How do you splint a dog’s broken toe?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

To splint a dog’s broken toe, you will need vet wrap, which is a self-adhering bandage that sticks to itself. This makes it convenient and easy to use without the need for additional tape or adhesive.

First, gently examine the injured toe and assess the severity of the break. If there is an open wound or bleeding, it’s important to clean and dress the wound before proceeding with splinting. You may need to consult a veterinarian for proper wound care.

Once the toe is ready to be splinted, start by wrapping the vet wrap snugly around the foot, just behind the toes. Begin at the base of the toes and wrap in a circular motion, gradually working your way up the foot. This will provide support and stabilization to the broken toe.

Continue wrapping the vet wrap around the ankle area, ensuring that it is snug but not too tight. The wrap should extend a few inches up the leg to provide additional support. Be careful not to restrict blood flow or cause discomfort to the dog.

As you wrap, the vet wrap will stick to itself, securing the splint in place. Make sure to overlap each wrap slightly to ensure stability and prevent the splint from slipping or loosening.

The goal is to immobilize the broken toe by using the surrounding toes as a makeshift splint. By wrapping the foot tightly, you restrict movement and provide support to the injured area. This can help reduce pain and prevent further injury.

It’s important to monitor the dog closely after splinting the broken toe. Watch for any signs of discomfort, swelling, or changes in behavior. If the dog shows signs of distress or the condition worsens, it’s crucial to seek veterinary care promptly.

In summary, to splint a dog’s broken toe, wrap vet wrap around the foot, ankle, and a few inches up the leg. Wrap snugly to immobilize the toe and provide support. Remember to monitor the dog closely and seek veterinary attention if necessary.