How To Splint A Dog’s Leg

leg braces for dogs

Unfortunately, a pet can suffer from some of the same injuries that a human can, this includes breaking or fracturing their leg. Luckily, the pet can also be aided in the same way that a human can. Yes, a pet can even have a splint placed on their leg. Here is how to do this.

  1. The first thing that must be done is assessing the injury. It may be hard to tell if the leg is broken from the outside. If the bone is penetrating the skin, this is obviously a clear indicator that it is. If the dog is severely limping, even if it turns out that the leg is not broken, it is best to apply a splint to avoid further injury.

  1. The next thing to do is to gather the necessary items. Several rolls of cotton bandages will be needed, plus a roll of zinc oxide tape. You will also need an adhesive bandage, wood or a something stiff to be used as the splint itself and a pair of scissors to cut the tape.

  1. Cut about five or six pieces of the zinc oxide tape from the roll. The length of the tape should be approximately twice the length of the bone being worked upon. Place the splint against the padding. Secure the splint into place against the leg of the dog. Make sure it lines up properly and also make sure the padding is securely in place to avoid the wood pressing into the leg of the dog.

  1. The next step is to wrap the leg of the dog with the cotton bandage. The leg should be "mummified" with the cotton bandage. Next, do the same thing with the adhesive bandage. This ensures that the entirety of the wrap will be held in place.

  1. After this, it will be safe to transport the dog to the veterinarian. The vet will be able to unwrap the dog's leg safely and recommend proper leg braces for dogs so the dog will be in comfort until it's leg can heal.