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Urgent Pet Care

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8419 S 73rd Plaza #107
Papillion, NE 68046
Phone: 402-991-9444
Fax: 402-932-8366

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Bone Fracture Treatment from our Papillion and Millard Emergency Veterinarians

Broken bones can happen in pets quite commonly. These bone fractures can be very painful and they can prevent your pet from standing, sitting or walking properly. Left untreated, broken bones can cause permanent damage.

smiling dog with arm in cast on veterinarian's table after getting treatment for his bone fracture

Causes of Bone Fractures

Pets can break bones in many ways. A dog or cat can suffer a broken bone as the result of being struck by a vehicle, for example, or as the result of a fight. Sometimes a pet can break a bone while jumping down a high distance or while running or jumping. Fractures may be “open” or “closed.” In an open fracture, the bone pokes through the skin. In a closed fracture, the skin remains intact. Both types of bone fractures require immediate veterinary care.

Is it Broken or Just Sprained? Look for these Signs

Your pet may have suffered a sprain or strain, rather than a fractured bone. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments that hold the ends of bones together to form a joint. A strain is an injury to a muscle. Pets usually limp with sprains and strains, but bear some weight on the leg.

If you can see the bone protruding through the skin in an open fracture, it is definitely broken. You should also look for signs of a closed fracture. A pet with a closed fracture of the leg will probably hold its leg completely off the ground. Your dog or cat will not bear any weight on the broken bone. A dog or cat with a broken bone in its back may be unable to move. Paralysis is a sign of a serious bone fracture.

Our Emergency Veterinarians in Millard and Omaha, NE Can Help Your Pet Heal

Our emergency veterinarian in Millard and Omaha, NE, can help diagnose and heal your pet’s broken bone. The type of treatment depends largely on the type of fracture, your pet’s age, and the specific bone broken.

Treatment for simple bone fractures typically involves splints and casts for broken legs and paws. Splints and casts hold the broken bone still so that it can heal. Bone fractures in hips and other locations may require surgery to implant pins, steel plates, and screws to hold broken bones together.

Contact Our Millard or Papillion Emergency Veterinarian Today

If you are worried that your pet has a broken bone, contact Urgent Pet Care in Omaha. Our veterinarians provide the urgent pet care you rely on for the health and welfare of your four-legged friends. For more information, please call 402-597-2911 for our Papillion emergency vet clinic or 402-991-9444 for our Millard emergency vet clinic.


Papillion Clinic


8419 S 73rd Plaza #107

Papillion, NE 68046

Fax: 402-932-8366 

Millard Clinic


4257 S 144th Street

Omaha, NE 68137

Fax: 402-932-6538


Dear Dr Starks and Urgent Pet Care Staff,
We are so thankful for each and everyone of you for taking wonderful measures of care for our cat Charlie! Thank you for your time and patience that you also committed. Read More

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