Dogs Can Die from a Broken Leg if You Aren’t Careful
It’s possible for dogs to die from a broken leg injury although the chances of it wouldn’t be high as long as the dog is getting the proper care and treatment. The risk of dying isn’t so much from the actual injury (fractured bone). It’s more from other risks like the development of infection and internal bleeding.
For example, if a dog has a broken leg but is allowed to move around, the chances of developing internal bleeding could increase, especially if the fractured part of the bone is sharp and grazes against other parts of the dog’s body while he moves around. It’s extremely important to limit your dog’s movement while they are recovering from a broken leg injury.
The risk of death could also increase if an infection occurs and is left untreated. This especially applies to dogs that have open fractures. Even if your dog’s general behavior seems fine, it’s important to take your dog to the vet straight away as soon as you notice something wrong with your dog’s legs. Open wounds should be treated quickly with the appropriate medication.
The treatment the vet provides to a dog with a broken leg will depend on the severity and nature of the injury. Treatment options may include using a cast or in more serious cases may require the use of external or internal fixation devices.