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Maxpin posted:
my puppy has a broken forearm. It's a clean break with good approximation. I asked a Vet to treat it with a splint. She expressed concern about the probability of infection, and recommended getting pins put in by an ortho specialist. I think an open wound penetrating the bone marrow is far more susceptible to infection than a bandaged-up closed fracture. I've seen severe complications in humans leading to permanent neuritis. The Vet still says any dirt getting under the bandage of the splint is just as dangerous as on a pin insertion site. I think she's wrong and just trying to upsell a costly specialty procedure.

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Which poses a higher risk of infection ?
  • water-proof bandage on intact skin
  • porous bandage on pin penetrating to the bone marrow
  • porous bandage with water-proof wrapper on intact skin
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rohvannyn responded:
I can see your point there. If the skin is intact and the leg is able to be set,with no internal bleeders etc, then I'd agree that a splint is best. I'm curious to see what a vet has to say.