A year-old dog was hit by an automobile vehicle. Limping on the left hind leg. After emergency stabilization at CGS hospital, radiographs revealed a Salter-Harris type 2 fracture of the distal left femur. Cross pinning under gaseous general anesthesia was done to stabilize the fracture. Pet has recovered well and is able to use the affected limb.
Salter-Harris type 2 fractures are fractures where a corner of the metaphysical bone is fractured with a displacement of the epiphysis from the metaphysic at the growth plate. It is common in young animals. Early identification and timely reduction and stabilization of the fracture, along with careful monitoring are extremely important for a successful outcome.