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Broken bones cause significant non-weight bearing lameness and usually have considerable swelling.
I know lots of people worry about broken bones but they are not normally seen without significant trauma like hit by car, jumping off bed, etc. They are swollen, painful and the leg often looks disfigured.
Do not touch a broken leg without a muzzle in place.
If the bone is sticking out of the skin wrap the leg in a towel and get to a vet to help stop the bleeding.
Jana's note: Not long ago a friend went through a terrible ordeal when their dog's broken femur first didn't get diagnosed at all, and then subsequent failure to identify bone cancer as the cause of the break. The whole case was grossly mishandled. I strongly believe that bone cancer should be on the list of things to rule out with every broken bone, particularly in older dogs.
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