Pet Broken Bones
Your pet is precious to you, so you do everything you can to keep him out of harm’s way. If he manages to fall from a high area, plays too roughly, has a confrontation with another animal, or is hit by a car, your pet could break a bone. Fortunately, this traumatic injury is fully treatable at Germantown Veterinary Clinic.
How to Tell If Your Pet Has a Broken Bone
Witnessing a traumatic accident or bad fall may be all you need to know your pet has broken a bone. However, if you don’t witness the injury firsthand, watch for these signs of pet broken bones:
- Grinding or popping sound when the injury occurs
- Crying, growling, or whining in pain, especially when touched
- Abnormal limb movement
- Holding the injured limb off the ground
- Swollen or bruised limb
- Inability to walk
- Shock and disorientation
What to Do If Your Pet Breaks a Bone
The traumatic event that caused your pet to break a bone may have resulted in other critical internal injuries, such as bleeding or organ damage. For this reason, you can’t delay proper care when your pet has a broken bone!
The sole purpose of home treatment is to stabilize your pet until you arrive at Germantown Vet. Remember, the animal may be overly aggressive because of the pain, so protect yourself by muzzling the animal and/or gently holding him down with the help of another person.
To stabilize an animal with a broken bone:
- Slide a clean towel under the broken limb.
- Cover any areas where bone as broken through the skin with clean gauze or a towel. Don’t apply any creams or ointments to the injury.
- Immobilize the broken limb with a rolled-up magazine or newspaper as a makeshift splint. However, never attempt to splint a broken back.
- Wrap a small animal in a thick towel or place a large animal on a flat board. Load your pet into the car, and come straight to Germantown Vet.
We first stabilize the animal and check vital signs. After taking X-rays to diagnose the fracture, the treatment we recommend depends on the type and severity of the break. A splint or cast may be all that’s necessary. However, surgery may be required to realign the bone and install metal fixation devices. We’ll advise the best treatment for your pet’s situation.
How to Avoid Broken Bones in Pets
Playful animals like to jump, run, and play. Rambunctious behavior certainly contributes to an increased risk of broken bones, but you can lower that risk with these tips:
- Keep cats inside to prevent collisions with cars and confrontations with other animals.
- Keep dogs on leashes so they can’t run into the street.
- Pay attention to where your cat likes to explore in your home and restrict access to particularly precarious or dangerous places.
- Inspect your dog’s outdoor play space to ensure safe, level ground.
- Bring your pet to Germantown Vet for regular health screenings to catch bones infections, bone cancer, and a poor diet that could increase the risk of bone fractures.
Germantown Vet Diagnoses & Treats Broken Bones in Pets
When your pet breaks a bone, come to Germantown Vet Clinic for diagnosis and treatment of the injury. We treat broken bones in pets and any other ailment your pet might have. To schedule an appointment or to let us know about your pet emergency, please call 240-252-7467.