Hold your dog as still as possible on the trip to the vet to avoid aggravating or worsening the injury.
Dogs are energetic animals that often run, jump and play, especially when they are younger. However, this energy can sometimes result in injuries if the dog jumps too far or gets its legs tangled in something while running. A leg injury may be as minor as a muscle strain or as major as a compound fracture. If your dog injures its leg, it is important to immobilize the leg until you can get your dog to the veterinarian for an examination.
Place a muzzle on your dog to ensure that it does not bite you. Even if your dog is typically well-mannered, an injury can make it irritable.
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Roll up a newspaper or wrap a stick in a towel or cloth. Use a newspaper roll or a stick that extends beyond the injured area on both sides to create immobility.
Lay the newspaper or stick gently along the injured leg. Try not to reposition the leg; movement could make the injury worse.
Use surgical tape or strips of cloth to secure the newspaper or stick in place on your dog's leg. Secure it tightly enough to stay in place but not so tight that it puts pressure on the leg.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.