How To Treat Your Dog For Bone Or Joint Injuries

How To Treat Your Dog For Bone Or Joint Injuries


Any number of things can result in a bone or joint injury in your dog. As with humans, a simple trip or fall may result in a painful injury. Sprains affect the ligaments holding joints together and strains affect the muscles and tendons. We also know that we need to be aware of possibility that our dogs may be involved in something more serious, such as a road traffic accident, falling from a height or even running into something. An accident can occur at any time it could be the family pet out on a walk, working dogs and gun dogs or at an agility class.

Signs that your dog has been injured:

  • Crying
  • Limping
  • Heat in the affected area
  • Pain and/or swelling around the affected area
  • In the case of a fracture limbs may be at different angles
  • Possible open wounds / bleeding

Treatment for sprains / strains:

  1. Rest
  2. Apply a cold compress for 10 – 20 minutes
  3. If there is no improvement within 24hrs take your dog to the vets

Treatment for fractures:

  1. Minimise the dogs movement
  2. Control any bleeding
  3. Support the weight of the dog if it needs to be moved
  4. NEVER attempt to reset a broken or fractured bone
  5. You can help to assist the dog with a sling made from a coat / blanket / scarf
  6. Take to the vets immediately

Treatment for spinal injuries:

  1. DO NOT attempt to move the dog unless the airway is compressed
  2. Move the dog either onto a hard stretcher or sling (coat / blanket / sheet)
  3. Take to the vets immediately

Make sure that you are prepared for any situation with our Emergency First Aid Kit for Dogs. It is suitable for pets, working dogs, gun dogs and agility training. Of course we believe it is the best dog first aid kit in the UK and you should never be without it.

Emergency First Aid Kit For Dogs


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