Case Report: Fractured Elbow

Millie, an adorable 7.7 pound three-month old female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, decided to be a “big girl” and jumped off the couch. Unfortunately, she fractured her elbow in the process.

Millie was brought to the Emergency Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia for immediate care. X-rays were taken and the elbow fracture was diagnosed. Millie was then transferred to the Surgical Division for the fracture repair.

Dr. Bradley performed surgery on Millie on July 31st. After aligning the fracture, he placed two crossing pins and a screw to hold the fracture in place while it heals. Millie does not need to wear a cast or bandage. She will not need to have the pins and screw removed once the fracture heals.

Millie will return in three weeks for a follow-up visit to ensure the fracture is healing well. Three weeks after that appointment Millie will come in for an x-ray to make sure that the fracture is completely healed. Once it is fully healed Millie will be able to return to being the playful pup she is. Hopefully, she will take it easy when jumping off the couch in the future.