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What is Head Trauma?

Canines have thicker skulls with more muscle mass covering them than we do, so head trauma is less common. It is however, just as dangerous when it does occur. If your dog has sustained a serious blow to the head and is showing any symptoms of head trauma, take your pet to the nearest veterinary clinic for emergency treatment. Swelling in the brain from head trauma that is left untreated can lead to seizures, coma, and even death.

If left untreated, head trauma can become fatal. If your dog sustains serious trauma to the head, contact a veterinarian to assess your companion's condition.

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Symptoms of Head Trauma in Dogs

The symptoms for dogs with head trauma are very similar to the human symptoms. Cuts, bruises, or lumps on the head may indicate trauma to the head along with:

  • Bleeding from the nose or ears
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Death
  • Disorientation
  • Facial weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Paralysis 
  • Pupil dilation 
  • Seizures
  • Stumbling

If you notice these symptoms, especially after a recent blow to the head, bring your pet into the veterinarian immediately for treatment.

Types

Several types of injuries to the brain can occur due to trauma to the head itself.

Concussion - The most common form of head trauma; a concussion is when the brain is violently traumatized from an impact, and can cause temporary or permanent damage

Contusion - A direct impact to the head causes this condition, characterized by bleeding on the brain.

Coup-Contrecoup - This occurs when there is a contusion at the site of impact and one on the opposite side from the brain hitting the inside of the skull

Diffuse Axonal - This is caused by strong shaking or rotation, and is characterized by tearing of the nerve tissues; this condition can cause damage that is spread across several areas of the brain

Causes of Head Trauma in Dogs

Dog skulls are thicker than human skulls and they have more robust musculature on their heads so head trauma is not as common in canines as in humans. Damage to the head can occur in several ways. The most common causes of head injuries to dogs are car accidents, rough play or fighting with other dogs, and falls from a high elevation.

Diagnosis of Head Trauma in Dogs

If your dog experiences head trauma, there are several tests that are likely to be done to assess the level of damage that has occurred. Your veterinarian will get information about the onset of the symptoms and about the dog’s overall medical history. Blood will be drawn to get a complete blood count and biochemistry profile which will help uncover any toxins or imbalances that might be present. These samples will be compared with previous tests to check for changes in the functioning of the liver and kidneys. 

X-rays of the head and neck area may be helpful in determining if there is any fracturing of the skull where the trauma occurred, although a computerized tomography (CT) scan will get a clearer image of both the skull and brain. Although magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is not yet common as an imaging technique for canines as it is expensive and requires the dog to be fully sedated, it can be useful in certain situations to diagnose injuries to the brain and spinal cord.

Treatment of Head Trauma in Dogs

Initial treatment should begin when the injury or symptoms of injury are first noticed. Shock can be a life-threatening condition in cases of head trauma and efforts should be made to keep the injured animal calm and warm. If the patient loses consciousness during transportation, gently open the mouth and pull the tongue forward to clear the airway. If your dog’s heart stops then CPR should begin right away. Signs of shock include pale or bluish gums, irregular heart rate, lowered temperature, and slowed mental activity. Wounds to the head often bleed copiously and direct pressure should be applied to the laceration to stop the bleeding and a water or saline solution-soaked compress should be applied to protect it from infection during transport to the nearest veterinary clinic. 

Supportive measures will be offered to your pet as needed when you arrive at the veterinarian clinic. These will most likely include intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Your pet will be closely monitored for signs of swelling in the brain while recovering from the trauma. If swelling occurs, diuretics and corticosteroids may provide some relief. Neurological testing will help your dog’s doctor to assess if there is a sudden change in mental status.

Recovery of Head Trauma in Dogs

If your dog’s heart stops beating it is important to perform CPR to get the blood moving through the circulatory system. The steps for successful CPR are: 

1. On a flat surface, lay your dog on his side.

2. Place one hand on top of the other over the widest portion of the rib cage, not over the heart. (For puppies and toy breed dogs, put just your thumb on one side of the chest and the rest of your fingers on the other side.)

3. Keeping your arms straight, push down on the rib cage. Compress the chest ¼ of its width. Squeeze and release rhythmically at a rate of 80 compressions per minute.

4. Continue CPR until your dog breathes on his own and has a steady heartbeat or until the veterinary staff can take over for you.

A pet who has suffered trauma to the head should remain on a limited activity level for two weeks minimum after returning home from the hospital. There may be secondary effects from the injury which should be monitored. Your veterinarian can guide you as to the expected recovery rate for your companion.

Head Trauma Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Missy
Yorkshire Terrier
9 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

seizure, walk well

My puppy became ill. The neurologist could not do a complete physical and neurologic examination because of her condition. She stated the possible causes as being a portosystemic shunt, microvasculature dysplasia, various types of infection, an immune-mediated inflammation, or other congenital deficits. Based on the severity of her signs her prognosis was considered poor for any of the above-listed conditions. Could there have been other possible causes based on the puppy's symptoms such as head trauma, toxins or a change in puppy's diet. Could the diagnosis be officially rule as a congenital deficit without a completed neurologic examination, CT, MRI or necropsy? Puppy sypmtoms, possible seizure, unable to walk well, possibly urinated and vomited, unable to hold head up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Missy I cannot fully weigh in but if the Neurologist gave you a wide variety of possible causes then I don’t know what to suggest unfortunately; head trauma and poisoning are possible causes but a congenital disorder is more likely especially if symptoms have been present from birth (or shortly after birth). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sydney
Yorkshire Terrier
10 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Uncoordinated
Head trauma
Short on breath
Wheezing

Medication Used

All kinds of things

My little yorkie hit her head and was knocked out. We took her right away to the the vet she started coming out of it when we got there about 15 min later. She has hairline fractures on her skull, but the biggest issue is that she can’t breath. This happened on Sun. Today is Wed. her breathing is getting worse! They have her in with oxygen. They put her on antibiotics, thinking maybe pneumonia. How could this happen with head trauma? I am so afraid we will lose her! Any help/ advice I would be thankful for, I just don’t understand.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many nerve centers that control breathing in the brain, and if she has trauma to the base of her skull, that may have affected her breathing. Without knowing more about her, I can't comment on why she is having this problem, but it would be reasonable to ask the veterinarians taking care of her to help you understand what might be happening.

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Scooby
sticker
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding nose

Hello my 9months old sticker got bumped by a car this morning. The dog was sleeping under the car and my husband reversed the car, the dog is bleeding from the nose and its not opening its eyes. He didn't take to the vet because he feels its going to die in a few minutes, but I thought if we took it to a vet it has a chance of making it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A trip to a Veterinarian should be made regardless whether it is for emergency treatment or for euthanasia; without evaluating Scooby’s injuries I cannot say whether he would survive treatment or not but if the wheels went over his body the prognosis is grave. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tucker
Bishon, Sheltie, and Australian Shepard
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping all the time
Red Eyes
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Rimadyl
simplicef

My dog was attacked by another dog yesterday. I took him to the vet and he has a few wounds but they didn't see anything life threatening. They were a little concerned about the nose bleeding, the redness in his eyes and the heavy breathing. Other than licking his lips, loss of appetite and lots of resting, he isn't showing signs of abnormal behavior. Should I still take him to a second opinion or just give it time for him to recuperate?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If wounds are superficial there shouldn’t be much to worry about, the medications (Rimadyl for pain and Simplicef for infection) prescribed will be beneficial in preventing infection and easing discomfort or pain; you need to check his wounds and eyes for signs of infection and ensure that they remain clean and free of debris. Take a wait and see approach and keep him indoors and supervise his outdoor toilet time; try feeding Tucker a different more appetising food to get him to eat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tessa
Shepard/Rottweiler mix
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching

Hi I just got my two month old puppy from an adoption agency her name is Tessa.I have a huge concern Tessa has twitching above her ears I'm afraid it could be something serious.Her eating is fine she is picky I've changed her foods she plays around.Can you help?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I cannot examine Tessa or determine if there is anything wrong with her ears or skin over an email, unfortunately. If you are concerned and think that the twitching isn't normal, it would be best to have Tessa seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at her, check her skin and ears, and see if there is anything going on that needs to be treated. I hope that all goes well for her!

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Jill
Lab mix
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Licking floor. Swollen red snout
Licking floor

My dog is licking but it's sucking somehow the floor her bed her paw the dirt. Her mouth is blood red swollen and she threw up for 2days straight. Her stomach made loud noises during and she has gas unlike anything I've known please help me. Give me an idea what could be wrong

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is certainly strange behaviour and you should visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination; if there has been traumatic head injury it may explain this behaviour but I cannot think of any other specific cause. You should keep Jill in a crate and place a cone on her for the time being so that she doesn’t cause any further injury and visit your Veterinarian when they open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Piper
Pit bull
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Red eyes tiredness

My puppy jumped off a chair onto a hard floor and hit her hard hard enough to where you could hear a noise. She’s played since but she’s been tired but that’s kinda normal for her but she has red eyes...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Piper, it is hard for me to comment on whether she is okay, or if she has a problem. I'm not sure how long ago this happened, but if her eyes are red and she seems lethargic, it may be a good idea to have her examined, just to make sure that she is okay. Puppies tend to be pretty resilient, but if she did suffer any head trauma it would be best to be treated.

My dog fell of my bed and is now drooling really bad and weasing what do i do

My dog got bit on the head & has a lump, above it. What do I do? He's bleeding from his nose & I can head stuff in his throat.

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Teddy
Yorkipoo
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sad
Lethargy
nervous
isolated

Medication Used

Anti-Vomit Injection

Teddy is my 1yr old Yorkiepoo that has been an amazing, fun energetic little guy ever since we got him. His energy and love is what drew us to him. Now comes the accident that has me requesting your opinion... I was walking passed my couch heading to the bathroom with my iPhone X in my hand as Teddy was playing on the other side of the couch with my fiancé. I flicked my phone onto the couch like a frisbee. As the phone left my hand, Teddy jumped onto the empty side of the couch and the phone struck him directly in the forehead. He yelped, dropped to the ground screaming but didn't move. I immediately went to scoop him up, because I was scared I severely hurt him, and place him on the couch again with my fiancé. He urinated a bit as well. He then walked away from me and has been totally different. He seems very scared, lethargic, and doesn't seem to want to do anything. He was also vomiting often and didnt eat or drink the rest of the night and next day. He also lays in his kennel while our other puppy is out running around full of energy (because he made her that way). I took Teddy to an animal hospital the evening after the accident and the vet performed "Neurological Tests" but said all his vitals were fine. They said he must have eaten something that was irritating his GI tract. However, I feel as though they dismissed the fact he was hit on the head. He still hasn't been acting normal and its been 3 days now. What should I do? Will he ever be the same?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Teddy I cannot say for certain, but the urination, vomiting and behavioural changes after the head injury are indicative of head trauma; I would recommend visiting another Veterinarian to be on the safe side since I cannot give you any assurances without examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Do you have an Update on Teddy? My puppy had the EXACT same thing happen today, except he fell off the couch.

I have had a similar experience regarding those respective symptoms. In these situations of a head trauma, will they recover within a matter of days? or are these symptoms to stay?
What home treatment can they undertake to get better?

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Peach
Labrador Retriever cross
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
blinking

My dog (9 weeks) was running around our coffee table and she was playing and I think she lifted her head up to fast and hit the corner of the table and she yelped ans it startled her. When I went to look at her she was blinking one eye over and over so i think she hit her eye too... she was playing right after and eating. I cannot keep her still enough to see her pupils. she is a deep sleeper anyway but she was sleeping and I called her name and she didnt respond until 5 or 6 tries... she was okay this morning but is there anything else i should be looking for?

Thank you!
Taylor

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With any case of head trauma I always recommend visiting a Veterinarian for an examination since brain injury may have delayed onset of symptoms which may present after a few days, weeks or months. Without examining Peach I cannot give you any specific advice, but would recommend having your Veterinarian check her and to check her eye as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a one year old chichauaua that got hit with a car and now has traumatic brain trauma and the vets emergenct hospital said they didnt no how bad does anyone have any advice on what i can do far as sleeping arrangements?? And how i can help him

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zazie
Chihuahua
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Salivation

my dog was chasing our other big dogs then she didnt notice the pole that was in front of her while she was running rapidly she bumped her head hard and we dont know how to treat her

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Zazie should be seen by a veterinarian if she has had that degree of head trauma. She may need hospitalization and monitoring, or treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Mazie
Maltese
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My Maltese is 3 and just got in a fight with a big dog and has a gash on her head by her brow. It’s bleeding and looks deep but she seems fine. I’m afraid she needs stitches or something because the area is swelling...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is deep, Mazie may well need stitches so it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to look at the wound to clean it and to place a few sutures if needed; swelling is a normal reaction to trauma and is the body’s way of defending itself. Clean with wound with a dilute antiseptic but please visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ninja
Mix
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Blood in nose

My puppy is 4 months old. Yesterday he went outside as I was feeding my big dogs and got attacked by one. He was bleeding from his nose and mouth. Today the blood has stopped but he keeps crying and walking in circles.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ninja should be seen by your veterinarian to determine the extent of the damage from the fight, and whether he needs pain medication or antibiotics. I hope that he is okay.

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Felix
Yorkshire Terrier
16 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tiredness
Lethargy
Dark spaces

My puppy is 2 months old exactly today, we were playing and he dug his teeth into my toes and instinctively I shook my foot. But a little to hard and my puppy landed on his back and I think he hit his head. From my observation it looked like he got the wind knocked out of him because he immediately gasped for air and looked like he was going to through up. I checked his pupils to see if they were reactive to light which they are. I’m a nurse and have used some what of my nursing skills for head injury on him. And it seems like he may have a minor concussion. He seems lethargic, and just wants to be hidden in a dark space. He was breathing heavily and rapidly before but now is regular. I’m just scared of brain swelling since his fontenelles do not close till 4 months.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Brain swelling is always a concern with head trauma, however I cannot give you any assurances; I am sure that you are aware of the signs and will monitor Felix regularly. However if you notice any of the symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side and to discuss management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Aero
Basset Hound
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

breathing
Shaking

Hi there! My 11 month old Basset hound hit her head very hard against a side of a wall... she was frightened but then we went for our walk, she was actually fine, ate her food, played in the house. But then she fell asleep and then she was shaking... I’m so scared... she is fine now... please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Aero may be fine, and the tremoring may have been unrelated. Without examining her or being able to assess her neurologic status, I'm not sure what might be going on with her. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to have her evaluated if she continues to have problems.

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Pongo
Golden Border Retriever
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

We were driving to the store and Pongo was in the back seat. We were in the parking lot and someone backed out quickly so we hit the brakes. It wasn’t too hard, but Pongo did lunge forward and we think she hit her head on the back of the drivers seat. We didn’t see exactly what happened. But my husband said he felt something hit the back of his seat pretty hard. We parked and made sure she was okay & she responded well, obviously a little shook up but not abnormal. But since then she’s just been laying around and pretty chill. She’ll respond if we try and get her to play but she’s not as excited as she usually is. She’s eating food and drinking water. She is walking/standing normally. Her pupils looked normal to us. Mainly she’s just been pretty lazy & I want to make sure it’s not something more. I understand it could be no big deal and she’s just tired. & tomorrow she’ll be fine. I just want to make sure I’m taking it as seriously as I should be.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing her, I'm not sure if Pongo may have sustained any injuries in the accident. If she is acting generally normal, eating and drinking, and not showing any neurologic signs, she may just need time to recover. If she seems to be painful in her neck or shoulders, doesn't want to walk normally or cries, she may need to be seen by a veterinarian. I hope that she is okay.

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Cain
German Shepherd
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

my large dog fell down the stairs (about 5-6 steps) and landed on his side, and his head hit the door at the bottom of the stairs. He is acting normally and there are no signs of any visible injuries and he let me examine him but I'm still afraid of a brain or head injury.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Cain is acting normally, not having seizures or different pupil sizes, you may be okay to monitor him. If you are concerned, the best thing to do would be to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to assess his neurologic function and let you know if you have anything to worry about. I hope that he is okay.

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Hiccup
Dachshund
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bleeding

Hi, I have a 2year old Dachshund, last week when parking my car I accidentally ran over her back left leg which she has a fracture and have since placed it in a cast. After the incident we noticed a trickle of blood from her nose. 48hrs later she has since become blind. We are assuming there was some sort of head trauma during the accident and our Vet suggests that internal bleeding has caused the blindness. She told us that there was not much we could do but hope in time this will rectify itself and she will be able to see again. Is there any other suggestion or possible treatment? I know its difficult to give an accurate diagnosis without seeing scans of our dog, just hoping that this has happened before and there is a chance she will come right.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with traumatic injuries is that each dog responds differently; I’ve seen dogs which have fallen off beds (according to the owner) and die and a dog which fell from a two storey balcony and lived (didn’t walk away though). There is no real reliable indicator for determining whether Hiccup will regain vision or not, it is a case of wait and see; I really don’t want to set unrealistic expectations especially since I’ve not examined Hiccup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Eli
Labrador
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Redness

My dog was just getting ready to play like normal so we went to throw the ball and she took off running full speed and turned around and smacked right into my dads boat! Hard and loud! She fell to the ground and didn't move at all so we ran to her and she was stiff and made almost a snoring sound like she was having trouble breathing. We almost started CPR but my dad lifted her head and she kind of snapped back into all of the sudden and it was almost like she was knocked out and came back too. Her eyes have been extremely red and droopy, she is super stoved up and walks slow and you can just tell she is hurting. We are not sure if this is normal to have after what just happened or if we should take her somewhere???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any severe head trauma like the case you’ve mentioned should be seen by a Veterinarian to assess whether there is any brain injury, cervical vertebrae injury or any other issues; brain injury can take time to present and may be a week or a months before some negative effects are seen. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ranger
Border Collie
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Poor balance
Wobbly rear gait
Poor coordination
Wobbly Head

Medication Used

Dexamethasone

Puppy Ranger was 1 week old when the mom sat on/stepped on him(Friday evening). He was seen by the vet the following Monday morning when they were open. Another puppy (Hope) seemed to be in similar shape and was also seen. Both puppies were given dexamethasone injections and TLC. They are now 7.5 weeks old. Hope is almost completely normal and just walks a little funny. Ranger however still has difficulty walking. An X-Ray was done at 7 week vet visit. His hips are starting to malform so we have been working with him to put his weight on his back legs and to use them to walk. He is bright, alert, and playful. He can use his back legs but seems to lack coordination and balance. Also his head gets quite wobbly as he gets tired and affects his balance. With some assistance to maintain balance he can walk mostly normal. Any suggestions for physical therapy or other treatments? The vet he has been too just recommended working with his legs. I have heard that Vitamin B12 might help some nervous system problems.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ranger I cannot say whether he has a long term brain injury, cervical spine injury or any other issue; physiotherapy would be useful to get more use of his hind legs and to build strength in other muscle groups, hydrotherapy may be a good method to discuss. You should speak with a Physiotherapist for their input on Ranger’s conditions to see if they can make a plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jax
Pomchi
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

Yesterday at 9am my American pitbull terrier bit my 8 month old pomchi over a rawhide bone they were best friends from the day we brought jax "pomchi" home and never could have expected such a terrible thing and thinking of it still makes me feel horrible and helpless he received 2 puncture wounds one on the top of his head and one under his jaw we rushed him to the vet immediately the vet sedated him to stitch the wounds while under sedation he had a seizure the vet said it was likely due to the combination of the trauma and anesthesia it was Sunday so he wasn't there all day and said he didn't think he would have another so we took him home under the direction to monitor him closely at 12 30 am he had another seizure we brought him back to the vet this morning at 7am the vet said it could still be because of the traumatic experience after bringing him home he had another seizure he also threw up in the car because he never likes car rides..we immediately called the vet and he said he feels we should wait that it may have been brought on by stress I can't take anymore of this emotional rollercoaster but I also don't want to but Jax through more stress if he can recover on his own please let me know what you think I should do ty, joe

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It isnt common for stress to bring on a seizure in an 8 month old puppy, but it might be from the head trauma that occurred during the bite wounds. i can't assess his neurologic function, unfortunately. Since your veterinarian has seen Jax, assessed him, and knows his situation, it would be best to ask them what they think is going on other than stress, and if he needs further treatment or if they think he will recover from the trauma without further therapy. I hope that he is okay, and that he and your other dog are able to continue to get along.

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Tobi
Poodle
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Seizures, ataxia
Seizures,ataxia

Hi I have a two year old poodle named Tobi that I left under the care of my in-laws. My father in law said about two weeks ago, while he was trying to dress Tobi up for a walk,
Tobi struggled out of his arm and he felt onto the floor head first. He later had a seizure and they took him to a doctor to check and the doctor gave him a medicine. He seemed fine, He ate and drank fine, but yesterday he had another seizure and started circling around afterwards for few minutes until he went back to sleep. Before the accident I never saw him had seizures or circle around constantly. Now we just spoke to another doctor that said Tobi may have now epilepsy that has been triggered because of the accident. My fear though is that is more than epilepsy and that the seizures are triggered by something else. We need to drive more than 5 hours before we find a big et hospital. Any recomendations in how to keep him comfortable and the symptoms down will be very appreciated. Many thanks in advance. Jay

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that happened to Tobi. It may have been that the trauma caused a head trauma that caused the seizures - epilpepsy is not typically triggered by a trauma. Tobi may need to be on medications until the trauma subsides. If your veterinarian isn't able to manage his head trauma, you may need to make the trip to the specialist, but it would be a good idea to talk with your veterinarian about Tobi's conidition and what they think needs to be done for him, as I cannot examine him, assess his neurologic status, or recommend any treatments. I hope that he is okay.

Thank you so much for the quick reply we are driving the specialist

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Rumble
Bull Arab x Boxer
5 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Partial paralysis

Medication Used

Fentanyl 50mg

Hi, Long story short - A 3 1/2m tinny boat fell while being loaded onto the top of a vehicle and our 5mth old Bull Arab X Boxer copped the full brunt of it. He immediately stiffened, stopped breathing and gums turned blue. I worked as a Vet Nurse for 9yrs and did what I could for him at the time, performing CPR, got him breathing and rushed him to the Vets. He also started to bleed from the nose. He suffered a fractured skull and was put on IV fluids, sedation & pain relief. After showing improvements we brought him home on day 4 as there was nothing more they could do for him. He was no longer needing fluids as he was eating and drinking. We've had him home now for 2 days. He has a fentanyl patch (due to be removed tomorrow), but he's not on any other medication. He can see and recognises us, lifts his head, eating & drinking, tries to stand but can't. It was the left side of his brain that was affected and the movement on his left side is not good. He also tends to go to the left with any movements he makes. I'm not sure where to go from here to help him recover. I do have access to a small pool for Hydrotherapy but I'm not sure if or when I should do this. Please help. Any advice is much appreciated.
Regards, Gina

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Rumble sustained this injury. He is a young dog, and may recoer from this brain injury, given enough time. If he is eating and drinking, and stable, he may continue to improve. It may be helpful to get the advice of a physical therapist, as they may be able to help build up the strength in his left side. your veterinarian can refer you to a physical therapist if you are not aware of a good one near you. I hope that he is able to recover.

Is it good for my dog that has head trama to be sleeping all the time?

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Oreo
Chihuahua
4 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Seizing death
Seizing

Medication Used

none

My 4 yo chihuahua got into an altercation with my 7m Doberman. I was present when this occured. The altercation wasnt anything serious and i didnt see her bite him. As i left the window to walk outside to get my chihuahua she must have hit him with her paw or something. As i walked out he was seizing and she was staring at him. I moved her away and petted him (my 1.5yo terrier has seizures and is on medication so i know what to expect) he finally stopped after about a minute but he was dead. Fully dead. Tongue out of mouth eyes glazed over and no breathing. I picked him up and ran in side cradling him. Got on the phone with my dad he was the closest to me. I shook him a bit still dead after 1m then he arched his back and began seizing again for about 15s and layd there still but breathing. Its been about 30m now and he is up and walking. Idk what happened.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That is a terrible thing to have happened! Without being able to examine him, I can't comment on what might have happened, but he should be seen immediately by your veterinarian. They'll be able to examine him and determine what might have happened, so that he isn't at risk of it happening again. They may need to check his neurologic reflexes, or some blood work to try and determine what happened. I hope that he is okay.

I was bringing my dog home from the groomers and did not have her buckled in her car seat . I had to slam on my brakes and she went into the dash board and hit her head . It was very loud . She seems fine ???

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ladoo
Pomeranian
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

pain crying throwing up blood

my dog 8 years old was attacked by dogs we have given him immediate medical help they gave him antibiotics and blood samples all normal his wounds are healing but he is crying and in pain not eating too I am really stressed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ladoo, I cannot give you any indication of what specifically is causing him pain or what additional therapy may be required; you should speak with your Veterinarian about Ladoo’s general health and wellbeing as well as discussing pain management options during recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Chihuahua got his head stepped on by one of our bigger dogs, his head swelled up but now he is fine, except for his mood. He has been really aggressive towards me and other dogs. I was wondering if that’s normal after a brain injury?

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Cooter
Terrier mix
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Loss Of Consciousness
Bleeding

My dog got kicked in the face by one of our horses. He was knocked unconscious for anywhere from 30 seconds to one minute. He had severe bleeding from the front of his mouth but no missing teeth. He did wet himself, however after a few minutes the bleeding stopped on its own and he was able to shake off and walk. I cleaned him up, gave him a low dose aspirin and checked him for any further injury (none). He had no problem eating but seems to be sad and also is in no way letting me leave his side. How do I know if he has a concussion and what symptoms should I be on the lookout for?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It sounds like Cooter shoud probably be seen by your veterinarian, as that may have been a significant trauma to his head, and he may be painful, in addition to having any kind of damage. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, make sure that he is okay, and give him medication as needed. I hope that he is okay.

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Queen
Parieer
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt

I have found this street dog and he had been hit or maybe bitten by another dog on his head resulting in blood clothed doctor said the dog will not survive a head surgery so he has kept him for 2 days observation and if the dog has no improvement doctor has said that i need to decide please help me i need to know as whatever finance i have had i have spent for the dog she is in alot of pain after two days i fear not to know what needs to be done

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email,, and I'm sorry that Queen is going through this. It is wonderful of you to help him. Without being able to see him, I can't give you a lot of guidance, but your veterinarian is taking care of him, watching him, and will be able to guide you through whatever process needs to be carried out to either help Queen heal, or painfully end his suffering. Dogs can be quite resilient, and he may heal from his trauma, but sometimes the trauma is just too great. I wish the best for both of you.

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Mithai
Pomeranian
9 Days
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Head Swelling

My 9days old pom fell from the bed and got hurt nd I immediately took her to the hospital nd they gave few meds..the main problem is dat he cannot suck her mother's breast nd constantly crying very faintly nd I m feeding her milk With a dropper. No she also have a swelling on her head nd her neck is bit tilted.. What should I do now?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Mithai, i cannot comment on what is happening, but she does sound like she needs to be rechecked by your veterinarian as soon as possible. She may be suffering ongoing effects from her head trauma. I hope that she does well.

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Mercy
Beagle Shepherd
10 Years
Moderate condition
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My dog mercy hit her head on the lip of her kennel hard enough to cause a small cut and swelling on her head, her forehead is almost twice it's normal size and there is also some swelling on the sides of her muzzel towards the back of it. Should I wait and see if the swelling will go down? Should I ice it? Any help is appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can try applying ice to Mercy’s head to see if it helps with the swelling; a low speed impact like this is unlikely to have caused by brain injury but you should make sure that the cut is clean and free of debris, cleaning with a dilute antiseptic and applying an antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin) to the cut should help. If there is no improvement in the swelling or Mercy has trouble eating you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My beagle jumped off of an atv and was soon stumbling and couldnt walk on her front legs. She was holding her head low and there was no sign of a broken leg, she is now sleeping. What should I do?

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Milo
Australian Shepherd
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello. My 7 year old Aussie stayed at doggie daycare last Friday. When I picked him up he had a knot on his head above his left eye, about the size of a quarter. It’s been a week and the knot hasn’t reduced or grown in size. He is eating and drinking the same, no issues. He doesn’t have any other symptoms other than the large bump. Is there any home remedies or should I take him to the veterinarian for an exam?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If it isn’t causing any problem for Milo, I would suggest keeping an eye on it for now if there has been no change over the past week; without knowing exactly what it is, I cannot direct treatment but I would recommend checking in with your Veterinarian some time if it doesn’t go down to see what they make of it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you, Dr Turner.

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Archie
Cavapoo
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

none

My cavapoo puppy fell from a 20ft high wall onto concrete below. I wasn't there at the time but there wasn't any bleeding apart from a small amount around the mouth, possibly just from a cut. They took him immediately to the vets and they say he has a head trauma and he may also have a spinal fracture but that is still unsure. They say he has a 50/50 chance of survival. He hasn't had any seizures, he is eating and drinking a little, going to the toilet and reacts to people. His pupils are small but equal. He is on his second night at the vets and seems to be improving slightly. Do you think he has a chance of survival? And will he ever be the same vibrant, happy pup again? Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma is not the same for each dog and without examining him I cannot say whether or not a full or near full recovery will be made and most likely your Veterinarian is being guarded with the prognosis as well, hence the 50:50 chance. It is important to see how Archie responds to treatment in the long term and how he progresses day by day. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Venada
Chihuahua
Not sure
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog got ran over by a car. She is a mom and did suffer because the puppies were too big.She tries to get up but she can't. Her ear was bleeding and it looks like she can't move her head and her neck. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Visit your Veterinarian, there isn’t an ‘at home’ treatment for being hit by a car; brain injury, fractures, internal bleeding and other injuries may have occurred and Venada needs to be examined and treated by a Veterinarian to stabilise her. I cannot ethically suggest anything else apart from visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mia
Chihuahua
2 years
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Foaming At The Mouth
Seizures

My Chihuahua was just hit by a car. She's only 4 pounds. She was alert, but having seizures. Immediately, we took her to the vet as I saw signs of hope. (My husband took her, I was crying mess). He just came home and said the Vet gave her meds to keep her calm and comfortable. The blood on her head was from a laceration and had to be stapled. The vet informed my husband that her skull did not seem fractured. Do we have hope? Has anyone experienced a case like this and they pup pull through for them?

Plese, if anyone has a similar story (fatal or not), please fill me in on what to expect over the next 24, 48 plus hours.

Thank you in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma is individual and no two cases can be easily compared as there are too many variables involved like speed of car, where hit, was he dragged, amount of brain injury etc… I’ve seen dogs get hit in a driveway (and had no visible signs of trauma) and die whilst a dog which was hit by a train seemed to only have two broken legs with no brain injury. I wouldn’t suggest that you use other cases to gauge Mia’s recovery as this may lead to false hope; I would spend more time caring for her and spending time together. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

She made it!!!! She doesn't look the best, but she made it. She is awake and alert. The Vet is now wanting to give her vaccinations. Do you think this is a good idea? I'm worried that she is too weak for them. We have given her shots from home, however, we do not have a record proving that.

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Maya
Pug
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My pug recently began having some sort of tremor episode whenever she gets excited and picks up a toy to shake it/tug on it. The easiest way to describe the episode would be: She LIGHTLY shudders in place, maintains consciousness, occasionally loses balance but does not fall down, and it lasts literally 2 seconds or less and she goes back to normal behavior and movement again. No other changes in her behavior or activity. She does not seem to be lethargic or in pain because she wants to go right back to playing. She does shake her toys pretty violently and I'm wondering if she hurt herself. Are these seizures? Could this be head trauma? I am trying to get some insight until she can get seen by her vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific case is, gathering as much information for your Veterinarian is important; make notes of frequency, duration, is she responsive (responds to being called), eye movement, behaviour beforehand and anything else unusual. Focal seizures only affect one area of the brain and can last a few seconds; head tremors are also a possibility. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cheech
Chihuahua
n/a
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No balance
Falling Over
black eye
no cordination
Sleepy

i found out that my dog got beaten up like a person. he has two black eyes one really bad one that is leaking a little blood and a small one i check his pupils both arnt responding to the light. the one that is really bad pupil is staying small. when he trys to get up and use the BR he stumbles and has not cordination at all he just looks lost and confused and wants to sleep all the time. i dont have money to take him to the vet and i already made a report to the PD

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand your financial position, it is very serious that Cheech’s eyes are not responding to light; brain swelling can be very serious and lead to other complications down the road. If there is brain swelling, treatment will be centered around decreasing the pressure around the brain. I strongly recommend you have Cheech taken to a clinic, check in your area for charity clinics and other similar organisations; there is no advice I can give you for home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chewy
Yorkie-poo
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi, my daughter was playing with our small dog, Chewy and tossed him on the couch cushion and I'm not sure if his head or under his chin hit the arm of couch. Since this happened, he's moving really slow just wants to lay next to me. It seems like maybe his neck? He doesn't want to look around or move around much at all. How can you tell difference between neck or head injury?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to determine whether the head is injured or there is a neck or back problem; some head injuries may take some time to present with symptoms and may appear after days whilst other head injuries are immediate. Either way, it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian for a neurological exam and an examination of Chewy’s spine; for head injury, behavioural changes are a common symptom overlooked by owners thinking “oh he should sleep it off” which is never good to do. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scooter
Yorkshire Terrier
9weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
Curling

I have a Yorkie pup, he was hit by a car. No crushed bones but the bottom of the car hit his head. I carried him to the veterinary hospital where he stayed for a week from head trauma. He's home now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma in any dog is serious, even after a period of time delayed symptoms may develop. The circling may be due to brain inflammation which can be medically managed, but an examination is needed to determine a course of treatment. The skull of puppies isn’t fused fully making head trauma more traumatic which may lead to lifelong symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

After a few days at deaths door, he was able to come home.He's eating and still on his meds. Slowly I'm starting to see my baby coming back. He still circles a little less everyday but I'm very optimistic and hopeful that he'll be ok

My 4 pound Chihuahua was hit by car a couple hours ago. We just left the Vet Hospital. She has a laceration to the head (she was bleeding) that they had to staple. She also had 3 seizures. Did your dog have seizures? From what I've read about your pup, Scooter, it sounds like a very similar case. Please, any information to help put my mind at ease would be appreciated. I have 2 little girls that are going to be heartbroken if she doesn't pull thorugh.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Oscar
Dachshund
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My puppy got bit on the head by another dog. There are no external injuries but the puppy is stumbling and falling and whimpering constantly. Won't eat or drink.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Oscar is showing these symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian immediately; I cannot ethically give you any advice or guidance given the symptoms and Oscar’s age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abbie
Chihuahua
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seizure

My dog was hit accidentally in the head with a large metal object. She had seizures soon afterwards. Her first seizure she fell into the water. She had five which lasted 30 seconda each and the last one (sixth) that lasted 2 minutes. She foamed at the mouth a lot. Her left eye is bloodshot the other sort of swollen. I live in a remote community with no vet. The nearest one is a 9 hour drive away. We put cold wet faceclothes on her head.
She was very exhausted afterwards and slept for an hour. She soon started walking but was wobbly and had a hard time to focus. She slept a lot that evening. The following morning she was more active and ate some food and used the bathroom. Her focusing is a bit better. We planning a trip to the vet in the next day or two. Anything we can do until then?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma is always a delicate issue and no two cases of head trauma are the same; even after a visible improvement in symptoms problems may occur further down the line. A visit to a Veterinarian is important to have a quick check over of Abbie and to check her eyes, balance and other neurological functions; brain swelling may be a problem and would require treatment. Without examining Abbie I cannot give you any real valuable information apart from watch her like a hawk and note any unusual behaviour and its duration which may be useful when you visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Yorkshire Terrier
16 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Siezure

I have one Yorkie that has siezures. I know of 4 times in the past 6 months.
About 10 months ago a small but heavy glass makeup bottle fell directly on her head. She didn't show symptoms other than not going back into that room for a few months, and her personality is more calm. (we attributed that to maturing and the scare from the incident) abut 6 months later we noticed the first seizure. They last a couple of minutes. She can't walk and is scared, muscles twitching, and jerking. We try to keep her calm and hold her or sit with her while they are happening. Has not interfered with breathing, and she does not urinate during them. Afterward seems fine, eats and drinks normally.
We have had Yorkies for years, we have her parents and grandparents, no other dogs have experienced this.
I have heard that anti-seizure medication is not good to take long term unless the seizures are every severe. What course of action would you recommend?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes of seizures, but previous head trauma is known to cause seizures in later life. If the frequency is low, then daily management isn’t required; however, medication to give during a seizure is control and manage it is more common, usually a suppository. This would need to be discussed with your Veterinarian along with a thorough examination and history. Head trauma may be asymptomatic for a long period of time before displaying any effects. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ukumuku
Local breed
02 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Having attack and foam from mouth

Few days ago, my dog had a fight with neighbors dog and got injured in hand, leg, few in head and a deep one in ear. Now he is having attacks (may be seizures) and foam coming out from mouth. All other behavior seems normal. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Ukumuku is exhibiting these symptoms after this attack, there is no at home treatment; evaluation by your Veterinarian is needed and a treatment and management plan is needed. Treatment of wounds needs to be made and at a minimum course of antibiotics and if there is brain inflammation a course of anti inflammatories. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My puppy feel from my bed and im very scared it started peeing and wouldnt move for a while (having a sezisure) my brother calmed him down but it keeps happening. A couple of seconds ago blood came out of his mouth. PLEASE HEKP THE VET IS CLOSED

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Rocky
Chihuahua
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Stiff Legs
Nystagmus
Threw up once

My chihuahua fell from our truck and hit his head and now had nystagmus and his legs are a little stiff now, we think it might be head trauma but we're not so sure about it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the symptoms are after trauma to the head, there is a strong possibility that is the cause; you would be best to visit a Veterinarian for some supportive care and some medication to reduce swelling on the brain. Head trauma may cause further complications months after the event which is why it is always best to have your dog checked over after injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Monty
Toy Poodle
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Tilt
Vomiting
Shaking

Our boy got quite a harsh smack to the head. After that he was in a badclient shape, couldn't walk straight, was bumping into things. We panicked and as we were getting ready to take him to the hospital, he threw up and now seems ok. Walking straight, he drank some water and is in a good mood. His pupils seem fine can't see any issue. Should we be worried? What should we watch out for if anything?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is best to have Monty examined by your Veterinarian as head injuries can be very serious and may lead to delayed complications due to brain swelling; good management in the short term is better than a surprise down the road. It would be irresponsible for me not to recommend you visit your Veterinarian especially since he vomited. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/head-trauma-proceedings

My dog has been having seizures off and on all day. We've been giving her Pedialyte to keep fluids in her because she can't eat or drink. Aside from getting her to the emergency clinic, is there anything I can do to help her until we can make it there?

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Eli
Pitbull
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

My Pit Bull hit his head on the edge of the bumper chasing after my friends female. This happened within 30mins of the weekend starting, when he hit his head he never even broke stride literally. Im guessing but it must have been about month later he was sleeping about 2pm abd all the sudden started seizing up, he was shaking, locked up stiff and foam from mouth. He then had 1 about every month for a few months then they came a little mote frequent like every 23 days for a bit, then 16 days on average for months, with the episode going from 1 seizure for about 15seconds to as described above, to 2 seizures within about 7mins, one for 15seconds kind of come out of it then it would hit him again for 15 seconds. It has stayed like this for the most part with it being one for about 15sec. Start coming out then it hits him again for 15 sec.. It peaked to 7 episodes in 24hr period over easter. They then started to come less frequent but is having multiple episodes when they do come, which is about 1 month apart at this time. He just had 6 different episodes the last 24hrs... Typically comes on when falling a sleep or waking. But mostly rest periods it seems. My question what is there anything that can be done to stop them from happening other then pheno?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand your concern with phenobarbital, many people wish to switch to other medicines; there are other options available, but these would need to be discussed with your Veterinarian as it isn’t just a case of substituting one medication with another, for example the phenobarbital would need to be phased out etc… Other alternatives include bromide, levetiracetam and zonisamide to name a few; there is never a real one fits all and at times a combination of medication may be required, I haven’t examined Eli so I am unable to give you any specifics (legally) regarding alternatives. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.merckvetmanual.com/pharmacology/systemic-pharmacotherapeutics-of-the-nervous-system/maintenance-anticonvulsant-or-antiepileptic-therapy

Appreciate your time and the information. God bless and good day.

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Cooper
Yorkshire Terrier
10 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Unconscious
bumping into things

Hi, I own a Yorkshire terrier puppy (10 weeks old). We left him for the first time a day alone at home. The Morning after he started acting weird. Walking our home corridor with the wall, bumping into furniture with his head, like he wanted to walk through the wall. For a minute I thought he turned blind. After one hour acting weird i took him to vet. She gave him 2 injections 1 an antibiotic to calm him and another to set his stomach as i have found some vomiting (he vomited his dog food only). Later on the day at about 9 pm he was laying on the floor with his head back, tongue out and saliva dropping out from his mouth. We took him to clinic right away. Dr. said he could die over night. he told me he had a brain damage. My puppy staid overnight at the clinic on drip. The other day at about 7am my puppy still wasn't responding. Later that afternoon he started balancing on his feet again. Dr. told me he has a trauma and needs time to recover. the thing is, that I don't believe it's a trauma. His brother but from another birth died with liver shunt.
I made some research and found out most of the symptoms he did are similar to the liver shunt symptoms. What is your opinion ? Do you think it's a trauma because maybe he bumped his head while playing or something ?.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The genetic basis for liver shunts are suspected but to my knowledge haven’t been confirmed, however Yorkshire Terriers are suspected of having a genetic link; however, given that a sibling from another litter died of a shunt, it wouldn’t hurt to perform an ultrasound to rule out the possibility of a shunt. Head trauma is always a possibility in young pups as they may fall off furniture (usually sofa or bed) or run into walls, door frames etc… Whilst trauma is highly likely, an ultrasound could be done regardless to check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Audrey
Toy Poodle
3 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Crying

My puppy jumped from the couch and came running to me crying and touching her head. I calmed her down while she cried. Her crying was just for a minute. After that she was acting ok, like nothing happened. Will she be ok? I'm quite paranoid

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Head trauma can be serious in dogs, especially puppies, and may lead to delayed problems later on. Signs of head trauma are ataxia, anisocoria (unequal pupil size), seizures, head pressing and weakness; among other symptoms. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for a neurological examination to be on the safe side as I cannot say for sure without examining her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

if a puppy was playing to rough and got hurt in neck and now had seizures she had died. would of xray help to save her. i thought she died from eating frogs or the squirrel pee no answers from our vet sad. when her sister would play with her and hit her neck she yelped out loud and neck was swollen. her blood work was fine on organs so so confused why she died.

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Roxy
Chihuahua
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vision Problems
Very bad eyesight and sensof smell

Medication Used

Phenobarbital

I got my chihuahua puppy at 8 weeks old and when she was only 10 weeks old she fell from a 2 story high balcony and landed on the cement sidewalk. It looked like she may have hit her head but I can't say for sure because things happened so fast. She hopped right up and appeared to be perfectly fine. So I assumed she got lucky and didn't need to see a vet. Well a few months later she began having these "episodes" in which she will run in circles, panting, for hours, as well as twitch her head uncontrollably the whole time. These episodes would last about 4 hours and occur about every 3 months. Luckily, a year went by with no "episode" but last week came back with a vengeance. Her episode lasted 17 hours and proceeded to occur 3 different days this week. She is now 3 years old. I have taken her into a few vets but they had trouble diagnosing her and I could not afford extensive testing. But I recently found a new vet who diagnosed her within a minute of seeing her. He said she was having seizures related to her fall as a puppy. He said she most likely has scar tissue on her brain which squeezes on her brain causing seizures. He said the head trauma caused water on her brain which I should of had drained immediately after her fall but is to late now. My question is is there any way to remove the water from her brain now? Or is it to late to do anything like that? And is my only option to give her anti-seizure mess the rest of her life? He put her on phenobarbital for rest of her life.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When there is trauma to the head (the head doesn’t need to touch the pavement as the deceleration is enough for the brain to impact the inside of the cranium causing lasting damage), scar tissue or inflammation can cause pressure within the cranium which may cause reduced blood flow to certain areas of the brain which may suffer from hypoxic brain injury which if not treated immediately (within a few hours) may have permanent results. Without extensive tests and visiting a Specialist, it would be impossible to determine the extent of injury; treatment would be purely symptomatic without a confirmed diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Miller
Lab mix
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

My dog fell down a few stairs last night .. after he threw up twice and today he has not gone to the bathroom at all. Which he usually goes first thing in the morning and then again around noon. Should I be worried? He's been acting tired but still eating and drinking like normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any case of head trauma should ideally be seen by your Veterinarian especially if there is a change in habits or behaviour. Cerebral swelling can cause behavioural changes and can become a serious condition; medication to reduce swelling may be prescribed by your Veterinarian. Your Veterinarian will examine Miller thoroughly and will take extra care when assessing neurological function; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for a check up and, if necessary, to decompress his bladder. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bumbum
labrador retriever
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

redness of eye
tilt head
dizziness

my puppy got hit by something on his head i guess in my absence and now he is walking with his tilt head and tongue outside what these shows ??
he recently had 8 in 1 vaccination with a mild fever but it was all okay in the morning but in the eve i saw some changes in his walking then i noticed his tilt head red eyes dizziness and i thought to ask u

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fever after vaccination is not uncommon and is self limiting. Head trauma is serious in any dog but especially in puppies as the bones in the skull may not have fused and the trauma may have caused an increase in intracranial pressure or a haematoma on the brain. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a neurological examination to determine the severity of the injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

hello
thanks for your advice I have consulted with my vet but the thing is that she is out of town she cant reach here soon.
my puppy is not at all fine its not paining to him but he cant look up means his head remains down even while giving food
his neck at the starting vertebra is internally swollen.



I need your help. We live in quite poor area we don't get hospital facility in terms of dog please suggest some home remedy to secure my puppy

yours faithfully

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Saifu
pitbull
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Has shown no symptoms and nothing has changed

Medication Used

Nothing is changed after that hump

There is a hump on my puppy's head i don't know how it happened or why,if i press that hump it hurts a little bit there is no change in the behaviour of dog,no symptoms and everything is normal but i just felt that i should consult about that

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of swellings on the head with trauma being a main cause; it would be best to have your Veterinarian check Saifu for neurological damage and to determine if there is any long-term damage. Also the bones in the skull in puppies haven’t fused and are more prone to movement in traumatic cases so this should be assessed too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Pit Bull hit his head on the edge of the bumper chasing after my friends female. This happened within 30mins of the weekend starting, when he hit his head he never even broke stride literally. Im guessing but it must have been about month later he was sleeping about 2pm abd all the sudden started seizing up, he was shaking, locked up stiff and foam from mouth. He then had 1 about every month for a few months then they came a little mote frequent like every 23 days for a bit, then 16 days on average for months, with the episode going from 1 seizure for about 15seconds to as described above, to 2 seizures within about 7mins, one for 15seconds kind of come out of it then it would hit him again for 15 seconds. It has stayed like this for the most part with it being one for about 15sec. Start coming out then it hits him again for 15 sec.. It peaked to 7 episodes in 24hr period over easter. They then started to come less frequent but is having multiple episodes when they do come, which is about 1 month apart at this time. He just had 6 different episodes the last 24hrs... Typically comes on when falling a sleep or waking. But mostly rest periods it seems. My question what is there anything that can be done to stop them from happening other then Pheno?

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