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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 have  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 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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