How to Treat a Dog's Broken Rib

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How to Treat a Dog's Broken Rib
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If you've ever owned a pet that's been injured, you know how hard it can be to deal with a pet that has an injury that you cannot actively fix yourself. Broken ribs are a major part of this. Here are a few tips, though, that will help you deal with your dog's pain at home.


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Step 1

The first thing you need to do with your dog is to transport the animal in the easiest manner possible. Make sure that you don't jostle the animal too much, but take them to the hospital as soon as you can.

Step 2

Often, if the dog as a broken bone, you want to muzzle them. However, broken ribs can restrict breathing, so you don't want to make it harder for your pet


Step 3

After your dog gets home, more often than not, you'll have suggestions on how to care for you dog. The best thing you can offer your pet, though, is rest. Make the dog comfortable and make sure you keep a close eye on your pet.

Step 4

If your dog doesn't seem to be healing so well, or if pain seems to be getting worse, take your animal back to the veterinarian.


Step 5

A broken rib is extremely dangerous for your pet, so don't leave this one up to self-diagnosis and treatment. Always, always take your pet to the vet, and this is certainly no exception.

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.


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