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How Can I Help My Dog That Can’t Walk and Might Have a Broken Leg?


Dear VetBabble,

I recently had an unfortunate incident where my dog was hit by a car. She’s now lying on the couch, not crying or moving, but it looks like her leg might be broken. She can’t walk, and I’m not sure what to do. Can you provide any guidance on how to help her during this difficult time?

Understanding Your Dog’s Injury and Providing Immediate Care

It’s heartbreaking to see our pets in pain, and crucial to act quickly in such situations. The first thing to remember is that a potential fracture can be quite painful and puts your dog at risk for infection. Ideally, you should get her to a local veterinarian or ER vet as soon as possible. You might find our article on Why Is My Dog Limping? When to Worry and What to Do helpful in understanding various causes and levels of severity in limping.

If you are unable to take her to the vet immediately, you can try bandaging the area as best you can and giving her plenty of rest. Limit her to short, leash walks outside for potty breaks and avoid over-the-counter pain medication, as these can cause severe damage to her kidneys and liver without proper veterinary supervision. Our article on Basic First Aid for Dogs offers some valuable guidance in providing primary care for your dog.

Comforting Your Injured Dog and Ensuring Proper Healing

While waiting for professional help, make your dog’s environment as comfortable as possible. Provide her with warm towels and soft bedding, which will help alleviate some of her pain. In addition, you may need to bring her food and water, as she might not be able to move much due to the injured limb. Our article on How to Treat your Dog’s Wounds at Home offers useful tips on looking after your dog’s injuries before they receive professional care.

It’s also essential to pay attention to any potential complications that your dog might develop, such as a broken nail. If this happens, you should follow our guide on How to Prevent and Treat a Broken Nail on a Dog to ensure she doesn’t experience unnecessary pain or further complications.

Seeking Veterinary Treatment and Post-Injury Care

Once you’ve done your part in providing immediate care, it is crucial to take your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet can provide a proper evaluation, appropriate pain relief, and plan for your dog’s treatment. This may involve stabilizing her leg if it is indeed fractured, or considering alternative therapies such as surgery or physical therapy if necessary.

Keep in mind that your dog’s healing process may take time. It’s vital to follow your veterinarian’s advice in terms of post-injury care and monitor your dog for any signs of discomfort. Furthermore, working closely with your vet will ensure the best outcome for your dog’s recovery.

In conclusion, stay calm and focused during this challenging time for your pet. Follow the advice on providing immediate care, comfort, and appropriate healing conditions for your dog, and make sure to seek professional veterinary treatment promptly. By doing so, you’ll help your beloved pet regain her health and happiness in the shortest time possible.

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