Skin-on-bone fractures are common in dogs, especially large breeds. Fortunately, most dog fractures can be treated at home. Depending on the severity of your pup’s fracture, you might need to keep your pet confined to a crate for several days or even weeks. Cracked or broken blood vessels in your pet’s skin can cause oozing and bleeding from minor scrapes and punctures. If your pet exhibits any signs of pain, such as limping or squealing when walking, try to keep them calm and immobile until the injury has healed enough to take them for treatment. Even small wounds can become infected if they aren’t cleaned and dressed regularly. Here are some tips to help you deal with a cracked injection:
Have a vet contact number ready in case your pet has to go to the emergency clinic.
Inspect the wound daily.
Examine the area for signs of infection and keep it clean and dry. You should also watch for signs that your dog’s fracture is healing, such as lessening pain or swelling. If symptoms persist, make sure to contact your vet.
Take your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
The sooner you get your pet to the vet, the better. If your pet is bleeding or has a severe crack, they might require emergency care. If you don’t take them in right away, it can be too late.
Mix up a simple home-care treatment for your pet’s injury.
If your pet has had an injection, you can mix up a home-care treatment to help ease their pain. Mix equal parts of raw eggs and sea salt. Apply this mixture to your dog’s injury with a sterile cotton ball or gauze pad every day for about two weeks. The egg yolk and dissolved proteins in the sea salt will moisturize the skin and reduce swelling. If you need to stop using the egg mixture, use milk alternatives like vegan milk paint or cream cheese mixed with honey as a replacement until the wound heals.
Don’t use human products on your dog’s injury.
If your dog has a cracked injection and it’s not healing on its own, you might need to take him to a professional for treatment. However, if your dog is eating and drinking normally, you can try water therapy or cold compresses. Don’t use human products on your dog’s injury. A lot of human-grade topical creams are made with ingredients that are too rough for the delicate tissues of your pup’s skin. These products can irritate their skin and cause more bleeding or infection. Do keep your pet calm and immobile as they heal. If your pet is injured, it's important that they stay calm during the healing process so that their bones don't fracture again while they're healing. They should be kept immobile until the bone has healed enough to stand up again without pain. If they're moving around too much, the wound could reopen and start bleeding again.
Wrapping an Ace Up: How to keep your dog comfortable at home until they heal.
1. If your dog is limping, try to keep them as still as possible by putting a towel around their neck and holding it in place with one hand. 2. If you see any blood from the injection site, clean it up with a hydrogen peroxide solution or saline wash. 3. Apply a sterile dressing to the injection site and wrap it in gauze or waterproof tape if necessary. 4. Make sure your dog has plenty of fluids, but avoid giving your pet ice cubes when they’re injured because they can cause further damage to the skin. Instead, use a cold compress on their injury that won’t add more harm than good. 5. Keep your pet warm and provide them with lots of light until they are feeling better again.
Dogs can suffer from a cracked paw, or worse, a cracked skull. If you have a dog with a cracked paw or skull, you should be prepared for the symptoms and treatment. These tips will help you get through the rough time.