Free skin grafting for treatment of distal limb skin defects in cats

R. Shahar*, M. H. Shamir, D. M. Brehm, D. E. Johnston

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The technique and results of free skin grafts have been described in dogs, horses, rabbits, goats and mice. The procedure in cats is, however, described only indirectly in papers relating to dogs. A standard technique has been developed by the authors for use in cats, and is reported for 17 grafts in 16 cats with traumatic injury to the legs resulting in large areas of skin loss. This paper describes the preparation of the wound for grafting, the harvesting of the graft, graft placement, postoperative care and the results of the application of this technique. The success rate in this series of cases was high. This was attributed to proper preparation of the recipient site, collection of the graft and postoperative bandaging. The results suggest that the success rate of free skin grafts in cats is considerably higher than that achieved by the present authors in dogs, and reported for dogs by other surgeons in the literature.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)378-382
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1999


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