Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Pelvis: fracture

Contributor(s): Laura Owen, Rob Pettitt

Introduction

  • Cause: fractures of the canine pelvis occur as a result of major trauma, usually a road traffic accident.
  • Signs: dogs may present as non-ambulatory, dragging their hindlimbs or with an acute onset hindlimb lameness.
  • Fractures are divided into:
    • Sacroiliac luxations.
    • Ilial shaft fractures.
    • Acetabular fractures.
    • Pelvic floor fractures.
    • Fractures of the pelvic margin (ilial wing and ischial tuberosity).
  • Treatment: surgery is generally advised for fractures involving the weight-bearing axis, patients with neurological injury or those with significant pelvic narrowing or pain. Patients with fractures outside of these categories are usually treated conservatively with cage rest and analgesia.
  • Prognosis: when managed appropriately the prognosis for pelvic fractures is generally fair-good.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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