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Comparison and assessment of casting materials for use in small animals
  1. S. J. Langley-Hobbs, BVetMed, CertSAO, MRCVS1,
  2. R. H. Abercromby, BVMS, CertSAO, MRCVS2 and
  3. M. J. Pead, PhD, BVet Med, CertSAO, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
  2. 2 Ridgway Referrals, 47 The Ridgway, Flitwick, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK45 IDJ


This paper describes an investigation to evaluate the properties and uses of the different casting materials available for small animals. After a consideration of the properties that make an ‘ideal cast’, clinically relevant tests were performed on tubular casts of the various products. No single product demonstrated consistent superiority by all the criteria. All the products tested can be useful in a variety of situations, and suggestions for their uses are set out.

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