Dog and Puppy First Aid: Fractures

Please note: Information in this post is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always consult your veterinarian in an emergency.

What to Do

  • Muzzle and or cover the head of the pet.
  • Open fractures should be dressed with a wet dressing applied over the opening and bone.
  • If possible, the limb should be immobilized with a splint to prevent further injury.  – Any splint should extend past at least one joint above and one joint below the fracture site.
  • Carefully transport him to a veterinarian


What NOT to Do 

  • If the splint is difficult to apply or the animal objects, do not attempt splinting.
  • Never attempt to set or reduce a fracture or try to push a protruding bone back into position.
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB is one of the founders of Wag Enabled (originally Why Does My Dog). Aly has a certificate in applied animal behavior through the University of Washington and is a certified veterinary assistant and AKC Evaluator. She aims to provide an unbiased perspective on dog training by providing practical, intelligent, and caring advice for people to impart on their canine companions