My Dog Has a Broken Leg and I Can’t Afford Vet

How do I know if my dog’s leg injury is serious? Dogs are masters at hiding their pain, so if you notice your dog limping or holding his leg off the floor, then he needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible.

There are various causes for your dog’s leg pain and it is important to understand the consequences of such injuries if treatment is not provided.

  • Strains are injuries to the tendons, which join muscle to bone. Strains are common, especially in active dogs. A strain can be caused by overexertion, during play or due to a slip or fall. Strains are most common in the hips, but can also affect other areas.
  • Sprains are injuries caused to the ligaments. These types of injuries can cause damage to a dog’s joints, leading to more serious and long-term health concerns. Sprains often occur in working dogs, but also dogs jumping down from a bed or sofa. The ligaments in the knee are most commonly injured, as are those in the ankle.

How much is a vet bill for a dog broken leg?

A simple fracture requiring minimal treatment would be around $600/£550, however, a severe break requiring complex surgery could be upwards of $2000.

The cost of vet bills for any treatment depends upon the following factors:

  • Severity of the injury
  • Required treatment
  • Length of hospital stay
  • Medication
  • Supportive therapies ie physio or hydrotherapy

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.

Dog broken leg can’t afford vet

A broken leg is a difficult injury to deal with and the unexpected nature of the injury can mean that you do not have the money available to pay for the treatment.

There are many options open to you when it comes to paying your vet bills.

  • If you a low-income household, you can get help from local charities or even directly from your vet clinic.
  • There are some organizations that will offer means-tested financial support to help you pay for your dog’s treatment.
  • Start a fundraising page on sites like Free Funder or Go Fund Me. This can be set up in as little as 10 minutes and donators can keep up to date with your dog’s progress.

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