Can You Fix It?

Almost all fractures and other orthopedic injuries have a surgical and/or management solution and most have several possible acceptable treatments. Particularly with respect to fracture repair, it is exceedingly unlikely that a situation could be presented that is not potentially repairable, no matter how bad it may appear. We will always be willing to review x-rays and medical records and render an opinion as to treatment options at no charge. If you have questions of this nature, please don’t hesitate to contact the hospital.

Minimally Invasive Fracture Repair

Espanola Animal Hospital has made major investments in equipment and training to make minimally invasive orthopedic surgery a reality for our patients.  Minimally Invasive Osteosynthesis (MIO) has been the standard of care in human medicine for about 30 years but is unfortunately in its infancy in veterinary surgery.  These powerful techniques allow us to perform better, faster and far less traumatic surgery.  In most cases, we are now able to repair fractures and dislocations through incisions as small as a few millimetres!  Our fluoroscope, arthroscope and numerous other pieces of equipment and implants allow us to wield this awesome power.  Whenever it is possible to provide MIO, this will be performed automatically at no extra charge.

How Much Will It Cost?

Unfortunately, orthopedic surgery is fairly expensive. Fracture repair in our hospital can usually range between $1500 – $3000 + HST, depending on the type of fracture and size of the animal. Work-up, routine aftercare, medications and therapy laser treatments are usually included. Please note that post-op x-rays requested after discharge are not included in the cost of treatment but are usually relatively inexpensive.

We accept debit, Visa, Mastercard and cash. We regret that we do not accept personal cheques nor do we provide payment plans or allow charging. Financing can be arranged through Medicard or numerous other financial service providers. Payment is required prior to discharge, which in most cases is the day after surgery. Complete discharge instructions, including medications, physiotherapy, laser treatment appointments etc are provided at discharge as well.

The Give Me A Bone! Foundation

The Give Me A Bone! Foundation was founded in 2014 to give dogs and cats facing euthanasia or amputation for orthopedic traumas and injuries a chance at a normal, healthy life.

Every year in our area, a large number of orthopedic traumas occur, mostly in the form of dogs hit-by-car. Obviously due to our orthopedic service, these cases are of special concern to Espanola Animal Hospital. Unfortunately, a large number of these animals are either euthanized or amputated due to their injuries. We frequently receive calls from other Veterinarians for quote for fracture repair and shortly after receive a follow-up message that the animal was euthanized instead. In approximately 85% of these cases, the dog or cat is under one year of age. In response to this problem, we launched a foundation to accept the surrender of these animals so their injuries can be treated.

The program works by giving Veterinarians in the area the option to offer surrender to the owner via one of the numerous area shelters and rescue groups. We then treat the animal at cost and permanently re-home them. Obviously as the surrender is permanent, the animal is not available for adoption to the previous owner or their friends and family. Participating shelters include the OSPCA Sudbury branch, Sudbury and District Humane Society, Pet Save Sudbury, Pet Save Manitoulin, SAINTS, and Pets Need Love 2.

In order to avoid imposing large financial burdens on our shelters with these cases, the foundation covers a large portion of the treatment costs. Due to the very large financial expense and the intense nature of providing care for these cases, we are always extremely grateful to accept donations of time and money to help keep the foundation operating. We are always happy to accept foster care providers into the program and provide the necessary training to enable them to care properly for these special pets.