5 Common Dog Injuries

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People often compare dogs to children, and there are definitely similarities. Just like children, dogs always seem to find ways to hurt themselves no matter how diligent you are in watching them. Here are 5 of the most common dog injuries.  

Ingesting Foreign Objects

Dogs are notorious for destroying shoes and chewing up the furniture. Lucky for dogs, their bodies are amazing and they can often pass whatever it is they try to eat, but occasionally that isn’t the case. That is where the vet comes in handy.

“You name it – if a dog can fit it in its mouth, it’s been eaten, swallowed, and then removed by a veterinarian,” says Jules Benson, BVSc, MRCVS, vice president of veterinary services for Petplan.

Car Injury

It seems like cars are dogs worst enemy. Very few dogs don’t feel the need to chase down a passing car. Perhaps those few have realized the danger that comes with chasing a large moving object down the road.

If you see a dog that you think has been hit by a car, wrap it in something soft like a towel to help stabilize it then get it to a vet as soon as possible. Many car injuries are internal so you won’t be aware of what the problem is without specialized help.

Poisoning

Because dogs are always trying to eat everything they run the risk of swallowing something that is poisonous to them. Potentially poisonous substances can be plants, human medicine, household chemicals, and even some common human foods.

If it wasn’t originally meant for your dog then they probably shouldn’t eat it. If you think your dog might have eaten something poisonous then call a pet poison control helpline. They will be able to tell you what to do next.

ACL Injury

ACL injuries in dogs are relatively common. When the ACL breaks, the joint becomes unstable and painful and if it isn’t treated your dog will develop severe, debilitating arthritis. There are two major ways that the ACL will break.

  • The first usually occurs in active dogs. If their ACL becomes traumatized it can break. The trauma could be a misstep, fall, twist, or sudden wrench.
  • The second is the ACL failing because of degeneration. This usually happens in middle-aged, overweight dogs.

Eye Trauma

Dogs tend to lead with their head when they play, because of this they are susceptible to eye trauma. This could be from being poked, jabbed, or scratched. Eye trauma can range from a mild scratch to a severe rupture. If your dog is blinking rapidly, tearing excessively, or doesn’t want you near their eye, then you should take them in to get checked by their vet.

It’s always good to have a game plan if anything happens to your dog. Know who you will call for help or where you will take them. As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to care for them. They can’t call the vet. They are counting on you to stay informed and take care of their needs.

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