Your Dog Broke a Bone – Now What?
Accidents happen, even to the best pet parents! It’s important to be well-prepared to recognize the symptoms of a broken limb, and be aware of treatments, situations, and costs that may arise.
How can I recognize a broken bone?
Broken bones manifest as lumps or bumps on a dog’s joint that are swollen and painful to the touch. The animal may refuse to lay or put pressure on the limb, or excessively lick it. Limping or limited mobility are also indicators of a broken bone.
What treatment is provided for this type of injury?
The type of break determines the handling of the injury. Splints, casts, pins, steel plates, and screws are all potential treatments of a broken bone. The age of the dog is also taken into account; older and younger animals have weaker bones and are more prone to fractures. An X-ray will be taken to confirm the break. Depending on several factors, surgery may also be an option for more severe breaks.
How much do these treatments cost?
It varies, depending on the severity of the break. Some minor fractures don’t require any treatment besides rest; others, like compound fractures, may involve surgery and steel plates inserted into the animal’s limb. Generally, the cost of a dog’s broken bone runs from $200 to $1000 and up.
Can I prevent broken bones?
Most of the time, yes! Car accidents are a major cause of broken bones in dogs; by keeping your pet leashed or inside, you can easily prevent any traffic-related injuries. Bone cancer, or osteosarcoma, can also be a cause of broken bones. Feeding your pet a healthy, nutritious diet can ward off cancer and also prevent bone breaks due to malnutrition.
How do I transport a dog with a broken bone?
In an emergency, it’s important to know the right steps to follow in order to protect your pet’s health.
- Call your local veterinarian or animal hospital and describe the injury. This prepares them for your arrival, and they may also require you to perform minor first aid.
- Try to stabilize the limb by wrapping it loosely in a towel. Be careful – hurt animals sometimes lash out, even at their owners! Most emergency experts recommend muzzling your dog before attempting any care.
- If possible, have someone help you move the animal into the car. Lift the animal onto a blanket and lift the corners of the blanket, moving the dog as little as possible.
- Again, if possible, have someone else drive, and try to keep the animal stationary and calm it down until you reach the vet clinic or hospital.
Even the most diligent and careful pet owners can have something happen to your pet. Part of being a responsible pet owner is knowing what to do in an emergency situation. The treatments and costs that follow an injury like a broken bone are also important knowledge for a pet owner. Keep yourself educated in order to provide a healthy life for both you and your pet!
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