How Much Does It Cost to Fix a Dog’s Broken Leg?

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.

How much does a broken leg for a dog cost?

A simple fractured leg requiring minimal treatment would be around $600, 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

How do I know if my dog’s leg is broken or sprained?

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.

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.

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.

My dog has a broken leg and I can’t afford a 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 are 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.

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.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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