If a Dog Has Broken Hips, Can It Still Walk?

by Christina Russell
A dog with a joint injury should be taken to the vet immediately.

A dog with a joint injury should be taken to the vet immediately.

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Depending on the severity of the injury, a dog with a broken or fractured hip might not be able to walk. Even if he is able to do so, most vets recommend that the dog be kept to strictly necessary movements to allow the joint a chance to heal.

Activity Level for Injured Dogs

If your dog has a minor fracture or break that your vet determines does not need surgery, he will still be required to rest and restrict his movement to give the joint time to properly heal. If the break is severe and requires surgery, he will often have to be sedated and kept on strict bed rest to allow his body time to recover from the injury and surgery. Most dogs who are given prompt, thorough treatment and are given adequate recovery time can make a full recovery after having a hip broken.

Seek Medical Attention

If you suspect any kind of injury to your dog's joints, it is critical that you seek immediate medical attention. Untreated injuries could leave your dog unable to walk in the long-run or result in expensive surgery, so always have your vet check out any possible breaks or joint problems for your dog's sake.

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About the Author

Based in Louisville, Ky., Christina Russell has worked as a blogger, writer and consultant since 2009. She is currently obtaining her bachelor's degree and is working to pursue her education in natural animal care.

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