We want our dogs to be safe all the time but we can’t stop them from being dogs. They play rough, they explore, they run, they tumble and they sometimes have accidents.
Bones can break. Hopefully it won’t happen to your dog, but if it ever does, you'll want to get to a vet as soon as possible without risking more damage.
- Young bones;
- Calcium deficiency;
- Breeds with tiny bones;
- Inherent defects;
- Disease (cancer).
Signs or symptoms:
- Cries out in pain when moving;
- Unusual movement of limb;
- Refusal to walk;
- Aggressive behavior when touched in a certain area.
Types of fractures:
- Hairline fracture: the bone is partially split and is considered the least damaging unless left untreated.
- Closed fracture: the bone is completely split in two but does not go through the skin.
- Open fracture: the bone is split in two and breaks through the skin.
Handling a dog with a broken limb:
If you suspect your dog has a broken limb, first off it’s a good idea to muzzle him as the pain can cause an otherwise docile dog to lash out. Do not try to manipulate or reset the bone, you can make it worse. Use a straight firm object as a splint. Tie the limb securely to it but not too tight.
If the skin is broken cover it with a gauze or towel. Do not use ointment of any kind.
If a broken back is suspected you must secure the dog on to a flat board or surface with as little movement as possible. Do not try to bend the dogs back in any way.
Transport to a vet immediately.
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