Steps to Take After Your Pet Has Broken a Bone

Dog Injured — Pet Care in Fresno, CA
No matter how careful you are with your pets, accidents can happen. It’s important to know what to do if your furry friend should happen to break a bone.

How Do You Know a Bone Is Broken? 

Unless the bone is actually sticking out or the limb is at a strange angle, it’s difficult to know if a leg is broken or sprained. Among the possible indications are limping, swelling, whimpering or other unusual noises, not putting any weight on the limb, loss of appetite and restricted activity.

Confirming the Diagnosis

If your pet can put a bit of weight on the limb, it may just be sprained and you can wait a day and see if it improves. If in doubt, you will need to transport the animal to your veterinarian so that X-rays can be taken.

Transporting an Injured Pet

You’ll want to immobilize the affected limb as much as possible, such as with a towel. Carry the animal and, if possible, have someone else drives so you can support your pet. Be aware that injured pets may bite their owners no matter how calm they normally are.
It is always frustrating when pets seem sick or injured, since they can’t tell you what’s wrong or how it happened. For more information on what to do if your pet has a broken bone, contact Fresno Pet ER.