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My Dog Has a Front Leg Fracture. What Should I Do?

My Dog Has a Front Leg Fracture. What Should I Do?

It can be very frightening if your dog has fractured their front leg. Most likely it was an accident while out walking or exercising. 

The first and most important step is to take your dog immediately to the vet. If the accident has happened at the weekend, make sure you take your dog to the out-of-hours service. Acting quickly with a broken leg is paramount. It is likely your vet will either perform the surgery themself or refer you to a special orthopedic centre.

The vet will most likely perform surgery. After your dog comes home, you will need a strict management plan to make sure your dog makes a full recovery.

In terms of dog leg braces, your dog will likely be in a cast for six weeks, or for as long as your vet recommends. Once the cast is off it is a good idea to still give the leg strong support.

Braces for a front leg fracture

  • When the cast first comes off your dog, use a rigid splint to immobilise your dogs leg
  • Use a strong leg wrap once the rigid splint has finished. You can use this leg wrap for many months after the splint to make sure your dog has the best recovery, Use it when you take your dog out for walks or when it is exercising

Look at front leg splints and supports here: 

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