What to Do When Your Dog Breaks a Leg

So you’ve come home from work one day and found your dog on the living room floor, whimpering in pain. You get closer and see that it appears to have broken a leg. You rush to its side, comforting it while gently lifting up its leg to inspect the injury. What do you do now? It can be overwhelming to find yourself faced with an injured dog, but by following these steps, you can effectively handle a broken bone while keeping your pup as calm as possible until you can take him or her in for proper treatment:

Keep ice on the injury.

The first thing you should do is to keep the injured leg elevated. This will help reduce swelling and pain and prevent further damage by reducing blood flow to the affected area.

To do this, lay your dog down and place a pillow under its tailbone so that it’s lying on its back with its legs hanging over the edge of the couch or bed. You can also use a crate or small box to raise up one leg at a time. If possible, have someone else hold onto your pup while you are doing this (or get them used to being held beforehand).

Then, wrap something soft around his leg just above where it was broken before securing it in place with an ace bandage—try using gauze first for extra protection against any possible rubbing from other materials like clothing that could cause irritation or further injury if left uncovered for too long!

Keep your dog calm and comfortable.

  • Give them a treat to help them feel better.
  • Let them play with their favorite toy or chew on something otherwise safe for them to gnaw on, like a bone or antler.
  • Spend time playing with your dog in short bursts, stopping before they start to get tired out too much. This will help distract them from their injury and give you an opportunity to check in on the status of their leg by moving it gently from side-to-side (if the leg is broken) or up-and-down (if it’s just injured). If there’s no improvement after several minutes of this activity, contact your veterinarian immediately!

Prevent your dog from licking at the break.

To keep your dog from licking at the break, you can use a cone or a muzzle. Wrap the cone around his neck and secure it with tape so that he can’t remove it. The cone will help prevent him from licking at his injury, which can lead to infection.

If you don’t have access to a cone or if your dog won’t tolerate one, you can use a muzzle instead. A muzzle will prevent him from biting himself and should keep him from licking at his injury as well—however, it may be difficult for your pet to orient himself while wearing one because he won’t be able to see much of what’s going on around him!

Use gauze soaked in hydrogen peroxide to clean out any wounds and disinfect them.

If there are wounds, use gauze soaked in hydrogen peroxide to clean out any wounds and disinfect them. You can also use a cloth dipped in water or saline solution for this purpose.

In addition to cleaning the wound, you should also make sure that you check its temperature. If the area feels hot to the touch, it could be infected—in which case you’ll need to take your dog to a vet ASAP.

Take note of swelling or changes in skin color around the break.

Swelling is a sign of inflammation, which could be caused by an infection. If you see changes in skin color around the break such as redness or discoloration, this could be a sign of an infection. The dog may also develop fluid buildup in his chest area, which can lead to shock and/or heart failure. Changes in skin color are also seen with blood clots that occur after a break has been set correctly by your vet – this happens when there are no broken bones near the site of injury (e.g., fibula).

Make an emergency appointment with your dog’s vet or an emergency veterinarian.

If you’re worried about your dog’s comfort and safety, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your veterinarian or an emergency animal hospital. If you’re worried about the cost of treatment, don’t worry! Vets are accustomed to dealing with emergencies and will work with you on a payment schedule that will make sure that all of your dog’s needs are taken care of while still being affordable for your family.

Take deep breaths and remember that most dogs heal well from broken bones with proper care and treatment!

You may be feeling anxious, but your pooch is probably feeling much worse. Dogs can experience a lot of pain from breaks and dislocations, so it’s important to keep them calm during the recovery process.

  • Keep your dog quiet and still until you can get him to the vet for treatment. If he tries to walk around or even stand up, try applying pressure gently over the break with a towel or bandage until the bleeding stops.
  • Place a thick blanket on top of his crate so he has something soft to lie on while he’s in there recovering from his injury. You might also want some sort of padding underneath the crate so it doesn’t hurt him when he walks across it (this will likely be necessary if there are screws or pins holding his bone together).
  • Feeding times should be moved earlier or later than normal so as not to cause unnecessary stress on your dog’s leg; otherwise, make sure that any food bowls are elevated off the ground slightly so they’re not touching his leg at all times during meals! This prevents licking at injured areas which could lead too serious problems down the line like infection because licking heals wounds faster than anything else does.”


Remember, if your dog has broken their leg, you should always seek the advice of a vet before attempting any home remedies. It’s also important to take care when assessing a broken bone as bone breaks may puncture through skin and cause serious injury to both you and your dog. With all of this in mind, it’s still important to know what steps can be taken to help manage the situation until your dog receives medical attention.