Dog Broken Bones
Broken or fractured bones are a very real possibility if your dog falls from a far height, jumps and lands awkwardly, or is hit by a car. Small breeds are at greater risk of breaking bones because their petite frame makes them more delicate, but injuries are possible during rough play or strenuous exercise no matter your dog’s size, age, or athletic ability.
If you think your dog has suffered a traumatic bone injury, seek emergency vet treatment at Germantown Vet Clinic. Just call 240-252-7467 to let us know you’re on your way!
How to Tell If Your Dog has a Broken Bone
If you’re outside playing with your dog when she’s injured, you may witness the fracture as it occurs. Sometimes though, your pet may be injured when you’re not around. Watch for any of these signs your dog has a broken bone and bring her to Germantown Vet without delay:
- Grinding or popping sound when the injury occurs
- Abnormal limb movement
- Tender limb
- Holding the injured limb off the ground
- Inability to walk
- Whining in pain
What to Do If Your Dog Breaks a Bone
In addition to outward signs of broken bones in dogs, there could be other critical internal issues, such as bleeding or organ damage. Don’t delay proper care when your dog is injured this way!
- Muzzle the dog, if necessary, to protect against aggressive behavior common with severe injuries.
- Slide a clean towel under the broken limb. If your dog has broken her back, lift her onto a flat board without bending her spine.
- If part of the broken bone is visible through the skin, cover the exposed area with clean gauze, a bandage, or a dish towel. Don’t apply any creams or ointments to the injury.
- If the break is “closed,” skip the gauze and simply splint the broken limb with a rolled-up magazine or newspaper. Immobilizing the area with a splint helps prevent damage to nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. Never attempt to splint a broken back. If your dog complains of worse pain, don’t force the splint, and never attempt to reset the bone.
- Support the broken limb in the clean towel, lift your dog into the car with the help of a second person, and transport the animal to Germantown Vet.
We first stabilize your dog and make sure all her vital signs look good. The treatment path we take depends on the type of broken bone your dog has. A splint or cast may be all your dog needs to heal. However, surgery may be required to install metal fixation devices on the broken bone. We’ll advise you on the best treatment method for your dog’s situation.
How to Avoid Broken Bones in Dogs
As with rambunctious children, it’s impossible to prevent all injuries in highly active dogs. However, these steps can help prevent some of the worst injuries, including broken bones:
- Keep your dog on a leash so she can’t run into the street.
- Inspect your dog’s outdoor play area to ensure a safe, level ground to play on.
- Change your dog’s diet to decrease phosphorus and Vitamin A intake, and increase calcium.
- Bring your dog to Germantown Vet for regular health screenings to catch instances of weak bones, bone cancer, and other health problems that increase the risk of bone fractures.
Germantown Vet Diagnoses & Treats Broken Bones in Dogs
When you have an emergency, come to Germantown Vet Clinic for comprehensive treatment of broken bones in dogs. Call us at 240-252-7467 to let us know you’re coming.