Published: 28 October 2020

With all potential broken bones, you should follow the same advice.

Unless you can obviously see the bone is broken the only way to tell may be to have the dog x-rayed at the vets. The primary goals of treatment are to reduce pain, lower the risk of additional accidents, and avoid infection of open wounds. In all cases, there are three primary rules:

-Do not try to re-set a possible fracture and keep it as still as possible.
-Do not use antiseptics or ointments on open fractures where the bone has come through the skin.
-Get the dog to a vet immediately.

What about if you think your dog has broken its tail?

These are extremely difficult to manage, even for a trained expert. If the tail appears to be broken but there is no blood or bone visible and the dog does not seem to be in pain, immediate emergency care is not essential -- that is, as long as the end of the tail does not become discoloured.

It's always wise to make an appointment to see the vet for advice if you have any doubts.

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