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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Perez

How to Prevent a Broken Bone

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a new pup parent, keeping your furry friend safe is a top priority, right? Unfortunately, broken bones are a fairly common issue, especially for the smaller, daredevil breeds that think they're invincible. Let’s break down (no pun intended) why these accidents happen and what you can do to keep your pup from becoming a statistic.

Why Do Dogs End Up with Broken Bones?

Watch Out for the Unexpected:

Accidents top the list of culprits here. Whether it’s a car mishap or a squirrel chase gone wrong, unexpected events can lead to serious injuries. For example, research in the Journal of Small Animal Practice shows that car accidents are a common nightmare for pet parents. It's stories like these that remind us how important it is to keep a tight leash on our adventures.

Too Much of a Good Thing Can Hurt:

Yes, dogs love to run, jump, and play—anything that burns off that crazy energy. But overdoing it, like that time Max chased the ball too hard at the park, can lead to stress fractures. According to vets chatting at the American Kennel Club, high-octane breeds like Greyhounds and Border Collies are more prone to these injuries. It’s all fun and games until someone ends up in a cast!

It’s in the Genes:

Like us, dogs can inherit some less-than-ideal traits. Small dogs, think Dachshunds or Corgis, often struggle with their long bodies and short legs, making them more prone to back issues and leg injuries. A vet I know once told me, "If you’ve got a breed with quirky anatomy, you’ve got to be extra vigilant."

A dog laying down on a blanket and dog bed with a cast and broken bone.
OC Pom Rescue dog: Reese

How Can You Prevent These Injuries?

Keep an Eagle Eye Out:

Always keep watch when your dog is out and about. Training them to respond to commands can prevent a lot of grief. Remember, it only takes a second for playtime to turn into an emergency room visit.

Build Up to It:

Regular, tailored exercise can build your dog’s strength and help avoid injuries. Start slow, especially with puppies or couch-potato breeds, and gradually increase the intensity. Think of it as prepping for a doggie marathon—steady wins the race.

Safety First at Home and Outdoors:

Puppy-proof your place like you would for a toddler. Secure the yard, block off risky areas, and keep harmful stuff out of reach. And maybe invest in some doggy steps or ramps for the little guys—jumping off the sofa can be like leaping off a cliff for them!

Feed Those Bones:

Good food equals strong bones. Make sure your dog’s diet has all the nutrients needed for bone health. This could mean adding supplements, especially for breeds prone to joint issues. A vet once suggested to me, “Think of their food as their health insurance policy.”

It’s tough to think about our pups getting hurt, but with a bit of knowledge and a lot of love, we can prevent most accidents. By learning the risks, keeping a close eye, and creating a safe environment, we’re doing our best to ensure our dogs have long, happy lives.

Curious about more ways to keep your dog healthy? Check out resources like the Journal of Small Animal Practice, the American Kennel Club, and Genetics Home Reference for tons of great info. Stay safe, stay informed, and let’s keep those tails wagging in good health!


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