We have now started to use Polydioxanone (PDS) to stabilise symphyseal fractures in cats. We use 4 metric PDS passed under the mandible and around the canines in a figure of 8.
In uncomplicated fractures, we have found this to be really effective and the fracture will heal within four to six weeks. If, like me, you have ever had trouble removing the wire at this time (see video below for example of a traditional wiring method), this technique may well be for you – not to mention the cat will not need further anaesthesia.
Video: Avulsion fracture of the lower lip and the mandibular symphysis in a cat. Source, YouTube.