Pet Fractures (Broken Legs)

June 16th, 2015

Signs

Pain, not using a limb, limb looks bent or swollen.

 

Actions

If your pet has a fractured limb, it is important to first muzzle your pet or have someone restrain the head. Check the limb for open wounds or bleeding. If excessive bleeding, wrap the area with a towel or other available material while trying not to move the limb.

DO NOT pull on the limb in an attempt to align the fracture, such action can result in further injury and increased bleeding. Stabilize the limb as best as possible (carry your pet if possible) and seek professional help immediately.

DO NOT give any pain medications to your pet (some are toxic to animals) unless instructed to do so by a veterinarian. Avoid wrapping the leg, as it is easy to impede blood circulation.

 

Dealing with a pet emergency can be frightening. Knowing the signs of common pet emergencies such as fractures and what you can do to alleviate your pet’s pain is an important safety precaution to take.

Of course, whenever your pet is showing serious signs of a health issue your first step is to contact your primary care veterinarian or an emergency veterinary hospital. If it is indicated that your pet may suffer from a serious condition, a veterinary specialist or emergency clinician is available at an ExpertVet certified hospital.