Fractures

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It is not always obvious to know if your dog has broken a bone when they injure their leg, but they will hold the leg up, they won't be able to weight bar on it if it is broken. It could also be down to swelling or just pain that they are holding that leg up. But it is always safe to assume that the worst case scenario has happened and that maybe they have fractured their leg. In this case, there is not a lot you can do on the first aid front, but what you do want to try and do is immobilise the area that they fractured. As I said, if it is a leg, they are likely to hold that leg up and if it is only one leg affected, then it is actually safe to let them carry on and walk on three legs. In a larger dog, it is not really possible to carry them. In a very small dog, if they are quite uncomfortable with that leg, and you can carry them without putting pressure and causing more pain, then it would be a good idea to do so. It always comes back to the first rule of first aid which is do not make the situation worse. So, look at it, see what you can do, see what is going to be the easiest way to get your dog back to the car or to the vets, and do that as safely and as quickly as you can. If there are fractures anywhere else on the body, you cannot be 100% sure that the bone is broken, but if you assume that that is the worst case scenario then you are not going to be doing any damage by trying to immobilise where you feel that there may be a fracture site. So other areas apart from the leg that they may have damaged, it could have a fractured tail, you could have a fractured jaw, you could have a fractured rib. You just have to look at how it has happened, what was the dog doing prior to being uncomfortable, and figure out where that fracture site may be. Wherever the fracture site is immobilise and get to the vets as soon as you can.