractures.

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