Splinting a Dog's fractured leg or broken tail to prevent further injury before going to the Vet.

I am not a vet so I have to say to use this procedure at your own risk.  I’ve been told by veterinarians that this was a good idea when my dog was hit by a car.  We had a long drive to the vet on country roads and all that bumping and jarring would have caused him more pain if we broken leg or dog tail had not stabilized his broken leg and tail


By stabilizing the fracture or broken leg before you take your dog to the vet, can help to prevent additional damage to muscles, to the blood vessels, the sinews and the ligaments.

The broken bones and the torn ligaments are  traumatic injuries but common in the veterinary clinic, and the understanding of how quickly you stabilize a damaged leg or the tail can mean the difference between additional injury and a fast recovery.

The splints serve to immobilize the injury site. In the case of a broken bone, this can avoid the additional damage that could happen if the limb is swinging around instead of being stabilized.

The sharp edges of the bone at the site of the fracture can injure the surrounding tissue easily, like the blood vessels, the sinews, the ligaments and the muscles.   So the movement of reduction to the minimum diminishes the occasion of the additional damage.

In the case of other injuries, such as a torn ligament, splinting can avoid more damage to the leg  that is more painful and more difficult to repair.

In addition, a limb that is just  hanging can be more painful, so splinting they will limit the movement, and therefore reduce some of the pain. “When in the doubt, it is better to take some time to splint the injury before going to the office of the veterinarian.

DO NOT DO THIS IN PLACE OF GOING TO A VET.  If a vet does not correct the break or fracture you could be submitting your dog to tremendous pain and eventual gangrene and loss of leg and blood poisoning.

How to make a splint

Before splinting, it is important to understand that even the most gentle of dog, when in serious pain, might snap or try to bite you. Therefore, muzzling is recommended.

In the absence of a traditional muzzle, a fabric strip or the tape surrounded around the snout can help.

The exception is when there is the breathing difficulty or other face trauma that is on the nose or the snout; in these cases, a muzzle can aggravate the breathing.

In the situations where a muzzle cannot be used, a towel placed on the face can help to avoid injury to the dog while you provide first aid.

An arsenal of objects of the home can be used like small boards. A newspaper or a piece of strong card board can be placed around a section of the leg or the tail to prevent the movement.

A ruler or a pen can be used on small dogs.

When splinting, it is important not to realign the injury site, because this one can cause additional damage to the muscles, the sinews and the ligaments.

Place the leg on the board, card board or other splint and take gauze and wind it around the broken area.  Do not do this too tight or too loose that it falls off.

The small board must extend well beyond injury and in the case of a leg, the small board should  extend to an uninjured joint and a joint on the injury site.

In the case of a damaged toe, the splint should encase the whole foot, because the adjacent toes will limit the movement.

Consult your vet before you stabilize the dogs’ broken tail or leg.

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