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Dog With Broken Leg Symtpoms and Xray Cost

Updated on July 21, 2011

Does My Dog Have a Broken Leg or a Sprain

It is extremely stressful when you suspect that your dog may have broken or sprained a leg. Of course, the yelping and howls of pain can break your heart as a pet owner. If your dog is able to still walk or run even if with a limp, then they probably just have a sprain and he or she will heal just fine. Just keep an eye on it, swelling is to be expected but if the symptoms get worse I would take him or her to the vet. You still can call the vet if you suspect a sprain, they will tell you over the phone what to do for your specific breed of dog. The symptoms of a broken leg are not being able to walk on it, or is he/she does they will fall down. You can also usually see the bone that is broke, even if it's not sticking out of the skin you can usually tell by the condition of the leg. If you are with your dog when it happens you will usually hear the popping of the bone breaking.

broken back leg on a dog

Cost for the Vet to Fix a Broken Dog Leg

When you take your dog to the vet they will examine the condition of the leg and determine how severe it is. Generally, you can expected to spend anywhere between a couple hundred dollars to $1,000 dollars. They will have to take an X-ray to be able to know exactly how bad the leg is broken and that alone is around $200, that doesn't include the charge for the vet examination and anything else they may do for your dog.

broken dog leg

What a Vet Uses to Determine Cost of Fixing a Broken Leg

There are several different things that contribute to the cost of getting your dogs broken leg fixed. Some of which include the age of your dog, Whether it is the back or the front leg that is injured. Other factors are the type of break as well as the angle of the break, and whether or not there is any bone exposed.

X-ray of Broken Bone on Dogs Leg

The Three Options a Vet Will do to a Dogs Broken Leg

There are a few different things that a vet will do, most of the time they put a cast on the leg to hold it into place and heal the same as healing a human broken leg. The other option is surgery, this is only done when a leg is severely mangled and in cases where the bone is not able to be repaired and the leg restored. The final option is amputation, in most cases this is an option when there are health risks that would be to stressful on the dogto put him/her under anesthesia.

Broken Leg With Cast on it


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      maria 4 years ago

      My 2months old pit has jumped out off my arms it was a high jump I think he fell of his belly n his paw he yelped for a second but he can walk and run aboud but it looks like his leg is going to brake when he walkes its abit sowllen do you think he broke his front leg

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      mrs.short 4 years ago

      my puppy fall out one of my friends arms and it was high jump.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Italy

      It sounds like it very well could be broken. Especially being your dog won't put any weight on the leg.

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      kendijo1127 5 years ago

      My dogs got in fight they were tearing each other up so my boyfriend wrestled them to the ground now the dog that was on top just under my bf can't or won't put weight on his leg but he has a 1 inch laceration on his shoulder I have no money n its nite time only emergency vets opened do u think his leg is broken?

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Italy

      It sounds like she may have strained or pulled a muscle. If it is broken she will not walk on it at all. Usually there will be some sort of disfigurement to whatever is broken.

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      ayla2013 5 years ago

      My yorkie dachshund cross jumped awkwardly from mums couch earlier. She let out terrible yelping and couldn't put one of her hind paws down. I felt down her leg and she only yelpd when squeezed hind muscle area. Shes sleeping at minute and has eaten a chew., my hubby reluctant to arrange urgent vet, but im very worried. Do u think shes likely to have broken anything?,

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      Wolfman 5 years ago

      my dog sprained his left front paw. X-ray and wrap and some meds $585.00

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      tanya 5 years ago

      thank you so much, this article put me at ease. thank you again.

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      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      Thank you for your advice and comment.

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      thebluearatus 6 years ago

      its a good article but adding a little more information would definitely do justice to your initiative. Love your presentation.

      Looking forward to more of your works