Just like children, curious and adventurous dogs will often underestimate their own vulnerabilities. And sometimes, the result is a serious injury that requires a veterinarian’s care. Since an accident can happen at any time and anywhere, it’s always a good idea to keep your vet’s phone number in your phone’s contact list—just in case.
Eye injuries may occur for the following reasons:
- Debris from the road can get into the eyes of a dog hanging his or her head out of the window.
- Another animal may take a swipe at the dog’s eyes.
- Plant matter can get into the dog’s eyes when he or she runs through tall brush.
Eye injuries tend to cause symptoms like excessive tearing, eye discharge, squinting, redness, and swelling. Because infections in the eye can potentially lead to blindness, get your dog to a vet right away if these symptoms arise.
A dog will only limp if there’s something wrong with the legs or paws. A veterinarian may take x-rays to determine if the extremities have sustained a fracture or joint dislocation. If there is a fracture, the vet may recommend immobilizing the leg. A sprain is also a possibility. This is an injury that affects a ligament. One of the most common leg injuries in dogs is a cruciate ligament tear or rupture. Minor cruciate ligament tears may heal on their own, although the dog will need plenty of rest and possibly medications. More severe ligament tears might require surgical intervention.
Dogs like to explore the world with their mouths, and this can sometimes get them into trouble. Vets often treat dogs who have foreign objects stuck in their mouths, like sticks, bones, and porcupine quills. Some oral injuries may be the result of a fight with another dog. Fighting may result in facial and oral lacerations. Vets can often treat minor wounds with medications and by removing foreign objects. Serious injuries may require oral surgery.If you notice any signs of an injury in your dog, you can count on the team at Horizon Animal Hospital to provide prompt treatment. Our veterinarians in Scottsdale, AZ treat our patients and clients like family. You can reach us at (480) 800-4559.