What to Do If Your Dog Has a Broken Toe

Broken toes aren’t just a problem for humans. In fact, they’re quite common in dogs, who have a habit of running and jumping around on pavement and rocky surfaces. A dog’s toe can be broken in several different ways — the most common being when the toe is caught under something heavy, like a table leg or chair.

Take your dog to the vet.

The first thing you should do is call your vet. Your veterinarian can give you advice and recommend a specialist, an X-ray facility, or other resources to help your dog.

If your dog’s toe needs surgery, they may need to be referred to a surgeon who specializes in animal orthopedic surgery. If the broken toe happens to be one of the dewclaws on the front of their paw (the smaller toes), it’s important not to leave it untreated because this area is where infection can set in quickly and lead to serious complications for your pup.

If your dog won’t allow you to touch his toe, don’t force it.

If your dog is in pain and won’t let you touch his toe, don’t force him. If your dog’s toes are broken, they may not be able to be manipulated into the correct position because they are swollen. If that’s the case, use a muzzle or gently hold your dog down while he’s sedated by a vet. Most small animals do not have large enough mouths to allow them to bite through skin without causing severe damage in the process.

If nothing else works and you must take your pet to the vet for treatment of a broken toe, make sure that you tell them what has happened so they can give you proper advice on handling the situation with caution while ensuring that they get all necessary medications and treatments required before releasing them back into their homes again–and hopefully there won’t be any other problems after this!

If you have a large dog, you may want another person to help restrain him.

If you don’t have a helper, try to get your dog to lie down on the floor. If your dog is very large and it is difficult for him to lie down on the floor, you may need to use a towel or blanket to gently wrap his leg so he can be comfortable. This can be done by wrapping the towel around his paw (or feet) and then holding it in place with some tape.

If you are alone and find that it’s too difficult for you to hold your pet by yourself, try getting another person nearby who is willing to help keep control of him.

Your veterinarian will determine the extent of the injury.

  • Your veterinarian will determine the extent of the injury. It’s important to look at your dog’s overall health when deciding whether or not surgery is necessary. The vet will also determine if your dog is able to walk after surgery, which could be a deciding factor in whether or not you go through with it.
  • It’s possible that you want to try a less invasive option first before going straight into surgery; many dogs can heal broken toes on their own. If you decide that surgery isn’t necessary, your vet may suggest an orthopedic boot for them to wear until their toe has healed so they don’t have any issues walking around on it (this usually takes about four weeks).

Assume that if one digit is injured, others may be as well, and so will other areas of the body such as ankles and hips

If your dog’s toe is injured, it is important to consider the possibility that other areas of the body may be injured as well. For example, if you suspect that your pet has a broken toe, you should also check for signs of injury in other areas of the body like ankles and hips. This is especially important because broken toes can cause pain and discomfort in other areas of the body as well. If an individual digit is injured, there may also be damage to tendons or ligaments at joints where multiple digits meet up with one another.


Hopefully, you’ll never see your dog break a bone or injure his body, but if it does happen, make sure you know what to do. You should also be aware of some of the symptoms so you can avoid serious injuries and get your dog the help he needs as soon as possible.