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What is Brain Injury?

Because a brain injury will most often affect other systems of the body, it is of utmost importance to the well-being of your pet to attend to any injuries that may result from a trauma to the skull. A great degree of cases of mortality and morbidity in animals is related to brain injury. While dogs can survive after a loss of a considerable amount of cerebral tissue, reduction of brain swelling and analysis of damage to stem structure is vital to the prognosis.

Brain injury in dogs results from a trauma to the head, leading to neurological dysfunction. Also known as traumatic brain injury (TBI), this is an occurrence that happens quite commonly due to incidents such as vehicular accidents or falls. Due to the complexity of the injury, immediate veterinarian care is critical in the event of a brain injury.

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Symptoms of Brain Injury in Dogs

The signs of brain injury can easily range from really obvious to not so clear or apparent. Of course, in the case of a traumatic accident that you may have witnessed such as a fall or impact, you will be aware that the demeanor of your pet is resulting from the incident. In the event of a circumstance that you did not see occur, recognition of all signs could be difficult. As in the case of any behavioral change in your pet, the following signs mean a veterinarian visit is crucial:

  • Your dog is circling over and over, especially when excited or facing stress
  • There is a loss in control of movements of the body (ataxia)
  • There may be hemorrhage in the ears, visible to you and in the retinal area which may not be apparent to you
  • You may see external signs such as cuts or lacerations, and skull fracture not easily seen by you
  • You may notice a loss in perception of spatial movement
  • Facial weakness and loss of sensation in face can be present
  • There may be problems in the visual realm like a lack of eyelid reflex or lack of response to light by the pupil
  • In severe cases there can be brain matter found in the ear canal
  • Eventual coma can occur
Types

Injuries to the brain are broken down into two categories:

Primary injury - This is the trauma that occurs at the time of impact and results in a physical disruption of intracranial structures. Vascular tears (tearing of the artery causing reduced blood flow to the brain), and hemorrhaging are included in primary injury. With the primary injury, care is focused on reducing the effects that can lead to secondary complications.

Secondary injury - Along with the edema and hemorrhaging of the primary injury, further tissue damage and swelling can result, which in turn causes an increase in intracranial pressure (ICP) and breakdown of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). ICP can lead to changes in the delicate make-up of the brain, blood, and cerebrospinal fluid. Complications, for example, hypoxia (deficiency in oxygen), or ischemia (inadequate blood supply) can be life threatening.

Causes of Brain Injury in Dogs

The number of reasons that your dog may be suffering from a brain injury are numerous and broad. As with humans, the brain of the dog is protected from immediate damage by the skull. If the skull suffers an impact from a fall or collision with a vehicle, or if the skull is fractured for example by a dog bite, the following emerging difficulties can result in further cerebral damage.

  • Brain contusion
  • ICP (the brain, blood, and cerebrospinal fluid are unbalanced leading to severe consequences because of the pressure build up)
  • Decrease in cerebral blood flow due to ICP
  • Dangerous amounts of inflammation
  • Hypercapnia (excessive carbon monoxide in blood owing to inadequate respiration)
  • Hypoglycemia (very low blood glucose)
  • Infection
  • Hypothermia (dangerously low body temperature)
  • Hyperthermia (excessively high body temperature)

Diagnosis of Brain Injury in Dogs

The veterinarian will begin by assessing the clinical signs of your dog. As previously mentioned, dogs with brain injury may turn in circles when stressed or excited. The veterinarian may see pupil dilation and clear evidence of external trauma. She will check the PCV (packed cell volume) in the blood to verify the volume of cells present. A complete blood count and serum analysis can help with the diagnosis. Checking the blood glucose level is extremely important because it can give a good indication as to what condition your pet is presently in. The level of electrolytes must also be verified.

The mental status of your pet, along with reflex capabilities will be confirmed. Unequal pupil size (anisocoria) is another indication of brain injury.

The diagnostic tools of the CT scan and the MRI can be very beneficial in regards to diagnosis, but are only recommended if the chosen medical therapy is not giving any improvement. This is because your dog will need to be sedated heavily in order to do either test, which is not always deemed a safe practice for a dog with a brain injury.

Treatment of Brain Injury in Dogs

The veterinarian will focus on the ABC’s to start, which is ensuring proper function of the airway, breathing and circulation because getting the proper amount of oxygen to the brain are critical for recovery. At the same time, acute effects of the brain trauma must be controlled. Equally important is the step of monitoring for secondary infection.

In order to maintain adequate oxygen levels and avoid hypoxia (deficiency in oxygen), a nasal catheter will be inserted. This method is considered the most efficient, and will cause less anxiety than other methods (such as an oxygen chamber). Fluid therapy, to restore heart rate, mucous membrane color and pulse will be given. Monitoring the plasma carbon monoxide levels is essential for recovery also.

All the while, the veterinarian will carefully oversee the comfort of your dog and will administer medication for pain and anxiety. Other medical compounds, such as mannitol (used to relieve intracranial pressure and help the cerebral blood flow), will be utilized. Anticonvulsants may be given to limit seizures.

Nutrition is an important part of treatment. Many dogs are hospitalized for extended periods of time and can have significant weight loss.

As part of your pet’s treatment for brain injury, he may be placed lying down on a board to limit bending of his head and neck. His head will be elevated, and the board will be turned every hour. Based on the above procedures, documentation shows that improvement can be seen within 24 hours, but if recovery is expected, it will be slow and will take weeks to months. Brain injury surgery is not well documented.

Recovery of Brain Injury in Dogs

The recovery of your dog will depend upon the exact type of damage to the brain, your dog’s age, his level of consciousness at treatment time, general physical shape, extent of the harm to the brain stem, and the magnitude of injuries that may accompany the trauma.

Recovery of brain injury may not ever be a complete return to normalcy. Issues such as loss of voluntary movement or blindness may remain. Physical therapy must be part of the recovery regimen, which includes an extension of limbs, swimming and supported walking.

The prognosis is grave if the time lapse between injury and release of ICP is too long because often brain herniation occurs. However, improvement has been noted in many cases, even those that seemed hopeless. With the help and expertise of your veterinary professional, your dog may recover (though most likely not fully). Be an involved partner in your pet’s rehabilitation, and you may see improvement weeks and even months later.

Cost of Brain Injury in Dogs

The veterinarian will use a nasal catheter ($30 to $65) in order to comfortably provide oxygen to your dog’s brain. Your dog will also require fluid therapy ($40 to $100) to restore heart rate, mucous membrane color, and pulse. The veterinarian and staff will be taking great care to ensure that your dog is as comfortable and as pain-free as possible. They will administer a pain medication (Tramadol $65 on average) as needed. The veterinarian will also give your dog Mannitol ($15 per IV solution) to relieve intracranial pressure and help cerebral blood flow. It’s important to prepare for symptoms (i.e. seizures) when dealing with a brain injury. The veterinarian may prescribe an anticonvulsant (Gabapentin $20 to $40) to limit these seizures.

Brain Injury Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Ray
Calahula Leopard Hound
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Possibly deaf
Running in circles
Behavioral issues
Blind

Medication Used

Phenobarbital
Prozac

We found Ray when he was six weeks old wandering in the road. He had a head injury that was already infected as well as a broke tail. We took him to the vet and he flourished and is my baby but he deals with long term affects but among the worst is aggression,running in circles,seizures,etc. I love him and just want him to be happy. I guess my question is what can I do to maybe help him with some of these issues. Thanks as any input will be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Ray had a head injury when you found him, he may have very abnormal reactions to common things. Without assessing his behavior or health status, I can't comment on what might help, but he may benefit from an anti-anxiety medication. You can discuss with your veterinarian whether that may help, as they have seen him and know more about his general health.

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Olive
Dachshund
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

unresponsive
Rapid breathing
Disorientation
Out Of It
Slight staggering

My dog may have hit her head when trying to jump up onto my bed, she immediately ran away from me and started going up the stairs and started stumbling, then stopped on a stair and started looking around like she was very confused, could this be a brain injury, is immediate help necessary

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Olive is continuing to show those signs, it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, yes. It seems unlikely that she would have hit her head hard enough to cause trauma, from your description, but not impossible, and there may be another reason for the behavior. I hope that all goes well for her.

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astro
Mixed
Four Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

shakes head, swelling

My dog hit his head and it is open and you can see the skull, it is leaking fluids and has a big swelling behind injury, what should i do all vets i called want 2000 to see him the injury is open and clear fluid is leaking out

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is quite hard to believe that any veteirnarian wanted 2000.00 just to examine Astro. He needs to be seen by a veterinarian, and typically what happens is you book an appointment, or in his case take him to an emergency clinic on a walk-in basis, you pay an office visit fee which usually runs between 40.00 to 120.00, depending on where you live and whether it is an emergency clinic. A veterinarian will look at him, determine the extent of the injury, and give you an idea as to what treatment may be necessary or available.

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Rosie
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Circling

I have a lab. 6 months ago she fell out of the back of the truck. I took her straight to the vet. Everything checked out good. 2 months later she was near the pond all wet falling tripping doing the splits. I loaded her up when we got to the vet she was perfect. 2 months later I got her fixed. 30 days later she got an obsession with hunting a mouse that isn't there. Like she is all strung out hunting and looking under things. She can be normal. She gets in the truck she'll dig under the seat. Now tonight she did the same thing near the pond. I pull in and she is all wet and muddy doing summer salts running and tripping. Can't stand up. So I put her inside the garage than she's fine. Other than her mouse hunting. She's going to be 2 years old in 30 days.......

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would probably be a good idea to video these episodes and discuss them with your veterinarian, as she may be having a compulsive behavior or a partial seizure. Whether the behavior is related to her injury is hard to comment on without seeing her, but she may need a referral to a neurologist if you and your veterinarian are unable to determine what is going on with her. I hope that she is okay.

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Dolly
Yorkie-Apso
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fall

Just a quick question, we were suppose to purchase a Yorkie puppy from a breeder but recently we have been notified she has fallen down a 12 foot stair case. She is doing fine and seems to be ok, has been checked by the vet and there were not fractures. The puppy is 6 weeks old. Should we be concerned about neurological damage?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Puppies are remarkably resistant. If Dolly is doing well and not showing any neurologic signs at this point, she should be fine, but it would be a good idea to talk with the veterinarian who examined he to make sure that ongoing problems aren't a possibility.

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spike
Unknown
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

so my friend's son started choking his dog, but he's 2. He still had some air I think and it lasted for about 3 minutes. He demonstrates nothing is wrong. Is he safe?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Spike examined by a veterinarian, as he may have sustained tracheal damage. It would be also be a good idea to not leave Spike alone with the 2 year old, ever. I hope that Spike is okay.

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Forrie
Chihuahua
Two Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Depressed
needy
lack of appetite

My dog fell down the stairs yesterday. He woudln't eat afterwards and hasn't eaten since. He drank a little water. He vomited once yesterday and once this morning. What needs to be done?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contactng us about Forrie. I'm sorry that this has happened to him. It would be best to have him examined by your veteinarian, as i am unable to see him or see if he is okay. Your veteriarian will be able to examine him and determine if he is okay, or if he needs medications or treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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Rocky
Maltese
18 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Blindness
Confusion
Whining
Loss of bladder

Our almost 18 years old Maltese has been going blind for a while now and is almost deaf too. He just had an episode in which he cry’s/barks loudly and circles in confusion and then pisses himself. It takes him a while to finally calm down, but this isnt the first time it’s happened. What could be the cause of this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems that Rocky is disorientated, I wouldn’t call it a seizure but this behaviour is not uncommon in older dogs and may result in him urinating whilst circling; given Rocky’s age I would suggest that you visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination and a set of blood tests so we can see his liver and kidney function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Iris
Border Collie Cocker
Around 4-5 years old
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog Iris is of course a border collie and she loves to run around the horses to check on them and round then up. When she was a puppy I had come home from work and she was extremely sick wouldn't move drooling diarrhea and throwing up. Well we got her to where she was normal once again. One day of her many trips around the horses she had gotten kicked and laid down with this look like she was out of it. After that she runs into parked vehicles, people, and just about anything that a normal would see and not run into. Is she going blind or is she already there?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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After head trauma there are a few possible problems including blindness (luxated lens, retinal detachment etc…), loss of depth perception or other neurological issues; without examining Iris I cannot give you much of an indication to a specific cause since a thorough examination would be required especially of the eyes with an ophthalmoscope. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
motese poodle
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

swating at eye
Redness
Eye Swollen

hi i accidentally step on my dog's head and now his eye is swollen and a blood clot is swelling in his eye looks like can someone give me the best plan of action because I'm scared i really hurt him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The blood clot you are seeing may actually be a prolapsed third eyelid gland since this may prolapse due to trauma; it is would be irresponsible for me to recommend anything else apart from visiting your Veterinarian since if there is a prolapsed third eyelid gland, surgery would be needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cocoa
Yorkshire Terrier
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Twitch
Blindness head bobs
Blindness
Head Swelling

Hi i have a 2 year old yorkie who had puppies had to have a c section. Everything went great we came home her and puppies were doing well. The next morning we woke up n she opened her stitches up and chewed her intestines. The vet thinks she thought it was the plecenta. So he had to do surgery and cut the bad spot of her intestine out n sow her back together. At one point during surgery she quit breathing but he got her to come back. So she stayed at vets n came home next day that night she started acting little funny head was tilted n acted almost blind do we rushed her backbyo vet and her white blood count was only at 2. So the vet took her and fid a blood transfusion from his own dog who is a donor. The next day her health was much better you vould tell by her actions they got her on fluids iv and shes eating soft food the vet gives her and shes pooping. But the blind ness is still there and she acts like she cant tell we are there with her. Almost like shes blind and deff. Cant walk real well either. The dr thinks shes having neruoligical damage from all the trama almost like her brains in panic mode. Can she come back from this or is it permanet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to say what the possible outcome from this situation will be, it is remarkable that she has bounced back this much given the circumstances. If there was a lack of oxygen to certain parts of the brain due to multiple possible factors there is a chance that the blindness is permanent, whilst there is some chance that sight may return I would be on the cautious side given the unusual circumstances surrounding the case. It sounds like her general health is coming back, but any neurological damage or damage to the eyes themselves (blood clots etc…) are a big unknown. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sassy Girl
Chihuahua
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Did my dog suffer or feel pain when her head was runned over by a speeding car? Found her minutes after and she was gone. Her head was as flat as the road, she was so sweet and delicate. I just want to know if she felt anything when this happened to her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is a normal question to ask whether your loved one suffered after being hit by a motor vehicle, the easy answer is no but the honest answer is may be but unlikely. The majority of times when a dog is hit by a car (or any vehicle) the speed and trauma to the head causes an instant loss of consciousness with death following immediately if not shortly afterwards; the time between the accident and death is usually one of unconsciousness or seizing, in both situations there is no pain. However on some occasions a dog may be fatally wounded but consciousness and die after a period of time either due to blood loss, brain swelling or being hit by another vehicle; I wish I could guarantee that it was instant and painless but I also need to be honest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your honesty, our Sassy Girl was the center of our joy. Tiny with an explosive amount of energy, she always made us laugh and she loved the attention. Our girl was small but she loved exploring big places like Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Along the Pacific Coast, from Santa Barbara to San Clemente, our girl loved camping on the beach, she spent hours digging in the sand and falling asleep listening to the ocean waves. She did teach us that life is short, anything can happen, so live each day happy, remember life is fun and be full of love.

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Rogue
Chihuahua
5
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping in pain
Sluggish

My Chihuahua Rogue was lying on my lap sleeping she slipped off and smacked the back of her head on the floor she instantly started yipping she wasn't moving she was just yipping and she was peeing all over the place i picked her up to calm her down she seems all right I'm just worried about her because she is almost 5 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Every case of head trauma should be seen by a Veterinarian as signs of head trauma may take a while to present themselves, also injuries to the spine are common too in these type of falls. I cannot really give you much information on what to do apart from have her examined when your Veterinarian opens. Head trauma may cause brain swelling which may become severe enough to cause pain, seizures and other neurological symptoms; check Rogue’s eye for anisocoria (unequal pupil size) and check her gait, if either is bad visit an Emergency Clinic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Saie
Golden Retriever
10 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

collapse with severe weakness and loss of appetite

We have a 10 week old Golden Retriever who was accidentally "run over" by our larger dog. She was knocked unconscious and we took her to the ER Vet. She has improved slightly and can lift her head for short periods; She was X-ray'd and has no broken bones, but apparently a significant concussion. After 24 hours, her eyes are still "bouncing" in the sockets and she cant walk...would you consider this "normal"? What are the chances of lasting affects, brain damage etc.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Brain injury is very unpredictable and difficult to predict long term; the bouncing of the eyes isn’t normal but may occur especially as the time frame is very short (just 24 hours ago). After head trauma, brain swelling may cause numerous symptoms and needs to be managed to bring the swelling down over time; if you have concerns, it would be best to visit your regular Veterinarian for a once over to be on the safe side and a progress check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teddy
Portuguese Podengo
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My dog's toy was stuck in a tree and so I got a hoe from my garden shed to shake the upper branches. As the toy fell, my dog came running to get it, but at the same moment I lost control of the hoe and it swung down onto the top of his head. He yelped, put his head down and ran away from me. He is a medium-sized dog, weighing about 20 pounds. He seems a bit hostile towards me and was shaking at first. Half an hour after the incident he is eating, drinking, barking, and wagging his tail. He seems to have an indent on the top of his head; is this possible? There is no bleeding or obvious sign of skull fracture. I have called his local vet and was told to only take him to the ER if his behavior changes. He also has dark-colored eyes and it is difficult for me to distinguish his eyes from his pupils. I am very afraid that I have seriously injured my dog because of his age and because his head is relatively small.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any type of head trauma should be seen by a Veterinarian immediately to be on the safe side; some signs of brain injury may start subtle and a Veterinarian would take extra care to ensure that Teddy is OK. Some symptoms of brain injury may be delayed and appear after a few days, brain swelling takes sometime so it is always best to get a Veterinarian’s opinion to be cautious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dozier
American Bulldog
5
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye flip

After our dog was stolen he was beaten and broke his jaw and his left eye does this flipping thing. He has no reaction to it when you place your hand over it. He has had surgery to repair his jaw. What can be causing the eye to flip?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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After working as an Animal Welfare Veterinarian for a few years and after seeing some unsettling and disturbing sights of both companion animals and farm animals being mistreated; I still find it hard to believe that people would carry out random acts of violence towards animals. The abnormal eye movement most likely is down to nerve damage or damaged ocular muscles; this is something which may not resolve and may require a visit to a Neurologist or a an Ophthalmologist to get to the bottom of, but still may not be any treatment available. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nelson
mix breed small terrier
15.5 years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lump on head; some short term shivering

Medication Used

nil

An hour ago my small breed terrier fell about 18 inches from a wall on to his head. He did not yelp or react at all, got up immediately and in the intervening time has been interested in food. However, he does have a small bump on the top of his head, and was shivering a little about 15 minutes after the fall. He's elderly and has lost most of his vision so his spatial awareness isn't good anyway, but I cant see any marked deterioration. My gut feeling is he is fine, but what should signal the need for veterinary intervention?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma can be very unpredictable and if you have any doubts you should visit your Veterinarian; shivering shouldn’t be confused with tremors which may occur after brain injury and should be seen by your Veterinarian. It is important to look out for behavioural changes and to anisocoria (unequal pupil size) as a signal of brain injury; lethargy, aggression and hiding are all concerning signs. Obviously more serious symptoms like seizures should be dealt as emergencies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We are a day down the track and he's his usual cool dude self, appetite as normal. I'm not going to relax until we've got through the week without any problems. Thanks for your help, this is a great site.

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Beast
Blue Nose Pitbull
36 days old
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking front and hind legs

My dog was born 36 days ago and he shakes in his sleep and his eyes get lazy but he will wake up if I move his body a little bit and I'm worried. It's been happening the 3 nights I've had him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Twitching of legs, paddling or kicking are normal when a dog sleeps and are a part of their sleep cycle; neurological disorders or brain injury usually results in movements when a dog is awake and asleep. Without examining Beast, I cannot tell you whether or not these movements are normal; Pitbulls are prone to idiopathic (we don’t know why) tremors which usually cause head bobbing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.akc.org/content/health/articles/why-dog-twitch-in-sleep/

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Hades
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Uncoordination
Shaking

My puppy was hit hard in the head/neckWhen he walks he walks off like he's in space and doesn't come when I call his name. He has a lot of drooling that's started and he's never done. He just lays there. Sounds like he has a hard time to breath

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Please visit your Veterinarian immediately. Hades received a hard blow to the head and especially with his young age he needs Veterinary attention immediately to check him for long term injury as well as to assess short term treatment options to relieve some of the symptoms (oxygen therapy for example) be is displaying. The brain isn’t just a nervous organ, it also plays an important role in regulation of hormones too; if there is damage to certain parts of the brain, this could lead to growth and development problems. So please turn up at your Veterinarian or the Emergency Veterinarian to get the best help for Hades. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog was hit by a vehicles. He was bleeding from his ear and he lost coordination on the left side of his mouth and he cant blink anymore so hes always wet with tears. This happened like 3 months ago, do uou think a treatment can help him get his coordination back ?

Today my daughter wake me up at 5:30 in the morning. I saw "Bella . Laying down .her hands were tense.she has white foam on te mouth and she can barely breath . But something worst was happening to her . Her brain was pumping hard. She seems to be suffering a lot. . The veterinary open at 6.30 am . So I told my daughter to take her to the dog hospital . We all cried. My 4 daughters wife and me. .. still waiting. Can you help me to know if is dangerous. :-(

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Brandy
Toy Poodle
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive licking

My moms dog and my puppy were playing together and her dog fell off the couch and hit her head on the coffee table they have. When she got up it was almost like her jaw was stuck open and to the side a little for a few seconds to a minute. Since that she has been licking my mom none stop and when someone was saying her name or touching her she was almost not listening or responding. The only reason we are really worried and wanna make sure that maybe nothing is wrong and we are just over reacting is because we had a tea cup poodle who ended up having issues and passed away around this age from a brain aneurysm.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any case of head injury should be seen by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side as problems may not present immediately and may cause problems weeks or months later; dogs with a history of traumatic brain injury are more likely to develop conditions like epilepsy (according to some studies). Without examining Brandy, I cannot say whether or not there is a cause for concern; so a visit to your Veterinarian would be best, they may also take an x-ray too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexa
Cross breed Unknown
1 and a half
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Separation anxiety,

This is an older issue, but when I adopted my pup from my sister's friend, she'd told me that the pup had been dropped on her head on concrete. For a while, she seemed normal, but lately, she's started acting more unusual. I'm worried that there might be some lasting damage from being dropped so young. It's hard to describe exactly what's different, but one thing was a fearfully aggressive reaction to me picking her up for a bath a few days ago. She growled but didn't actually bite. She's been a little distant overall, lately.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma can manifest itself immediately and also may have some delayed complications. There are many studies looking at the long term effects of head trauma in dogs over time; in many cases, dogs with a history of head trauma are more likely to develop epilepsy and to have other disorders. It may be unrelated to the trauma, as some dogs behaviours change as they age and they may become more aggressive when trying to assert their dominance in a group; a neurological examination may show something, but it may also be worth speaking with a Behaviourist to see if the problem is psychological. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little Puppy
Border Collie
6 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Seizure
Ataxia
Shaking

My 6-week old puppy fell from a 3-foot ledge and hit his head on a wooden floor. He immediately had a strong seizure in which he foamed at the mouth-- lasting less than a minute. He came to & was able to walk around. Thirty minutes later he was asleep & unable to be aroused. He had another small seizure lasting about 15 seconds. He tried to walk but only his front legs would work, & he was dragging his hind feet behind him. Fifteen minutes later he had a seizure with decerebrate positioning, for about 30 seconds. He was in a very bad way the rest of the day, and I force fed him with a syringe in his cheek, and had to massage his throat to make him swallow. He was incontinent of bladder. It was a terrible night. The next morning, he was eating voluntarily, and could walk wobbily. A few hours later, we put him back with his litter, and thirty minutes later, he was prancing around as if nothing happened (although slightly off-balance). The next day, you couldn't pick him out of the litter as behaving any differently, or looking like he'd ever had the fall. It's been days now, and the only residual sign is (1) trembling when eating (but I've noticed some of our other puppies do that), and (2) I'm not sure but his right pupil might be constricting slower than his left-- I have to check again. My questions are-- (1) Does the fact that he recovered almost fully within 24 hours mean that he's less likely to sustain permanent, lifelong brain damage? (2) What is the *chance* that he will sustain permanent, lifelong brain damage? (3) Does the fact that he trembles *only when eating* indicate brain damage? Or could that be from something else? I'm racked with guilt that this happened to our sweetheart & I'm hoping you can look into a crystal ball & let me know if this even could have messed him up for life.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Under normal circumstances, cases of head trauma should be seen immediately by a Veterinarian so that supportive and symptomatic care can be given as well as medication to reduce brain swelling. Whilst a dog may ‘recover’ from head trauma, there are many unknowns which may occur; studies have shown a correlation between head trauma and the development of epilepsy at a later age. I cannot give any assurances that the puppy will suffer or will not suffer any lasting damage from the fall, but given that you are suspecting a reduction in the pupillary reflex on one side I would recommend you take the puppy to visit a Veterinarian for an examination (at six weeks you should be thinking about starting to vaccinate) to see if there are any other symptoms which they may be able to see which could give you an accurate prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Aya
Chow mix
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Head is swollen and eyes are nearly swollen shut
Wont eat or drink
In pain
Cant walk.

My 8 week old puppy got attacked by a loose pitbull. She now has a swollen head and her eyes are nearly swollen shut. She can not walk very well BC her back legs won't work right now. She tries to walk but tumbles over. She also sits and spins in a circle repeatedly. She cries in pain alot right now we don't have the money to take her to a vet but I'm worried and want to do something go help her. Why could her head and eyes be swollen, and what can I do to help her she also won't eat or drink anything

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An eight week old dog shouldn’t be outside mingling with other dogs until it is up to date on all it’s shots. Aya’s eyes and head are swollen due to the trauma of being attacked, puppies have soft bone and are more delicate than older dogs; puppies attacked by larger dogs may also suffer from similar injuries to a human baby that has been shaken. These types of injuries are not something which can be treated at home or that I can ethically recommend to treat at home; whilst I sympathise with your financial situation, I would recommend you take Aya to your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lola
mutt with some type of russel terrier
5-7
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Muscle Tremors
Lethargic

Lola was given a Leptospirosis vaccine in April of this year, and unfortunately went into anaphylactic shock. She was back at the vet within 15 minutes for three hours of IV fluids and monitored recovery. Her energy level has never rebounded though, and two months later she is still lethargic with some loss of appetite. More troubling, she also has problems with balance and rear-leg motor skills, often stumbling on steps or while walking. Sometimes her rear legs shake and she assumes an awkward standing pose, or her weakened back legs simply slide out from under her when standing on the hardwood floor.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately, with episodes of anaphylaxis, there may be a loss of cardiac output which leads to hypoxic brain injury when the brain doesn’t receive enough blood to carry out its functions; hypoxic brain injury may lead to permanent damage. It would be best to visit a Neurologist to examine Lola’s reflexes and neurological system to see if there is a treatment to improve or manage the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zena
Bullmastiff
10 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

None

Medication Used

Non so far.

A Blunt object fell on my pups head. Now there is a small gash that has Sense healed but over that time a good size bumb has appeared on her head underneath the cut. What could it be ? And what should I do?

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The bump may be caused by a haematoma (blood under the skin), fluid (from a variety of causes) or scar tissue from the healing of the wound. It is good that Zena isn’t showing any symptoms, but it would be worth bringing this up with your Veterinarian at your next visit; I cannot recommend another course of action as without examining it I don’t know exactly what it is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hershey's
Maltese shitzu
11 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Not barking

My dog fell of 2times from a high place. The first fall was from 3rd floor to 2nd floor. We saw him lying down and frozen for few minutes but went back to normal. The second fall was from 3rd floor to ground floor, and we weren't there. Only our neighborhood saw the incident and told us. I'm curious because he's fine and still can run around. But I noticed he isn't barking. He's a dog who always bark. I'm getting worried. Does he have a serious condition? Or is he fine? Does he have a brain injury?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Hershey I am unable to tell whether or not he has brain injury or not. However, there can be many problems caused by falling from a height (twice) including head trauma, musculoskeletal disorders, general trauma and pain. The reluctance to bark may be down to a behavioural problem from the fall rather than a physiological one. Regardless, it would be best to have Hershey checked over to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Shih Tzu
2 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Breathing Problems
bleeding

Hi there
My dog was hit by a car yesterday around 3pm, I did not see the hit my self, but when I arrived home to rush him to vet the only visible thing to me was, a lot of bleeding from the mouth very heavy breathing and cuts and scraps to his private area, and he looked really glassy eyed and just would not respond to my voice, I got him to vets who cheacked his bones etc and suggested leaving him over night, when I rang in morning I was told to come get him , I picked him up and he was exactly the same as he was the day before apart from no bleeding, I've brought him home and he's struggled all day to breath so rang the vet yet again who just said bring him Tomorrow, he just didn't seem. Ordered about my dog what so ever , after a long hard day he passed around an hour ago lying in arms a big yelp then just floppy, I could still feel his heart. It he started bleeding a fitting then he was gone , my question is should he have ever. Erm sent home in the condition he was in , I feel so guilty that I never got him the help he deserved and this vet just seemed to get rid of me, also he charged me £108 I don't even know what he had giving my dog and he never gave me any sort of pain killer for him , his heart has worked so hard today

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Condolences on your loss at this stressful time; each animal responds differently to trauma depending on the severity of the injury and the treatment given. In cases of trauma, it is normal to perform a thorough physical examination, x-rays and other tests to determine the severity of the trauma and to determine the best course of treatment. Using the ‘£’ sign, I assume you’re from the UK (my homeland); I can tell you that £108 is a very low price as now I believe a basic consultation is around £40 and a stay as an inpatient is between £30 to £50 per night. I personally wouldn’t allow a patient to leave (unless the owner was insistent) with severe breathing problems; I haven’t examined Blue, but generally there is a lot of trauma in road traffic accidents and the potential for brain swelling and internal bleeding is high which would require stabilisation possibly requiring surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ginger
miniature dachshund
9
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pupils are different sizes

Medication Used

Cyclosporine

My 9 year old miniature dachshund was playing with a family member and she hit the back of her head against the corner of a wall. I noticed she was walking around drooling a lot but she slept for a little while and the drooling has stopped. It's been about 3 hours since the incident and now she is back to normal, wagging her tail, drinking water, drooling has stopped, she eats normally. Only thing is that i researched online about concussions and it read that uneven pupils might be a symptom of head trauma. Her left pupil is dilated and her right pupil responds to a pen light normally. Should i take her to the vet today or should i wait until tomorrow to see if her pupils return to normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to visit your Veterinarian immediately a unequal pupil size after head trauma may be indicative of a bleed on the brain, inflammation or other complications of trauma. The unequal pupil size may be attributable to another condition like glaucoma, but given the recent trauma it would be best to have it checked out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sasha
Toy Poodle
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Fever
Dizzy
Growling, biting, showing teeth
Wobbly

My 8 year old toy poodle jumped off of our golf cart (it was not moving) she fell on her head Began to wobble around and started growling for about 5 minutes she seems ok now except a little limp and slight fever should I take her to the vet

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Sasha would probably just been a bit dazed and confused; it is always best to have your loved one checked over by her Veterinarian after some head trauma, but if she didn’t lose consciousness and is now her usual self I wouldn’t be too concerned; just keep an eye on her and if you notice any neurological symptoms especially the pupils being a different size to each other visit your Veterinarian. Also, for temperature, remember that dogs have a higher physiological temperature that humans. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rello
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Paci

My lab got hit by a car and his head is a little swollen his gums are healthy pink but he's doing everything in his own eating, drinking, going to the bathroom. The only symptom he has is pacing when he's nervous which is when he has to potty. What do you think!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Trauma from being hit by a car should be evaluated by your Veterinarian and x-rays should be taken to determine the severity of the trauma. Whilst we cannot see the brain without CT or MRI, a neurological exam and medical management of brain swelling would be required to make Rello more comfortable which may stop him from pacing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Otis
Chihuahua
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

clear discharge from nose
Neurological Problems

Medication Used

Antibiotics

I just adopted a dog from a shelter in CA. He came to them as a stray so they have no history on him. He was there for 3 weeks and when we adopted him he was sick, which isnt unusual in the shelter system. He has been on 4 rounds of antibiotics and while he has improved some, he still has clear discharge from his nasal cavities and displays neurological symptoms such as being wobbly, stumbling, and falling over at times. I'm concerned at this point that he has more going on than a simple case of the shelter flu.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Clear discharge from the nose may be allergies, environmental irritants, foreign bodies, tumours etc… The neurological symptoms may be due to something more serious; causes include liver disease, kidney disease, vestibular disease, poisoning, brain swelling, past trauma causing spinal problems and the list goes on. It would be best (also given his age) to have some blood tests and x-rays done just to get a better picture of his health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Shitzu pekignese
2 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Limping
Seizure
rolling,biting,twisting

My small dog got dropped from the balcony of the stairs by a toddler on accident and then began to have a seizure, her eyes we're rolling back and she was twisting around , do you think she has internal bleeding ? She has never had a seizure before ever and now she seems to be fine but I'm not sure of it, she was also limping. Going to get a check up soon but what do you think of it ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma may cause seizures, brain swelling and haematomas; the seizures may recur over the period of a few weeks. It would be best to have Bella checked out to make sure there are no other injuries, especially to the spine which may present with problems at a later date. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Siberian Husky
4 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Blindness
Balance Loss
Wobbly

My dog went in for a spay surgery. While still at the vet recovering a few hours after surgery, she began internally bleeding and became unconscious. She was left unattended for at least 2 hours so the time frame is unclear. She was taken to emergency vet when she was discovered and they fixed the internal bleeding but now she has brain damage due to the blood loss and lack of oxygen to her brain during that time. She currently cannot see but her eyes react to light. Her back legs are not strong enough for her to stand by herself and she is very wobbly and has trouble balancing. It has been 4 days since the surgeries and each day she slightly improves in terms of activity and movement. I am wondering if she will ever have a full life again- if she will be able to mentally be ok, if it is possible her eye sight will return, and if she will be able to walk or even run again on her own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a difficult question to answer as there are many variables involved: How much blood bled internally? Timeframe from loss of consciousness to treatment? Effectiveness of treatment etc… It is a good sign that there is improvement each day; the pupil reflex and vision are serviced by different nerves so that can work independently of each other. It is just a case of wait and see the improvement overtime. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your response. She lost a large amount of blood, she had only 14% of her red blood count when she entered the emergency vet. Time frame from loss of consciousness to treatment was between 1-3 hours. Last night, she had multiple seizures but has since restablalized with anti-seizure medication.

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Harley
Dachshund
8 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Pupils are different sizes
Seizure
Running into things

My mom's puppy got bit by her larger female dog. She took her to the emergency vet clinic and X-rays showed she had a hairline fracture on the right side of her nose up close to her eye. She got to go home that night even though her right eye was very swollen. The next day she woke up and walked in circles and wasn't eating or drinking. My mom took her back and she stayed over night and received medication for swelling and IV fluids. After two nights at the clinic, my mom took her home and it seemed she was going to make a full recovery. She was playing with her brothers, wagging her tail, eating, drinking and walking in a straight line. However, 8 days after the incident she all of a sudden was extremely restless, and started running into the wall and falling over when walking. My mom took her back to the clinic and while she was there she had a seizure. After the seizure, one pupil was a pinpoint and not responding. Her blood pressure or glucose was fine. They put her on mantadol(sp?) for swelling and her pupils started to respond. She will be getting a Ct scan later this evening. My question is, why after the week long recovery did this happen all of a sudden? What are the chances of it being an infection since she didn't have a fever? If the Ct scan shows swelling, what are the options my mom will have for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst not usual, some traumatic brain injuries may take days or over a week to develop which is why in human medicine they like to take a CT or MRI of the brain after traumatic injury to rule out swelling or bleeds on the brain. Infection isn’t likely, but if there is brain injury the thermoregulatory control may not be functioning correctly giving a normal physiological temperature. Any swelling found would be treated with steroids along with supportive and symptomatic care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roo
Chihuahua pit mix
4 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Swaying
Head shaking

Hello, my puppy is about 4 months old and he fell out of a shopping basket about 2 months ago (he hit his head) and right after he started wobbling and kept falling over. His head was also swaying back and forth and he seemed really lost. The next day he seemed better so we didn't take him to the vet. But now (2 months later) his head started swaying again and I don't know what could be wrong?

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There are many different causes of neurological symptoms including trauma, infection, spinal issues and congenital disorders. To diagnose the problem, you would need to take Roo for a neurological examination as some congenital disorders present within the first six months of age. The falling out of the shopping basket is probably not at fault, but the cause needs to be found. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teeni
German Sheppard mix
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Circling
Cries a lot
Knot on head
Eye Swollen

A 11lb glass vase fell on to her head while I was at work. She isn't the same dog. One of her eyes are swollen. They're both showing blood on the inside of them. She can't eat nor drink (I'm still feeding her though).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma is more severe in puppies than adult dogs as their skulls are still developing and bones are softer. It is most likely that Teeni has brain swelling which would be extremely painful. With the symptoms you have described, there is no at home treatment and you should take Teeni immediately to a Veterinarian for an examination and x-ray and to start treatment along with supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Elijah
Great Dane
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head traum
Balance Loss
Vision Problems

My 2 months Great Dane fell while jumping to say hello duento the floor beeing slippery.
After a day his head was tilted to the left. Next day it remained so then I took him to the vet.
It's was seen that he had no fast blink response on his left eye and he was also losing balance.
What's the best treatment for such head trauma? It's reversible? Will he have any development difficulties? Is there any specific thing that I should give a higher attention now while he grows?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma is always difficult to determine the severity of without an MRI or CT scan which aren’t commonplace in Veterinary Practice. It is possible that there is some brain swelling which may explain the symptoms Elijah is presenting. Depending on other factors, steroids may help with the swelling, but ultimately a wait and see approach would be taken. In young dogs, damage to the growth plates also needs to be considered as angular limb deformities can cause problems in larger breed dogs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rhino
Pug Chihuahua mix
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty of Breathing
Spinning in circles
Throwing up

Rhino only lies down or spins in circles, he won't eat or drink, I think he's been throwing up (constant wet fur on his throat), one eye faces out, while the other faces forward. I think he has a hard time breathing, and yawns a lot. We don't know what happened, but we think he was hit by a car last night, and we can't get a vet appointment until tomorrow. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is an emergency clinic near you, visit there regardless of cost. Brain injury is very hard to determine the severity of and nursing care before visiting your Veterinarian would consist of trying to keep Rhino calm and giving him water to his mouth slowly, possibly from your finger encouraging him to lick it off; food is not as important he can go until morning with food but still try to get him to eat, some wet food on your finger again getting him to lick it off may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

His eyes face the same direction now as well.

He is also foaming at the mouth, not sure if from seizures, or the difficulty drinking water.

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Roxy
Labrador Retriever
4months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain,eye sight a little off,slobbering

I have a 4 month old female puppy that got tossed off the bed by my three year old (I had no idea she even got her on the bed) I heard her puppy cry and ran to her I picked her up and as soon as I took her outside to try n walk she pooped and peed she was slobbering everywhere she was crieng a lot. I tried calling every vet and emergency hospital vets are closed and the hospitals only take money up front and I just got denied for credit care. She is walking around she ate and is drinking water like crazy her tail is wagging away now as she walks around we are trying to keep it together until tommorow. Is there anything I should or shouldn't be doing with everything I have said after this accident

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of brain injury, it is important that the puppy isn’t in any pain, remains hydrated and receives symptomatic treatment (i.e. for seizures). The problem is if there is bleeding on the brain or an increase of pressure as this would need to be managed by a Veterinarian. Until you visit your Veterinarian, keep an eye on her and don’t try to medicate her at home. Ensure she gets rest, keep engaging her and ensure that she continues to drink. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snowy
German Shepherd
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding through nose
broken rib
Swollen head
Heavy Breathing
Eye twitching

My dog was hit by a car, although im not too clear how it happened. When we got to her shortly after, she was laying on the ground and breathing heavily, her nose was bleeding too. We brought her to the vet immediately and the vet told us that she had broken a rib and her brain was swollen. One side of her head was swollen and the other part had a twitching eye . I would like to seek your advice on how she would recover.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is very difficult to determine prognosis after a road traffic accident; the prognosis would be dependent on the control of the brain swelling, the amount of bleeding (or size of haematoma) on the brain, the number and type of bones broken (if any) as well as the extent of soft tissue injury. Without examining Snowy I cannot give a prognosis as each trauma case is individual and is evaluated on a case by case basis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Shih Tzu
16 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Uncoordination
Tilted head
Loss of Balance
Wobbly
Vomiting
Shaking

I tripped and fell with my dog in my arms. Her head hit the corner night stand hard enough to knock over one of my pictures. She seems to be doing fine now. She is starting to act like herself again. She wants to get up and walk but is wobbly trying to do so. She is drinking water but doesn't want to eat right now. She threw up twice. All she wants to do is cuddle. She is able to lift her head also. I don't have the money to take her to the vet. Will she be okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is impossible without a physical examination to tell you that she is going to be OK; we don’t know the underlying damaged that the fall has caused, does she have a bleed on the brain? Subsequent inner ear problems affecting her balance? I would highly recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination regardless of cost since I am unable to help online as I am unable to examine her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
undefined Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Depression
Lethargy
Shaking

I just brought in a rescue dog. I don't know much about her age or even exactly what breed she is. The other day I let her outside, and she ran back inside full speed, but I hadn't yet opened the sliding door and she ran right into the glass. She's a tiny thing and I know she got hurt from it... Since then she has been doing nothing but sleep and go out when I take her. She hasn't eaten much.... She does watch us move around, but she isn't following us around like she usually does. Is this something that will pass after a few days or should I take her in? Her shakiness has gone away, but the low energy remains. Any input would be appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am always happy to hear rescue dogs being taken in; there are many loving dogs in search of loving homes. Any type of head injury should be treated as an emergency especially if behavioural changes occur, the dog becomes lethargic or starts shaking. Your Veterinarian will want to take an x-ray of Harley’s skull and neck to check for fractures or any other abnormalities as well as carrying out a neurological examination. Your Veterinarian may be able to manage the symptoms make Harley more comfortable after this event. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Finn
Yorkipoo
@7
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

My rescue was estimated to be 5 two yrs. ago. He was ill, had no socialization, and was crazed/traumatized. He's made incredible strides, plays with female dogs and some people, follows commands...But he also has moments of being terrified. If he's fallen asleep and wakes up to the lighting being different, he doesn't recognize anyone. He has fears of shadows and people "looming" over other people or pets (we have to show him there is space and safety--even though he knows us). Twice, he has inexplicably lost consciousness; the first time was at the top of a flight of stairs, landing on concrete. The second was less intense and was a brief "outage" in the kitchen on his way to the water dish. These were not rigidly-posed seizures, so I don't know what they were. One last thing I wonder about with him...I was going to take a photo of him wearing another pack member's "Doggles" which are UV blocking, safety goggles for dogs. My boy hates to be groomed, handled, etc., but when these sunglasses were on him, he shifted gears and relaxed...making me wonder if his eyes hurt...or what the mechanism is that would cause him to like them.
The two vets we've taken him to (for other reasons--he somehow hurts his forelegs every few months, possibly leaping/falling off of things) have disregarded any concern that he may have a neurological issue without examining him for that...But he holds his urine until you literally have to remind him to empty his bladder...yet he's twice wet his bed in recent months.
Since I don't know what happened to him before he came to live with me, I don't know what is his personality and what could be the result of having been hit by a car or something...The shelter would tell me nothing about his origins. Why does he lose consciousness and is that a seizure? Why does he freak out at people he knows but if you flash lights at him, he might snap out of it?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It’s great to hear that you welcomed Finn into your home from a shelter; there are many dogs just like him looking for a loving home. Animals which come from a shelter have, as you are aware, an unknown history in the majority cases. When an animal wakes up (just like humans) it may take a little time for them to know where they are; if the lighting or something else has changed in the room, when he wakes up may trigger a response from his past which may incite fear in him. Remember that there is five years of his life you cannot account for. Regarding the two outage’s he has had, it is difficult to diagnose this type of seizure (if a seizure), seizures are categorised in to different categories depending on severity and the parts of the brain affected. Unfortunately without a full history it will be difficult to diagnose a condition brought on by previous injury or disease. There are reports of ocular compression (i.e. when Finn is wearing doggles) which helps to calm an animal by stimulating a response from the Vagus Nerve, but this is reported when pressure is applied to the eyeball (which the doggles wouldn’t touch). Finn would require a full neurological examination (which may indicate nothing) before a diagnosis could start to be made. When he has a seizure or uncharacteristic moment, try to note what he was doing before, how long it lasts for, if he is conscious during, any rigidity as well as the time of day which would all be useful information for a Veterinarian to make a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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None
Less than 1 year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

I found a young raccoon that was hit by a car. He is awake but does not have much control over his extremities. Accident occurred early Thursday morning. He doesn't want to eat or drink. Is there anything I can do to help besides keep him comfortable and let nature run its course? He is still urinating . How long before eating and drinking becomes major concern?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would suggest finding a Veterinarian to examine and to treat (or euthanize) the raccoon but this may be difficult. Depending on the severity of his injuries he may not be able to live in the wild and live the normal life he should have. I never like to use the term “let nature run its course” because it gives me images of suffering; but if he isn’t drinking or eating, without Veterinary help (or intervention i.e: euthanasia) nature would run its course. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Winnie
Dachshund
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Weakness
Vomiting

Medication Used

Carprofen
Tramadol
Clavamox antibiotic- oral

We are not giving her any of the pain meds...we tried with the antibiotic but since she is trowing up we didn't want to try the pain meds.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I still believe it would be better for you to take Winnie to her Veterinarian (or an emergency Veterinarian if appropriate) as the cause of the gagging and vomiting can be identified and if appropriate the Veterinarian may prescribe an antiemetic (which the Veterinarian would inject) to control the vomiting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Winnie
Dachshund
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Gagging
Vomiting

Medication Used

Carprofen
Tramadol
Clavamox antibiotic- oral

Aftwr a fight with another dog the doctor reccommended to take her to. Neurologist, we beought her home but we noticed that she is not keeeping the food in her stomach. She is throwing up everything even water. She gag and kind of cough and the throws up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of nausea / vomiting in dogs. One of the causes may be due to the Tramadol that Winnie has been prescribed; some of the side effects of Tramadol are vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness and lethargy. If this continues, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check if it is caused by the Tramadol or if it is due to a medical condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oscar
Chihuahua
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Sneezing

My dog fell of a ledge about 4ft high on to hard floor last friday.. he had a bleeding nose for a very short time.been to the vet they say hes fine but he seems to have a runny nose mostly from 1 nostril . Its clear and very runny. Hes acting normal appart from being very tired and struggling to breath when trying to sleep and when he gets excited due to the runny nose,

He's eating and drinking as normal and going to the toilet as normal.

Should I be worried?

Read more at: https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/brain-injury

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. It sounds like Oscar has trauma induced rhinitis; in this condition the nasal overproduces mucus leading to the nasal discharge. Rhinitis may be caused by a variety of causes; but if it is caused by trauma and there are no complications it may resolve itself over time. If an infection becomes established, it would need to be treated with antibiotics. If Oscar gets worse, revisit your Veterinarian to check him over again to ensure that there are no other complications from the fall. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

 

 

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Lola
Maltese
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Uncoordination

My dog head and body wobbles

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. If your dog is generally wobbly it may be caused either by trauma, poisonous agent, infection (of the inner ear for example) vestibular disease or idiopathic in origin. A physical and neurological examination by your local Veterinarian would need to be carried out to determine the underlying cause of the wobbling. If it is caused by an infection, a course of antibiotics may treat the infection and resolve the wobbling; but, if the cause is idiopathic, medical management may help but wouldn’t be able to resolve the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brian
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

My dog had a fall about 7 months ago, i didnt see him land but when i got to him he was frozen standing there and when i scooped him up he was having a seizure. It lasted for a few minutes, i thought maybe he landed on his back or broke something , but he wasn't crying out in pain and eventually he got back to normal and started walking around. But since then hes had a few seizures that i have been witness to. Tonight, he was on my bed and came to me and it started. He stiffened up and was shaking and then his head was swaying around. It was fast then stop but then he had another little one. After he calmed down he threw up. He had never had a seizure before his fall. I googled seizures in dogs and saw head trauma. So im thinking maybe he fell on his head. Is it common for dogs to have random seizures like this for so long after the possible head trauma? Thank you..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Seizures have many different causes (poisoning, trauma, infections, liver failure, kidney failure to name a few), but given Brian’s history of a fall followed by a seizure we need to investigate the connection as well as ruling out any other cause. You will need to visit your Veterinarian for a physical and neurological examination which will help rule out other causes of seizures as well as finding a way to manage the seizures if they are a result of the trauma. Before you visit your Veterinarian, if you have information regarding the seizures: interval between, duration, potential triggers (like flashing lights or excitement), consciousness level, urination and defecation, would help your Veterinarian in determining the cause and prescribing treatment. Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 10 week old puppy fell off the couch and he started crying nonstop for a straight week wouldn’t want to eat or sleep all that week he was awake he would walk around and crash into stuff and when you would call him he wouldn’t listen to you like he was deaf or when you would want him to look at you he wouldn’t look at you he would just look down until the vet gave him medicine to help him sleep now we have to feed him by a tube so he eats all he does is sleep now. And when he wakes up he walks in circles with his head down.

Our 8 week puppy got attacked by a loose pitbull her head is swollen and her eyes are nearly swollen shut her back legs don't work to well she tries to walk but tumbles over. This happened 2 nights ago and it seems to be getting worse. She ofter turns in a circle while sitting down and she is always crying in pain. Even if she's not moving she will randomly start crying. What could I do?

My 2 week old puppy fell off the bed an now its head is swollen and i think its blood . i cant afford a vet. What can i do.

I have a 4 yr old small yorkie that was born with soft spot on her head and has fell a few times screaming. She has a few seizures and she is not normal like other dogs...when you touch her her skin Twitches and she fights to be put down and does go in circles at times when excited..I've had her at vet but seems like no help...she sleeps a lot during the day..is there anything I can do to help her?

My boxer pit has had recently a kind of pointed area in her head, is this dangerous?

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Maximo
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My cooker spaniel 11 years dog is having loss in control of movements of the body his right side is face down and he is falling down when working...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. There are many causes of loss of coordination; they may be caused by: trauma, poisoning, stroke, infection, parasites, dehydration, endocrine disorders or organ (liver, kidney or heart) failure. A visit to your Veterinarian is important to find the underlying cause for these symptoms and to provide treatment or symptomatic therapy to give the best chance of a favourable outcome. Your Veterinarian will perform a physical examination, neurological examination as well as blood counts and biochemistry in order to make a definitive diagnosis. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian as soon as possible, as many conditions are time sensitive and the earlier the treatment is started, the more favourable the prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My lab got out of the house a few days ago and came back with clean cut on her leg after stitches the emergency vet told me she should be fine but she hasn’t been acting normal or anywhere close we went to a vet for a second opinion on why she wasn’t eating it being herself and he told us she is just in shock of trauma but after another day she was just not right we went for a third opinion and was told she might have been hit by a car and might have a concussion she just had a seizure and is still not herself i am very worried and would love some help

I hit my 7mo old teacup Yorkie in the head with a golf ball on accident. She was approximately 7ft away as I was practing my chip shots. She yelped and ran around until I scooped her up to settle her down. Afterwards she seems tired and spacey. I can't see or feel any bumps, but I'm worried I caused some serious damage. My husband thinks she is fine and just in shock. What should I look for and how long is too long to wait before bringing her in?

My lab got hit by a car and his head is a little swollen he doesn't have any of the symptoms except pacing back and forth when he has to use the bathroom but he used to do that before hand to let us know! What's do you think?

My 9lb mini pin was head butted very hard by another dog that was bigger than her. Now she walks funny, is in pain a lot, shakes constantly, runs into things, stays in her cage with a blank stare most of the time. What should we do?

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Chi-Chi
Chihuahua
7 Years
Critical
Has Symptoms
Paralysis
Attacked by another dog
Quigley
Chihuahua
Serious
Has Symptoms
Paralysis
My Chihuahua was attacked by my large breed dog and bitten on each side of the neck. Penetration was not deep since he had a jacket on but the injury resulted in paralysis of the front legs. The dog is alert and recognises me with tail wagging. The vet diagnosed brain injury which is being treated with cortisone to decrease any swelling. At day 2 there has been no change in the condition. The dog eats and drinks normally but urinating is messy as he cannot get up.
Axl Rose
Yorkshire Terrier
5 Weeks
Serious
Has Symptoms
Muscle Tremors
Vision Problems
Pain
Nose Bleed
Drowsiness
Wobbly Rear Gait
Circling
Uncoordination
Lethargy
Seizures
Immobility
Weakness
Yelp When Lifted
Head Tilt
One of my 5 week old puppies was taken by the nose and shaken severly by a female dog for no apparent reason. The nose bleeding and he was howling. I immediatley took him to the vet and by the time I got there he was nonresponsive, his right arm was contracted to his chest, his left arm was extended, and both legs were extended and scissored. Being a ICU nurse I knew that TBI might never recover. The vet immediately gave him steroids and I held him in an upright position in a dark room and kept him warm for over two hours. The vet did an x-ray of the skull and nothing was apparently wrong, although there was a pocket of fluid on his forehead. It appeared the fontanel was not damanged on the x-ray so the vet aspirated the fluid. There was no sign of CSF. I brought him home and gave him 1cc goat milk and 1cc nutrical every hour for the first 24-36 hours He continued to howl and I had to try and stimulate swallowing but most of the time I just tried to keep him from aspirating. With every feeding he received physical therapy of stretching and moving. I also started him on phenobarb because he had one grandmal seizure and was having several petite mal seizures. By day three he was releasing his right arm and his legs were moving more freely. I increased his feeding times and the amount of food, goat milk, and nutrical I was giving him. Now 2 weeks later he no longer howls, his left eye that was deviated is straight, he is able to lap his milk and food out of a bowl if I put his head in the bowl, and he only walks in circles 50% of the time. I have increased his socialization with his brother and I allow his brother to rough-house with him occasionally. He knows where his little dark box bed is and he walks into it and sleeps in it every night. I don't know what the future holds but he has come so far but he's been off his phenobarb 5 days, no seizure activity, gaining weight and today while standing he took his back leg and scratched his belly. Yeaa
Kito
Chihuahua
9 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Shaking
Aggression
About a year ago, my husband and I were living in LA for a few months, we brought our dogs, but we didn't have a yard, so we needed to walk them to go potty. One morning Kito, our 8 year old (at the time) chihuahua mix got loose on his walk. He saw another dog and darted across the street...he hit a car, and kept going. Got to the other dog and sat down. He seemed okay, we watched him and he had no symptoms of anything. Flash forward, he is starting to get more aggressive. While he's always been aggressive, he goes after the other two dogs in the household and at times goes into the red zone. Nighttime he is more aggressive than during the day. He tries to bite and has bitten us, to the point that we have to remove him from the bed (our dogs sleep with us). When he sleeps he has these shaking episodes that usually can only be calmed if I put my hand on him to calm him. This happens in his sleep and his sleep is not disrupted. We've tried Trazadone as prescribed by his vet, but that really doesn't seem to touch his behaviors. Looking to see what this is and how we can possibly treat it.
Dog
9 Weeks
Mild
Has Symptoms
Vision Problems
Disorientation
Loss Of Balance
I have a 9 wk old Mastiff puppy we believe suffered anoxia during a c-section. It took them a while to get him out because he was high up in one horn. His symptoms are impaired vision though his eyes appear normal to my vet it is clear he does not see well. He looses his balance easily and has no depth perception. He does better in a room without slippery floors and without any elevation changes like throw rugs. What can I do to help this little guy although at 30lbs already he will not be little long. I have owned and bred Mastiffs since 1979 and I have never seen this before. I have seen it in foals many times and they seem to come out of it well most times. He seems happy, eats well and checks out healthy in all other ways. Can some one please give me advice?
Bandit
Dog
13 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Aggression
My dog jumped out the window of a car and harmed himself doing so. His back, ribs and legs were hurting for a week. Even though the pain subsided he has been acting aggressive. Growling or snarling when someone touches him and when my other dog, who he gets along with normally, gets close to him. I would like to know if the injury he sustained affected his brain somehow.
Penny
Pomeranian
3 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Shallow Rapid Breathing
Circling
Separation Anxiety
Loss Of Balance
My 20 pound Pomeranian got kicked in the head by my horse. We took her to the vet right away and she had no broken skull bones and a cut right by her eye. He gave her a shot for inflammation and sent us on our way saying she look good and that if throwing up or her continued to circle every time she moved to come back. I haven't had to care for an animal that has head trauma and she is my baby, I was looking for advice and things that i should and shouldn't do
Anarchy
Chihuahua
7 Weeks
Critical
Has Symptoms
Swelling
Sleeping All The Time
She was normal and all of the sudden swelling on left side of head under ear. Became lethargic, sleeps a lot, breathing is harsh. Restless and whimpering but not coherent. PLEASE help me..... vet said she as gonna die without surgery. I can't afford it.. please.. give me peace in know what it might be. She didn't fall or anything. NO trauma to head. Please please.. someone...
Elsa
Shih Tzu
3 Years
Fair
Has Symptoms
Drowsiness
My dog hit her face/head on my wood coffee table. There was a very loud noise. She seems fine. She is alert, and eating. But I am still very nervous.