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How Do You Treat a Sprained Wrist on a Dog?
How Do You Treat a Sprained Wrist on a Dog?
Nov 25, 2022 | Conditions & Solutions

What is sprained wrist?


When we think of wrist injuries we don’t often think of dogs. But, just like a human, a dog’s bones and joints are prone to injuries, including dislocation, strains, sprains, and even breaks. All of which may lead to severe pain and agony for your poor pup. Here are things you need to know about canine wrist carpal injuries. 


What’s a Carpus?

Made of seven major bony structures, the carpus is located at the dog's forelimb. The carpus is the equivalent to the human wrist. Also, just like humans, a dog can hyperextend his carpus, leading to the potential collapse of the carpal joint. Carpal injuries occur when excessive force is applied to the carpus.

Most dogs diagnosed with wrist or carpal injuries have suffered traumatic events like falling from a significant height, getting hit by a car, or getting involved in the wrong exercise. Pains from carpal injuries can cause your dog to limp, have swelling in the ankle, and show weakness in their foreleg. sprains affect the ligaments (tissues) that connect bones, especially those in the wrist and knee.

Signs of a Dog’s Sprained Wrist 


If you’ve ever moved your wrist the wrong way or rolled an ankle, you know that the discomfort can linger long after the incident takes place. Symptoms of your dog’s sprained wrist include:

  • Limping and favoring one leg over the other
  • Swelling or redness of joints
  • Lameness
  • Swollen paws

If you identify that your dog is suffering from a sprained wrist (or even mildly limping if is persistent), it’s important to make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible in case it is signs of a more serious condition, such as bone degeneration.


LOVEPLUSPET Extra Supportive Dog Carpal Brace


When surgery is not an appropriate option, especially if the case is mild, consider other ways to support your dog’s healing. As with sprains, exercise restriction, hydrotherapy, and a dog brace can provide support for natural healing. LOVEPLUSPET Extra Supportive Dog Carpal Brace can also be used for post-operative care. Front leg support for dogs can help stabilize the joint so the soft tissue can heal.


  • Bendable spring bars provide support for sprain wrist while ensuring mobility
  • Neoprene outer shell. Professional sports fabrics have perforated lining more breathable to wear. 
  • Air holes help air circulation and the wearing more comfortable.
  • 3 high-quality attached velcro strips included inside this brace. They are stable strong and secure, they will not slide down or drop down.

By letting your dog wear this brace, it will get better mobility. The key function of this brace is to support weakened joints and muscles, speed up the healing process.