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Treating Common Dog Injuries

Updated on June 15, 2011

Treatment For Choking

Dogs are active animals with intense curiosity. They love to play around and explore their environment, which may result in injury. Occasionally, even though the dog may seem to be alright, there may be inside trauma that requires a vet’s diagnosis. Learning to identify some common injuries will certainly enable you to get your dog prompt treatment if injury happened.


The recommended treatment is to wash off any foreign substance and immerse the afflicted area under cold running water for as long as possible. Then, take it to the vet immediately. Tend not to apply any kind of ointment and also stay clear of the burned area as much as possible.


Traffic Accidents

A traffic accident is so far the most prevalent root cause of severe injuries to a dog and also a cat. Always get near to it cautiously, it will probably behave aggressively due to the pain.

Do not shift the animal too much. However in case you have got to move it, it's probably best slipping a blanket beneath the dog. Get someone’s help and move the dog carefully to a safe location. Check for its heart beat as well as any hemorrhaging. Hold a clean pad and exert pressure over the sore to reduce excessive bleeding. Then, bind it firmly using a makeshift bandage. Make a call to the closest vet's surgery to alert of your arrival.

Eye Injuries

Many dogs love to put their heads outside open car windows, however, bits of debris may enter the dog's eye.


Snub-nosed breed like Pekingese are particularly susceptible simply because their eyes protrude a little. Pay attention at symptoms such as watery eyes, squinting, excessive blinking, imbalanced pupils or bloodshot eyes.

Seek professional advice immediately to avoid severe injuries from resulting in blindness. However, not every eye injuries are serious.

Heat Stroke

This may occurs if a dog continues to be left alone under a hot and sultry weather without ventilation. If the dog hasn't collapsed, it might be panting, vomiting as well as frothing at the mouth.

Get rid of froth and cool the dog down immediately by dousing the dog in cool water. Get it to the vet right away where it's going to be treated with prescription drugs and cold water.



Symptoms of poisoning including mouth irritation, skin rash, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, drooling or staggering. Call your local veterinarian as soon as possible and tell them all the informations you can give for example what kind of noxious substance swallowed by your dog, quantity, approximate length of time that the incident occur etc. If it has ingested the poison just a short while ago, endeavor to make it vomit. Salt and mustard in water often give effect quickly, or pushed a small portion of washing soda down the throat.


It is not that all the dogs can swim. You should drain the dog's lungs at once. If you are unable to lift it, put it on a sloping floor with its head low to assist in drainage, open up its mouth and press down on the ribs to pump the water out and releasing the pressure instantly. Do it again at five-second intervals. If you're able to lift it, grasp the back legs and then carry the dog upside down for 15 to 20 seconds. Give it 3 to 4 downward shakes to drain water out of its lungs.



A piece of stick or bone could get stuck in a dog's airway. It could be unable to breathe normally later on and swift action is required.


Open its mouth meticulously and see if you're able to see the object. Place your dog in the position so that its head is pointing down. Form a fist and bring the other hand cover your fist with it. Placed your two handed fist somewhere between the dog's abdomen and its ribcage. Give 3 to 5 thrusts inwards and upwards quickly and firmly. Repeat the steps until the object is dislodged from its airway.


Or you can lift up the dog by its hind legs. Support the dog upside down and shake the object out of its mouth with the help of gravity.


The object is removed smoothly, ensure that it is inhaling and exhaling normally.


Foreign Objects

Small and sharp foreign objects such as glass, needles, thorns, as well as plant seeds can become embedded in a dog's skin and cause discomfort. Depending on the location of the foreign object, sometimes you might be able remove it using tweezers and sterilize the wound and cover it using a sterile pad and gauze. If you unable to get rid of the object yourself or if it is in severe pain, there is inflammation and swelling, or pus or other fluids are leaking around the wound, take your dog to the vet instantly.

So, after taking your dog for a walk, remember to check its ears and other body part for plant seeds, especially during a hot day.


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    • zinyee profile image

      zinyee 6 years ago

      Cool. Thanks a lot! ^^

    • Bronson_Hub profile image

      Bronson_Hub 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Yes, yes, yes, this is a remarkably high quality article! Bookmarking this one so when I do own a dog (which is inevitable because I always end up with women who own small dogs) I'll be able to take charge of a tough situation. Now if you could write an obedience article... :)