My dog has a broken leg but I can’t afford vet bills, what should I do? This is the frustrating situation that many pet owners find themselves in. If you need to arrange treatment for your pet then you’ll probably know that costs can be quite high.
How much does a dog’s broken leg cost?
The cost for fixing a simple dog’s broken leg is around $600, however, in severe cases such as a dislocated leg or hip, a broken femur requiring complex surgery could be upwards of $2000.
The cost of vet bills for any treatment depends upon the following factors:
- The severity of the injury
- Required treatment
- Length of hospital stay
- Supportive therapies ie physio or hydrotherapy
My dog has a broken leg and I can’t afford to fix it
One of the biggest concerns facing pet owners is whether or not they can afford the cost of surgery, and how they will come up with the money to pay for it.
1. Reach out to your veterinarian
The first thing that you need to do is contact the veterinarian’s office where your dog’s procedure will take place. Many clinics offer payment plans to their patients who are having trouble paying for their services.
2. Check out local charities and organizations to see if they offer help with vet bills
Many local charities have funds that can be used to help pay for pet care. Contact your local animal charity to see if they can help out with the costs of veterinary treatment.
3. Start a Go-Fund-Me page
GoFundMe is a great place to raise money if your dog has an injury because it’s free and easy to set up a page. All you need is a computer and an internet connection, and then you can start accepting donations from friends, family members, and even complete strangers who love dogs as much as you do!
4. Ask your friends and family for help
If your dog doesn’t have health insurance, one of the best places to start looking for help is with people who love her. They might be able to help you raise the money or give you some financial advice that can help you deal with this kind of situation.
Set up an account on GoFundMe or another similar site. Post about your campaign on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Let everyone know how much money you need, why you need it, and when you plan on using this money once the fundraising is over. If possible, create a video explaining your story so people can see how they can help out.
Can a dog’s broken leg heal without surgery?
If the fracture is small and the bones have not been displaced, the injury may be able to heal without the need for surgery.
A vet will ensure any open wounds are cleaned, the dog will receive a dose of antibiotics to prevent infection and a cast will be fitted to the fractured leg.
To ensure the bones heal properly, the dog will be restricted to short lead walks for 4 weeks until the fracture has healed. The vet will need to see the dog for a check-up and a set of x-rays to be certain the injury is healing correctly.
Can a dog walk on a broken leg?
If you have ever broken a bone, you will know that it is incredibly painful. When a dog has a broken leg, it will not be able to bear weight on the leg. Most likely, they will hold their injured leg off the ground.
If they have no choice but to walk on the broken leg, they will have a very pronounced limp and will whimper due to the pain.
A hairline fracture is not as painful as a complete break or an open fracture, but the dog will still have a noticeable limp when they walk.
How can I ease my dog’s leg pain?
Stick to the schedule of pain medication your veterinarian prescribed. This will help to manage the worst of the pain and make your dog more comfortable.
Do not use over-the-counter human medications as dogs do not metabolize the ingredients the same way we do. Many human medications are toxic to dogs.
At home, try to keep him as calm as possible and do not allow him onto the furniture. Jumping up or down from elevated places can put pressure on the injury and slow the healing process. It will also be very painful for the dog.
How to help a dog with broken leg poop
The best way to help a dog with a broken leg is to use a dog harness. A chest harness like those used for walks is the best option if your dog has broken a front leg.
If the break is to one of their hindlegs, then a rump or full body harness would be better. You should take your dog out for period toilet breaks and use the harness to support their weight. This will give them the confidence to do their business and will alleviate some of the pain.
Should I take my dog to the vet if he’s limping?
If you notice any change in your dog’s movement, you should call the vet immediately. If the limping is due to a broken bone, the quicker treatment is received, the quicker the injury will heal.
The vet will be able to give advice on how best to care for the dog at home and how to avoid the same thing happening again in the future.
An untreated leg break can cause issues such as joint deformities, infection and may even result in amputation if the break cannot be successfully healed with a cast or surgery.