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What are Internal Injuries?

An open wound is easier to deal with because it is visible and the solution is relatively straightforward for your veterinarian to determine. But internal injuries are harder to deal with, and internal bleeding caused either by a car accident, a fall from a high vantage point, fighting, or disease can produce severe trauma to your dog’s body and they may go into shock.

If you know the cause of your dog’s distress it will be quicker to diagnose and treat, but no matter what the cause your dog needs veterinary assistance as soon as possible.

Internal injuries may come from your dog being hit by a car causing trauma, due to dog fights, or additionally, some diseases cause internal bleeding and injury.

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Symptoms of Internal Injuries in Dogs

  • Early symptoms can be a rapid heartbeat and shallow breathing 
  • Depression 
  • Black diarrhea
  • Gum change in colors – pale or blue is very serious
  • Your dog may go into a coma indicating shock 
  • Whimpering on being touched or moved
  • Glazed eyes
  • Inability to focus
  • Coughing or vomiting up blood 
  • Bruising or scrape wounds 
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy 
  • Heart attack 

Types  

  • Sudden trauma can cause internal injuries; contact with a moving vehicle, falls, dog fights and sadly, human abuse can all cause internal injury within your dog. 
  • Trauma can cause damages to the internal organs, broken bones including the neck and spine, and internal bleeding that can cause your pet to go into shock 
  • Apart from trauma, there are varying types of medical conditions such as a tumor, or damages to the spleen (common in older dogs) that can cause internal injury 
  • Poisons are also known to cause types of internal damage and internal bleeding

Causes of Internal Injuries in Dogs

  • Falls off a deck or balcony – dogs are not as flexible as cats and can suffer internal damages during falls from high elevations; this is becoming more common as more people and their dogs live in high-rise apartments 
  • Poisons like rat bait or human medications contain anticoagulants that prevent the blood from clotting which can cause internal damages and bleeding 
  • Fractures of bones -  for example the spine, that can cause damage to internal organs 
  • Tumors of the spleen or other areas can cause internal bleeding 
  • Trauma – your dog gets hit violently by a vehicle in an accident 
  • Lacerations of the kidney, spleen or liver are quite common 
  • Attack from another dog or dogs 
  • Abuse by humans

Diagnosis of Internal Injuries in Dogs

If your dog has been hit by a vehicle or fallen from a height, you need to get your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Using an old door or a plank makes an ideal platform to maneuver your dog onto and offers support while being transported to the clinic. If your dog doesn’t want to be moved, you may need your dog sedated to enable moving him to the clinic. If you know the cause of your dog’s situation then that will help your veterinarian to diagnose what is wrong. Whether it was a physical injury, or caused by ingesting a poisonous substance, or some other cause, at least that will give your pet specialist something to start on immediately. 

A thorough physical examination will be done unless your dog is in urgent need of life giving support first. If your dog is going into shock, immediate action will be taken by your veterinarian to avoid damages to the internal organs. Depending on your pet’s situation, diagnostic tests may include a complete blood count (CBC), X-rays, abdominal radiographs, electrocardiogram (EKG) and a serum chemistry profile. While broken bones are obvious signs of trauma, it is the internal damage that is vital to determine. Bleeding internally from punctured organs needs urgent attention.

Treatment of Internal Injuries in Dogs

The treatment will depend on the cause of the injury. Trauma via vehicle injuries may require that your dog is hospitalised, especially at the beginning of treatment. Oxygen therapy and intravenous fluids may be required. Medication for any pain will help and your specialist may recommend a course of antibiotics. Your dog may also need antiarrhythmic drugs if his heart is beating erratically which is a symptom of stress and trauma. Other treatment may require blood transfusions if your pet has lost a lot of blood. 

Surgery may be required in the case of disease (cancer and tumors), broken bones (especially spinal bones or neck bones) and other injuries that your dog may have. Poisons need careful attention to remove or limit the amount of damage that they can do to your dog’s system. Your veterinarian will be able to advise on the correct treatment from the results of the diagnostic tests. The first few days are the most crucial, and your specialist may keep your dog in hospital until he is confident that the treatment is working.

Recovery of Internal Injuries in Dogs

Your pet will be limited to rest and recovery with exercise restrictions during the first few weeks of rehabilitation from his accident or illness. If the damage has been extensive, your pet may be restricted to a cage to prevent too much movement. Any bandages must be kept clean and dry. Wounds should be checked for redness, swelling or discharge material. Internal injuries may restrict the diet; soft easy to digest food is best. 

If your pet has suffered external wounds as well, they may have stitches and you need to ensure your pet will not annoy them and damage themselves. Poison victims may feel quite low for a few weeks but hopefully if they haven’t suffered too much due to the internal injuries they will bounce back after a short time. Always follow your veterinarian’s advice and treatment guidelines to enable your pet to heal quicker.

Internal Injuries Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Beau
Cocker Spaniel
15 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

abdominal pain
Confusion
shock
Already deceased
Collapse

Hi, I lost my 15 year old spaniel two weeks ago. One moment he was fine and jumping around ready for a walk. Next he was lying down and wouldn't move. His feet and nose went cold and his gums very pale. He also seemed to be labouring around his abdomen. The vet stabilised him but told me the scan showed up a mass near his spleen and appeared to show fluid in the abdomen. She advised me to euthanise as surgery would be a huge deal for him at his age and with poor prognosis. After agonising, I agreed to put him down. I am tormented that I made the wrong decision as although elderly, he was fine until that point. Should I, could I have done more for him?
Thank you so much in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is normal to ask these types of questions after making a decision like this, but I feel that given the symptoms and his age there was little you could have done; many times conditions affecting the spleen and abdomen in general are like a time bomb (forgive the comparison), the problems lay dormant clinically until something triggers the symptoms at which point surgery may not be an option. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Many thanks for this, Dr Turner

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Dozer
Boston Terrier
5mnth
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing,,shallow breathing
Rapid breathing,hard breathing

My 5 my old Boston terrier/great pyrnese,st benard mix was hit by back tire of car in driveway. He tried to crawl off. With his front legs. He had LIL blood in his mouth,but it's stopped. ,no stoolscoming out. He is breathing hard, he can wag tail, lift head n move front paws. His gums are pink. He hasn't moved bk legs. Feels like one side like his ribs toward bk legs has slight knot. His spine don't seem to feel like fractures. He's very alert. I'm worried bt internal damage. And his breathing goes from rapid to hard breaths, at times like he holds it a sec. It's been almost hr. We hve him laying on his side not letting him move.. See no blood from nose, ears, or his back-end. I can't afford to take him to vet what can I do to ease his pain. ?and keep from making him do more damage?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand people’s financial positions, it would be irresponsible for me to recommend anything other than to visit a Veterinarian immediately as the extent of any internal injury is unknown (and is usually the more serious). There are assistance programs for people who cannot afford veterinary care and you should check out the links below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/cant-afford-critical-veterinary-care-many-nonprofits-can-help!.aspx https://iheartdogs.com/cant-pay-for-your-pets-needed-care-these-12-programs-can-help/

He's got gas n trying to get up do I let him???

His breathing is getting worse

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baby girl
chug
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Medication Used

N/A

should i be worried if my dogs stomach is hard and she dont want to move when she does she crys, she has pooped but very little right after she poops she vomits i did get her to eat but she still does not want to move she is shaking and whinning

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Baby Girl has a tense abdomen and is reluctant to move, I would highly recommend you visit your Veterinarian as there are many causes for abdominal pain which may include foreign bodies, poisoning, infections, parasites, tumours as well as back pain which may be masquerading as abdominal pain. Pain is a very strong symptom and may cause vomiting and other signs when severe enough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diesel
French Mastiff
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cant Get Up
Sleepy

My 10yr old French Mastiff fell into a small pond, similar to a pond you would put in a flower bed. Took him to vet to be checked out. They stuck a small needle into his stomach and it produced blood. Vet informed me that my dog would probably pass within 24 hrs. Said it was a tumor or something? I'm lost and confused.....

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Diesel and performing an x-ray or ultrasound, I cannot give you any specific information; there are various types of tumours, if there is an hemangiosarcoma for example it may bleed into the abdomen leading to death. I would ask your Veterinarian for more specific information on Diesel’s condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I agree with Johnny all that is said is check with vet I understand the forum is to try And help I think its a waste just go to the vet if you can't afford a visit to the vet you shouldn't own a pet

im not sure why there are these posts here. the same things is almost always the answer especially due to liability and that is: "you should take your pet to the vet to be examined."
anything else said is a simple google search. I suppose people are trying to find some comfort, which I get, but it doesn't comfort me to be told to go to the vet. Then again some probably feel guilty, but if the write in they can tell others they spoke to a vet to ease their conscious.

Diesel's vet says he has Canine Splenic Hemangiosarcoma. He has blood in his stomach, now he has blood tinted urine, and dark stool. I believe we will have to take him to be put to sleep, I don't want him to suffer.

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Tila
Boxer
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog was in a dog fight and has a hole in her chest from the bite. It's now starting to buldge and when I go to pet her, her skin almost feels like bubble wrap. Bubbly in a way.?? Could that be internal bleeding or fluid?? I'm scared.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be caused by air trapped under the skin, if you are seeing this you should visit your Veterinarian to make sure that the thoracic wall isn’t punctured. In some cases like this, symptoms can turn complex very quickly so given the history of a recent flight and what seems to be the presence of air under the skin (your description sounds more like air than fluid) I would strongly suggest you visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buckeye
Mix
1and a half
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Shyness
Not sure if stomach is hard or not

My dog was hit by a car about 11 and a half hours ago, and has seemed fine, I am just really concerned about him. He only had a few scratches and scrapes, as the car was screeching to a halt. I don't know if the speed the car was moving at could have simply let him go away with no injuries. Once he was hit, he rolled a little bit, then SPRINTED at least 4 blocks to our garage. He was kinda jumpy for about 20 minutes, but now seems to be fine. At least I hope he is.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With any type of trauma like this I would recommend having your Veterinarian take a look to see any evidence of brain injury or other issues which may have a delay of onset of symptoms. Some dogs may walk away from such accidents, but I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian for a once over given the circumstances. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Was your dog ok? Same happened to mine this morning. She is a big dog. I didn’t see it happen, but a pedestrian said my dog(s) were running in street right in front of car. It apparently hit her hard enough that the pedestrian heard it, but my dog Ran back to my house (with her sister) and ran in the door. They seemed more excited that they go loose than anything. I could tell the one that was hit only because I saw a small small scrape on front paw and a barely noticeable on nose, prob from the street when she fell and ran. She was a little anxious for 45 minutes (but seemed more like a little anxiety of tired from running) she is a big baby. She follows me around, up dawn stairs, barked at her sister, jumped in bed, I’ve touched her all over and she doesn’t seem to mind.
I don’t want to go pay a 1000 vet bill for the dr to check her pink gums and tell me to watch her

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Ralfie
Yorkshire Terrier
10 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My Yorkshire terrier passed away very very suddenly and I am having a very difficult time coming to terms with it. He had been frontlined a week before he passed and did have an upset stomach for a day or two after, but it passed and he was eating and drinking normally as far as I know. He was completely normal and playful the day before his death, and the morning of he appeared to be fine. He followed my mom outside and was playing around her while she loaded up the car. She was in a hurry and didn't make sure he was back inside. She backed out of the driveway and then noticed him in front of her laying in the middle of the driveway like he was sleeping. He even had his legs crossed the way he does when he sleeps. She has a small SUV and it is possible that she simply backed over him while he was already laying down, we just don't know! Or maybe he got hit with the car on his head? She jumped out of the car, grabbed him and me, and we rushed him to the vet but he passed in the car on the way there. I feel so terrible because I was panicked and yelling. I wish I had known to be calm. The vet said he did not have any broken bones or any signs of trauma, and believes he had a stroke or a brain aneurysm. Ralfie just had his wellness check in June and his blood work, enzymes, etc were all good. He did have bad teeth but we were monitoring them: he was only 3.5 lbs and doing anesthesia again made us very nervous. He had a dental in 2014. We planned to keep an eye on them as well as his white blood cell count (normal in June). He was only 10 years old. Is it possible Ralfie got hit with the car but didn't show any trauma or outward signs?? I had his body for over a day after before cremating him: the fluid that came out of his nose was clear bubbles. He was wearing a diaper but it appeared to be normal urine. I didn't see any blood at all. Can you shed any light on this? I am devastated and feel like I can't move forward. I would like to know what your opinion is please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be distressing not knowing how your baby died, especially given the circumstances; being hit by a car in the driveway most likely would have required the wheels to go over him, but your Veterinarian indicated that there were no signs of trauma. It is possible that Ralfie had a medical issue on the driveway and collapsed where he was, but the cause is unknown; since you have had him cremated it isn’t possible for a necropsy to be performed but I would be more likely to think of dilated cardiomyopathy than anything else. I know this is a troubling time, but I unfortunately cannot give you any solid answers. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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diamond
American bully
4 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

what does it mean if my dog is bleeding subcutaneously in the quick of her nails? is this a concern? her nails are trimmed occasionally and i cut them myself. i know how to trim and i have never cut the quick and always leave some nail. she has gotten in many dog fights and i just think they are bleeding because of the trauma of the fights and her using her nails to fight but they are all bleeding internally and she doesn't like when I try to touch them or look at them. i just want to know if it is serious. there are no serious symptoms, she just dislikes her paws being touched?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Diamond has sustained an injury to her nails whilst fighting and it is possible that there is some local bleeding; if the nails are ripped or torn then it is a concern but if there is some discomfort it may be just paw pain. I would advise you visiting your Veterinarian for a check since you are unable to examine the nails yourself and any bleeding inside or outside should be checked; the quick is the blood supply to the nail and can be difficult to stop bleeding if damaged. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Huskypoo
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Constipation
Confusion
Pain
Isolating
Cold

My puppy sophie has had previous surgery for eating a needle. And just recently, two weeks ago she ate floss, which she had another surgery for lasy sunday. Everything seemed fine, except today she vomitted a little bit of floss. We took her to the vet cause of that and also because she was very depressed this morning and cold. The doctor said she was not good at all just by looking at her. Is there any way she's having internal bleeding- the vet said she had to get 12 incesions in order to remove the floss she had. If thats the case, is it wrong to put her through another surgery? She's a strong girl never cried. And i love her. What else could it be, if not internal bleeding? She was eating normal and deinking lots of water. For right now he has on fliuds and stronger anti biotics.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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String foreign bodies are the worst, not Veterinarian likes dealing with them especially when they can be prevented (but dogs like the minty smell and taste). Sophie had major surgery to remove the dental floss and there may be complications (no fault of the Veterinarian) which may be causing these symptoms. Whilst another surgery isn’t ideal, it is sometimes required to go back in and check the enterotomy incisions to make sure everything is healing nicely. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I lost my 15 year old spaniel two weeks ago. One moment he was fine and jumping around ready for a walk. Next he was lying down and wouldn't move. His feet and nose went cold and his gums very pale. He also seemed to be labouring around his abdomen. The vet stabilised him but told me the scan showed up a mass near his spleen and appeared to show fluid in the abdomen. She advised me to euthanise as surgery would be a huge deal for him at his age and with poor prognosis. After agonising, I agreed to put him down. I am tormented that I made the wrong decision as although elderly, he was fine until that point. Should I, could I have done more for him?

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ERIC
jack
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Our dog ( jack Russell) was involved in a collision with a car to his left side including his head.
We took him to the vets and following an initial examination he was left for a couple of hours, he had x rays and pain relief by needle. We were informed that there was no spine damage and no broken bones he was allowed home and we were given tablets (tramadol hcl 10mg)
to administer twice daily. We returned to the vets the following day and told them that the dog couldn't stand and was lethargic, the reply was that it was to be expected they gave him some additional pain relief and we are due to return Friday. He is still unable to stand without support and if the support is released in any way he just sinks to the floor.
We make sure he is getting water but he refuses food, my wife has to assist with his toilet needs and she massages his legs and body twice daily, he shows no sign of pain but continues to lay in his bed, he can move his head around but every thing below his neck appears quite still. Our concern is that from a dog with a definite mind of his own he his looking quite forlorn, is this to be expected and will he recover with our help.

kind regards DAVE HUMPHREYS.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Being hit by a car is traumatic whether you are a dog, human or cow; there can be a lot of swelling and inflammation which may be causing difficulty moving and Eric shouldn’t be moving anyway except for doing his business. Rest is important and do not try to encourage walking until he is ready; I understand that you want to see Eric walk since in your mind it would ease some concerns but it may be harmful in the long term. You should follow your Veterinarian’s instructions and I cannot give an indication of prognosis since I haven’t examined him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your response, we will certainly continue with nursing ERIC and hope the outcome
is in his favor
regards
D. HUMPHREYS

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Buddy
Weimaraner
9 Years almost 10
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Our dog is a weimreiner. He’s almost 10 years old. His name is Buddy. Buddy has had no health problems, he acts like a puppy.. he runs around and people can’t believe he’s that old. He’s been very youthful. On Saturday we went to go vacuum the front room and he was on the couch. He began to climb off the couch and he began to stumble.. his back legs just gave out and he continued to fall all over the place.. he hit the pool table.. fell flailed his body about and then laid on his side frozen.. probably of if fear. We took him to the vet immediately. They ran blood tests and it’s determined that he has a bleed somewhere. His blood isn’t clotting and his blood count is low. He was fatigued, pale gums, sickly looking. He didn’t pass any of the physical tests.. like picking up his back paws and placing them back down. He didn’t cry when they poked him.. didn’t flinch when she tugged on his ears. They kept him over night and gave him fluids. They put him on antibiotics and antiflammatories. We came to get him the next morning and he seemed the same.. and wouldn’t eat. We took him home and as the day went he got better... he won’t touch his dog food.. so we’ve been feeding him chicken. He still on medicine. His personality has become normal.. he doesn’t look tired as much.. and the sickly look is gone. His back legs are the problem.. they are weak.. he has collapsed only once on them since the initial fall. We have noticed his spine is more picked up in the back, his abdomen is slightly wider.. (we don’t know if this happened over time or we are just noticing them now because he’s sick). Did he fall or was it a seizure? Did he have physical harm.. like jumping over our fence and landing and injuring his spine? Is it a tumor?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of clotting issues which may be related to low blood platelets (decrease in production, increase in destruction or increase in use), liver disease, poisoning among other causes; the hunch in the back may be related to spinal pain or abdominal pain. There are various possible underlying causes which may involve trauma, liver disease, cancer, poisoning, infections among other causes; it is difficult to say what the specific cause is, more diagnostics would be required to be done by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breaths Faster At Rest

My dog was under the couch when she got up she hit the metal part. She just laying very still and heavy breathing she has not moved all day.so what do you think?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The important question is which part of her body did she hit? Whichever part she hit, it must have caused severe pain to prevent her from wanting to move and the increased respiratory effort would be in response to pain. You should take Luna into your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian for an examination because a simple knock shouldn’t leave her laid down all day in the same location. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brownie
Stray dog
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Yesterday you advised us to take our puppy to the vet.We took him and the doctor gave him three injections.One of them was to help him sleep,but he didn't sleep at all.He hasn't slept for nearly four days.He wants to sleep but he is not able to because one of his legs keeps jerking continuously. The doctor said that there were no fractures but he
has been crying(continuously) since we found him five days back.And he wouldn't be crying if there were nothing wrong with him. We don't think the doctor here is very competent. What do you think has happened?Also should we do an x-ray?How do we help him sleep.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your follow up. Unfortunately, without seeing Brownie, I can't determine what might be causing him to be crying like that or having that problem with his leg. I'm also not sure what medications he was given, or how he should be reacting to them. It does not sound like he is doing any better, though, from your description - I agree with you. If you are not sure that you trust your veterinarian, it never hurts to get a second opinion, just make sure that you take your paperwork with you so that they can see what medications were given. An x-ray seems a very reasonable thing to do at this point. I hope that you are able to find out what is wrong with him and get him some relief very soon.

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Curly
Papillion
6 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

crying, whimper, slow moving
Crying

How to tell if you're puppy has internal bleeding or what is causing her constant crying? She started out not being able to move and barely breathing, took her to the ER Vet and they wouldn't help because we didn't have the money to do an X-ray or anything. She was fine all day and this came on it if nowhere. What can we do and/or possible reasons for her crying. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Curly is suffering from internal bleeding you would notice that the gums would get progressively white due to blood loss from the circulatory system along with an increase in respiration and heart rate; constant crying is a very vague symptom and may be related to trauma, oral injuries, severe gas among other causes. If you have money troubles, you should try to get help from a charity clinic or nonprofit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ravin
Lab mix
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating

I have a 1 year old mix breed that had her back end run over by a truck, i rushed her to the emergency animal hospital due to when she was hit she got up and ran but her back legs were dragging im assuming due to shock and adrenaline, i carried her to my truck to get her to the vets and after placed in the front seat she got up and was walking on all four legs slowly. The vet examined her and said he was optimistic and there were no signs of broken or fractured bones which is a miracle in its self. They kept her for 2 days and when i called they said she was getting around very well for a dog that just got hit. They informed me of blood in her stool and sent her home with meds for the bleeding. When i got her home she had no interest in eating and when i took her out 2 times she pooped straight dark blood with no fecal matter in it about a fourth cup im assuming from trauma. Is this normal and how long can this go on for?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I'm not sure if they did an ultrasound to check for internal injuries after this very significant trauma to Ravin. That much blood in her stool is not normal, and without knowing how much blood they were seeing while she was in the clinic, I would be concerned that it was worsening, not improving. It would be a good idea to call them and ask about the blood in her stool, and whether the dis-interest in food might be due to any medications that she might be on, or if that has changed as well since she left the clinic and might be cause for concern. I hope that she is okay.

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Paco
Labrador Boxer
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Unsure

My dogs was hit by a car at low speed at 11h15 last nite (he tried to cross the street to my dismay and the car coming by couldn't stop in time but was going at most 15-20 km/h.

Paco barked about 5 6 times and ran home

Without money can't really bring him to the vet but I am looking at signs and if anything IL make it happen.

He has a very benign scrape on a leg but I can tell it's not to worry about.

He doesn't seem to hurt anywhere and wants belly rubs


His gums are fine pink and come back to normal color quick after pressing.

I think he has normal respiration (he's asleep right now since it's nighttime.) It's like an inspiration then expiration every 3 seconds or so (I'm worrying it's not but I think it's just me being worried.

So all around from multiples sites and call I've made he seems fine , was told to go to vet to be sure of course but like I said it's not really possible atm.

He didn't seem lethargic in any way and was responsive (sit etc)

He's a 11 and a half months old Labrador boxer mix

Thank you for your time and I hope my little buddy is fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Paco is breathing once every three seconds would mean that his respiration rate would be around 20 breaths per minute with the physiological rate between 18 and 34 per minute meaning Paco is at the bottom of that range. I would however recommend you visit a Veterinarian to be on the safe side, but I understand your concerns; without examining Paco I cannot say whether or not he is out of the woods or if any complication (brain injury, internal bleeding etc…) would become a problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Been now 15h and other than a random coughing but no blood that's comes maybe so so every 4-5 hour and last not even 3-4 coughs he's being completely normal.

Well that's when he was sleeping to I'm guessing it was normal rate from what you say.

He's still doing fine eating driving , urine and stools are fine and gums pink like they should be.

Really there was nothing alarming other than the cough I talked about .

I will do ASAP altought it will not be until a week or so until im able to unless I see emergency reasons.

I think it was more scare than harms.


But let me know if I should lookout for anything else and if possible after how much time passed of acting normal he would be deemed fine (I think 48h but you know better.)


Thank you for your time

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Riley
Labrador Retriever mix
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Blood In Stool

Our black lab Beagle mix has been acting odd the last 2 days. He sleeps all the time and has been going and hiding in really wierd places to sleep. My husband noticed blood in his stool yesterday and he says it smelled like a "gut shot deer" and he thinks he might be bleeding internally. Riley has not been injured at all lately to cause any damage but he does have some lumps and tumors on random parts of his body. I looked at his gums to check if he was anemic and they look normal, I even pressed on them and they returned to normal color fairly quickly. Is it possible to bleed internally if he didn't have any injuries or accidents? Wondering what we can do for him at his age. Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Riley is having this happen. It would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian, as he may have an intestinal infection or condition that would benefit from treatment. Hopefully it is something simple and is taken care of easily. I hope that he is okay.

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Brownie
Stray puppy
1 Month
Moderate condition
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My puppy(1.5 month old) is howling and whining continuously, I think that something is wrong with his leg because he can't seem to put it down, maybe there is an internal injury because I can't see any injury on the outside.
ALSO He is not our pet he just came here and since he came here he has been totally uncomfortable. Is it because he is missing his mommy or what? Do dogs feel that way ,I mean do they miss their mother if they are separated. Main thing is his leg hurts what should I do?( For three days he has been crying).

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Brownie, I can't tell if he has a dislocation, a fracture, an abscess, or another type of injury. Since he seems in such obvious distress, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, determine what might be wrong, and give any treatment that might be necessary. I hope that he is okay.

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Bailey
Labrador x Staffordshire Terrior
9 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

been elbowed in stomach with force

My Puppy ( 9 week old staffy x labrador) was just elbowed with quite force in the abdominal region by my flatmate, she seems fine but i was worried she is in shock or something, should I take her into the vet? her breaths are 30 per minute but uneven ( she's sleeping - it's 12.34am here in nz), doesn't seem to be showing any signs of distress when touching her abdomen or body, her heart doesnt seem to be beating irratically or anything but i am still worried

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Bailey is not acting normally in the morning, seems painful, doesn't want to eat, or seems lethargic, it would be a good idea to have her examined and make sure that she didn't' sustain any injuries. I hope that she is okay.

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Max
Pit bull
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Vomited blood

I think my dog have throat injury because I accidentally pulled him and my dog vomited blood once then he coughed for like 10 min then hes back to normal breathing and he seems okay and normal but I really think he have throat injury. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If you think that he has an injury to his neck, he should be seen by your veterinarian. He may need to be sedated so that your vet can examine the back of his throat, but they may be able to examine him without sedating him and see what is going on in his throat. In the meantime, you don't want anything on his neck like a tight collar or leash, and if he has any problems eating or swallowing, he may need soft food for a while. I hope that he is okay.

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Enzo
Shih Tzu
1 Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Bleeding

I think my dog got hit by a car ( idk because I wasn’t there ) and he’s bleeding in one paw and has a red like circle on the top of his pupil ( blood colored like ) what do I do!? help me

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If your small dog may have been hit by a 2000 pound vehicle, he should be seen by a veterinarian. He may need medication or supportive care, and a veterinarian will be able to assess him, determine what might have happened, and recommend any testing or treatment that might be necessary. I hope that Enzo is okay.

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Sam
Chihuahua
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Responsive
blood in vomit
Blood In Urine

Medication Used

Dolan
Bactrim

Hi, i have a 3-4 lbs chihuahua who was recently attacked by our german sheppered dog. Given his huge built he was thrown back and forth. We managed to pull them apart and gained enough time for us to take our little dog out of his reach. We gave him some pain killer medication to alleviate him from the pain of the debacle but he started to pee with blood and vomitt with faint traces of blood as well. He was limping a bit but that vanished about an hour after his pain reliver medication. Is this a sign of internal injury? There is no available doctor at this time what should we do? Although he’s been responding well to our calls and he’s apetite also hasn’t change.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In this kinds of traumatic injuries it is important to get to a Veterinarian (general or emergency) regardless of distance or cost since without a thorough examination we cannot tell the extent of the injury; when a dog thrashes another dog (or any animal) around it is a sign that the dog is intending to kill. You should keep Sam calm and do not to give any aspirin as this would thin the blood making any possible internal bleeding worse; also ensure that Sam is hydrated and not moving. Again, regardless of distance, you should visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
Australian Cattle Dog, American Bulldog mix
5 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

not eating normally

My puppy accidentally got kicked in the stomach area, it hurt her really bad, she winced and then hunched over for a couple seconds, and then I started crying because i got really scared, she started giving kisses and acting normally. So throughout the day she was acting normally, she was eating fine, since she stole some of the cats food and then my nephews food. It had dairy in it, which typically makes her sick. When it came time for her food she seemed to act distant, she always has an appetite, she was eating fine with training time, and then the food she stole. She would eat her food out of my hand, but not her bowl. I was beginning to believe that it was from her tummy maybe still hurting. She just got out of heat, or in the final stage. (Being spayed next week) I don't know if she ate too much today, got ahold of something bad, or her tummy is in pain. I felt all around her tummy and pushed gently and she didn't seem to care, nothing was hurting her. I have anxiety disorder and so the situation was terrifying to say the least... She is acting completely normal and no signs of pain, just the not eating made me super anxious.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Willow, I'm not sure if she is painful, or just doesn't feel good because she ate all the things that she shouldn't! It would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian if her appetite doesn't get back to normal, or if she just doesn't seem herself. They will be able to see her, assess her pain levels and GI function, and treat her for what is happening, if she needs it. I hope that all goes well for her!

My dog had been hit by a car on last night unfortunately these days r Chinese new year the nearby veterinary clinics did not open, I don't know what to do know I'm so anxious... Pls could any experts guide me how to minimize my dog's torture? This morning his upper abdomen seems to be swollen, his eyeballs became red n half body cannot climb

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Soldier Boy
American Staffordshire Terrier
8 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Latha

I have a 8 yo American Staffordshire terrier Soldier that I believe was hit by a car. He has some road rash and couple of puncture wounds. He seems to be walking slowly but without any type of limp. He is expectedly sore. He cry’s a little when moving around or getting up. I’ve been able to get him to eat and drink some. My concern is his abdomen. While it’s not swollen it is very tight. How worried should I be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any case where you suspect that a dog (or cat etc…) has been hit by a car you should visit your Veterinarian to assess the extent of the injuries; internal bleeding, brain injury, fractures, pneumothorax among other issues may occur due to the trauma. Without examining Soldier Boy I cannot say whether or not to be concerned, but you should visit your Veterinarian regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
French Bulldog
4 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Bloody

I just recently adopted a french bulldog. She's obsessed with fetch, and will play to the point of exhaustion. We have all wood in our apartment so she slips and slides and sometimes dives for the ball straight into furniture, the wall, etc. She always seems fine and happy and wanting to play more. Last night after some indoor fetch, she handed me the ball and it had blood on it. I tried looking in her mouth and didn't see anything too obvious. I put the ball away. She slept with me just fine last night and has seemed normal so far today. I played a little gentle fetch with her this morning and checked the ball each time she gave it back and no blood. She has been chewing on her antler today as well - no blood. Is there anyway she could have some kind of internal bleeding from running too hard into furniture, etc. when playing fetch?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little blood can be scary but may be caused by a variety of issues; a simple injury from biting the tongue or from bumping into something while slipping on the floor may cause some oral bleeding. Keep an eye on Daisy for the time being if there is no further bleeding and she is otherwise in good spirits; if you notice blood again or any other symptoms visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Clara
Mix chihuahua
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite
Depression
Sleepy
Whimpering when being touch
Drinks a little water
Drops of brown pee
Red bump

Medication Used

Meloxicam

My dog Clara was run over this past Sunday. The car was going around 2 miles per hour. (Parking) We took her to the veterinary hospital and they took X-rays and they said she luckily did not break any bones and looked fine. I couldn’t understand because I saw literally get smashed by the tire. Right now five days have passed, she sleeps all day, eats a little, pees drops of brown, and she has a big red bump (the size of a golf ball) on her lower right side where I think her intestine might be. Will she need to be operated?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sometimes injuries from trauma become more obvious after the fact, and Clara may have a hernia that needs to be taken care of, or a hematoma or swelling. Since she doesn't seem to be improving and seems painful, it would be a good idea to have her re-examined by your veterinarian, as something may be obvious now that wasn't immediately after the accident. I hope that she is okay.

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Frosty
Boerboel
7 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain

Hi
My dog was very over weight when we got her 3 years ago. She has lost some weight and was a happy dog. But the last week or so she started limping.
She used to lick he front paw and sometimes bite it so bad that I to put a badge on it to keep her from chewing her foot and that also caused her to limp. I can touch her paws and pressed her leg but she doesn't even flinch but as soon as she gets up to walk she is limping. I know with the hind legs she lays down in her way that causes them to go numb but Im just scared that maybe her weight and age is starting to it toll. She is +/- 7 years old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There may be various different causes for the limping including injury, nerve pain, small foreign object, allergies among other causes; you should stop the biting and licking, I find that a cone works best and you can allow the paw to be aired but you should bathe it a few times to remove any saliva which may also cause irritation. Weight loss is important in a case like this, especially if you notice issue with the back legs; I know it can be difficult but there are many options and diets available to help with this. If there is no improvement in the limping you should pop into your Veterinarian for an examination to ensure it isn’t something more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My puppy has white gums and her poo is black and she just started crying out of no where and put her head down and doesn't move she's really weak is there anything we can do ? she's a yorkie she's 7 weeks old

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Jakki
Pomeranian
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My 2 months old dog went under car tyre and it has got internal injuries i took to clinic doctor gave 2 injection to stop bleeding and they said it has got hurt to internal if its alive by tomorrow bring it back ...will my puppy recover?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Jakki I cannot assess the extent the injuries sustained when hit by the car; internal bleeding, brain injury, spinal trauma among other factors need to be evaluated. I am unable to give you an indication of prognosis because traumatic injury isn’t the same in each case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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ted
collie/alsation
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

eating very little

hi discovered lump on his back at top of his shoulder could the knock to his back have hurt his abdomen which i thought the workmans tool box knocked off also his tummy suddenly swollen and sensitive to touch

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I can't see Ted, it is very hard for me to determine what might be causing his problems, whether it might be related to the lump, or his abdomen. If he is not eating, and seems painful, he should be seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him and determine what might be going on .

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Coco
American Staffordshire Terrier
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Large red spot
Fatigue

Medication Used

antibiotics

Coco got in a fight with another dog and was brought to the vet immediately. She was given surgery on her belly and stitched up with a tube for the time being. After two days, she developed a large red spot that mirrored a bad bruise on a human. It is not a hard spot but rather squishy and she doesn’t show discomfort when we touch it but she is a very tough 65 pound pit bull.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have the spot looked at by your veteirnarian, as it may be a seroma, or a complication from the injury that didn't show up until now. They will be able to determine if it is anything to worry about, and what treatment may need to happen, if any.

My dog also had a surgery and she also was given the tube for three days. Today is her second day of having the tube and she was supposed to have it removed tomorrow. However, just a few minutes ago she somehow managed to pull it out even though she has a collar cone on her. She made a very loud crying noise and fell out her bed waking me up. I’m really worried about her, however she’s not bleeding as far as I can see as she’s lying on her stomach now. She’s a little 7kg dog and she doesn’t seem to be in pain anymore but I’m wondering whether I should contact the vet to see if they could move the appointment to today instead?

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You
German Shorthaired Pointer
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pale Mucous Membranes
excessive water consumption

My husband and I noticed yesterday that my dogs gums are very pale and he has been consuming a lot of water. He is 12 year old German Shorthair Pointer who is diabetic, hypothyroid and has arthritis. I am wondering if he could possibly have some internal bleeding going on given the info I have read. He is acting mostly normal otherwise, slight nausea over the last week but not vomitting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for pale gums with internal bleeding being one of them; other causes may be due to anaemia, poisoning, kidney disease, infections (both bacterial and parasites), autoimmune disease, cancer among other causes. Without examining him and doing a blood test (both blood counts and biochemistry), I cannot say what the specific underlying cause is; you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Akita
Akita Inu
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling, blood

My dog got hit by a car, she has a pneumothorax. The air hasn’t left her internal space and her breathing has gone back to normal. The vet says that she should Be fine as far as that goes. And they put her hip back into place. But one thing none of the vets we went to have been able to answer is . She was bleeding from the nose and mouth obviously from head trauma but they say no actual damage was done to her brain/skull. But her eye is awaken and has red blood all through it and around it. No vet can tell me why or if it’ll get better ?

Any thoughts on what the issue could be ??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Being hit by a car is obviously a serious traumatic experience and with these types of injuries there are various issues which may occur with no two animals being exactly the same. Without examining the eye, I cannot determine the overall severity of the presence or blood or how or if it will improve. You should monitor her progress for the time being and look for any improvements in the eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Selina
Beagle
1 Week
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a week old beagle and her nose
is bleeding because the plastic jar with water fell on her when her mommies run after when she sees a cat. What should we do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Selina sustained a trauma to her nose that is causing bleeding, she should be seen by a veterinarian to assess any damage and determine if she needs any treatment. I hope that she is okay.

My dog had a bad seizure not he can’t walk all four limbs are weak and he won’t stand but he does react to touching the limbs he can move them. He won’t drink but will eat and he is using the bathroom on him self he turns to one side some times and he has tremors and light pink gums all the blood work has can back normal all the X-rays are normal doctors don’t know what is going on. Do you have any advice or anything that we can look at. Desperate to help him he weighs 67 pounds and doctor says in good health he’s three years old found him unresponsive when came home from work and he had a grand male seizure at the dog hospital and died and they. Thought him back. Any advice ??

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Bentley
Lab/Shepherd
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing
Difficulty Walking

My dog got into a fight with my roommates dog 7 hours ago. The dog latched onto the back of his neck and wouldn’t let go for about 15 seconds. He was walking fine immediately afterwards, but now doesn’t want to get up to walk and when he does, he’s having difficulty. He does have a small cut on his front leg, but nothing major. He seems very anxious and growls if I get near him. I noticed a small red spot on his belly, but he won’t really let me look at it. He seems like he’s breathing fairly rapidly. He was able to go to the bathroom just now, but had to be taken out on a leash as he refuses to move on his own. He did eat and drink water after the incident.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bentley I cannot determine the severity of any injury, it is possible that he is breathing rapidly in response to pain but I cannot say what specifically is causing pain; allow him to rest but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination before the weekend to put your mind at rest and possibly to get some pain relief for him as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Beagle
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 18lbs beagle was recently diagnosed with a bad back. We have a 65lbs goldendoodle puppy that wants to play with the beagle constantly and won’t stop pouncing on her. The beagle occasionally has blood in her stools. Is it possible the puppy is causing these injuries to the beagle? If so, what can we do to prevent this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that active playing with a much larger dog may cause back strain, you may either separate them which is probably not an option or try to go through some training with the puppy to play less aggressively with Baby. I’ve placed some articles below which should help, at the bottom of each article there is a section where you may ask a certified dog trainer a follow up question. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/not-play-aggressively https://wagwalking.com/training/not-play-rough

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Coconut
Chihuahua
22 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Medication Used

none

My dog coconut jumped out of my arms today and landed on her side. As soon as she landed she pooped everywhere, and it scared me. She is acting fine now like nothing is wrong. Could this be something serious? People keep telling me that I have just scared the poop out of her where she is a Chihuahua.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any fall from height should be treated seriously, whilst you may have scared Coconut to the point of defecation I think you should still have her checked over by a Veterinarian to be on the safe side; without examining her I cannot say whether or not if there is any serious injury or other issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Patch
Border Mix
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My 8 year old Border mix passed two blackish-tarry stools yesterday. I understand that passing stool like this can mean internal bleeding so I called the local animal ER and explained that he ate his entire dinner, was drinking water, and not lethargic at all...in fact we was wrestling with my other dog shortly after. They stated it doesn't sound like a "emergency" but to just watch my dog for the next 24 hours and if it's still continuing today, and/or if he's not eating, drinking or is lethargic - to go ahead and bring him in. So should I continue to monitor him or go ahead and take him in? All of the information is confusing and stressful. Any advice is welcome.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black tarry stool generally indicates the presence of digested blood which may be caused by gastrointestinal bleeding, upper respiratory tract bleeding, consumption of raw blood or meat among other causes; the underlying issues for gastrointestinal bleeding may include gastric ulcers, poisoning, foreign objects, tumours among other causes. You should monitor Patch and his faeces for now, but you should visit the Emergency Veterinarian if you are stressing or looking for peace of mind. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spots
Chihuahua
7 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Weakness

My little sister accidentally fell on my dog and he cried for a few seconds and then he just stood up and stayed there. I tried to carry him and he cried. And he does not want to walk. What will happen to him? And what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Spots I cannot determine the extent of any injury, you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian immediately for an examination and an x-ray to look for signs of internal injury; the weight of a small child can be enough to cause fatal injury to a small dog. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Benny
chihuahua mix
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging

So I was closing a door pretty fast and my dog ran right into it and hit his head he whimpered a little bit but then continued to run. I finally got him into his create and he started gagging but was ok after a few min. My mom said he should be ok but I'm really worried.He can walk and run just fine but I could here his head hit the door and it was pretty hard I put him in his crate to come down but should I take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any head injury should be seen by a Veterinarian especially if there was an attempt to vomit or there was vomiting; brain injury is a serious concern and should be addressed if found. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gibson
Pitt
Three Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Almost paralyzed in all four limbs

Medication Used

He’s on a steroid now

When got home wasn’t moved limbs was twitching and had almost white gums very pale was dis Oreo enraged and had a few small seizure took to vet they did blood work X-rays and all normal he’s eating but won’t drink so giving him fluids. He has been at vet for three days on fluids and steroids and did have seizure meds once he can move his limbs a little on his own and he turns here n there but he can’t stand up or walk. He pees on him self no bowl movement yet. He did whine the first night but hasn’t since. His pupils was huge for the first day he will lick I now and he tries to get up and will slowly wag his tail. The vets have no clue what’s going on with him. Can you give me any advice or anything to look for ? All the blood work and X-rays are normal ! Please help all bitials are normal also

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Gibson or knowing more about his condition, it isn't possible for me to comment on what might be going on with him, but he may need ongoing supportive care until he is returning to normal. He seems to be taken care of by your veterinarian, and sometimes things happen that we never figure out, but we treat until things have improved. I hope that he is okay.

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Chloe
havanese mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Cuts

My dog was hit by a car yesterday. We brought her to the vet, and they said they were concerned she may have head trauma because her nose was bleeding. She has some cuts on her leg, thigh, and her eye. Her stomach is scuffed up pretty bad. They suggested we bring her into the emergency clinic. We did that but they wanted us to pay for treatment before they treated her. We couldnt afford that. They turned her away. Every other vet had the same policy. Payment upon seeing her. We had to bring her back home. She is eating and drinking water, and wagging her tail and is as loving as usual. She isn't as energetic but I imagine thats because she is sore. My main concern is internal bleeding. What can I do on my end to make sure she is ok?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally you do need to get Chloe examined by a Veterinarian to determine the extent of any injury and to see if there is any internal bleeding or other injuries which may become life threatening. You should try to reach out to a nonprofit for help with the cost of care since I cannot give you any assurance without examining CHloe myself, check the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

I need help. My dog was beatin'up 2 days ago now. And we noticed he cant walk well and hardly swallow her food. And shes breathing so fast. Shes so out of focus like shes not calm. What are we gonna do?

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Rowdy
chihuahua mix
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fell from height, bloody diarrhea
Fell from height

My chihuahua mix fell from a 6 foot high deck, didn’t break anything, and acted perfectly normal after. He even ran back up to the deck. Tonight, I noticed he had bloody diarrhea. I have a child and cannot just pick up and go to the ER, and I have arranged to take him to the Vet’s. Is this treatable? What should I expect from the Vet for treatment?

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if the fall and the diarrhea are related, but a 6 foot fall is a very long distance for a chihuahua to fall and he may have sustained injuries. If he is doing well otherwise, you may be okay to wait until you are able to have him seen, and they can examine him for any injuries. If he becomes lethargic, starts vomiting, or the bloody diarrhea is worsening, it would be best to have him seen on an emergency basis. I hope that he is okay.

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Manuel
Mixed
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
stop eating
Lethargy
Vomiting
Sleepy

My dog Manuel is almost 2 years old, he loves to play and is a bit rough when playing. One of his favorite games is to play (i call it wrestling) with my dad. He tries to bite my dad, while my dad tries to grab him by the legs and turn him over and my dog tries to get out of his hands so he can keep playing (its like a tag game). This goes on every night before my dog goes to sleep (he wont go to sleep if he doesnt has his play time). Recently he's been having some stomach problems, the vet told us to give him a bland diet and any food for 12 hours. He got better, but then yesterday it happened again. I dont know if the rough playing can be the reason why he is having these problems? maybe a hard hit when turning him while playing over could cause something? He never complains when playing, even when it gets a bit to rough he will ask my dad to keep playing.

Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tummy issues may be caused by a variety of different causes, but I don’t think a little roughhousing with your father is going to cause any issues; infections, parasites, stress, poisons, dietary intolerance among other issues may cause similar symptoms. Continue with the bland diet and see if there is any improvement, if this continues return to your Veterinarian for a further checkup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Pug King Charles cavalier
6 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi,
My dog Stella (pugalier) pretty much ran barking at a cars wheel, she looked like she got caught up or went into the middle of the car and came out running. She is acting completely normal, heart rate and respiratory rate is normal as well as gums. I’ve touched her all over and no wimpering or crying, she is eating and drinking fine. She had a small scrape under her eye but no other injuries. Should I be worried and what should I look for? She has sore legs normally due to her platellas (born with this condition)
Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Stella seems to be acting perfectly normally, is eating and drinking okay, and doesn't seem to be limping or favoring any part of her body, she may have gotten incredibly lucky with this accident. If she develops any of those signs, or stops eating and drinking, she should be seen by her veterinarian to make sure that she is okay.

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pandora
Pit bull
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not wanting to move
Sluggish
Not Eating
Not Moving

1 week who i was in a car accident, my car flipped a bunch of times and at some point my dog was ejected from the vehicle. we couldn’t find her for several hours but once she did she didn’t look hurt at all. i wanted to take her to get checked but i had no way to take her to the vet for 2 days and after those 2 days she was acting completely normal so i decided not to. Well today out of nowhere she got really sluggish and didn’t want to walk, she didn’t eat and she won’t go up or down the stairs at all. Her breathing, pulse and gums all looked good from what i followed with a youtube video. do you think this could be a delayed result of the accident? or maybe she got into something today and that’s why she’s acting like this

Also we had left her in the car today with the windows cracked for an hour or so, do you think someone could have gave her something with poison? or unlikely?

if she’s not better by morning we’re taking her to the vet, just hoping for a sooner opinion!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing her, I'm really not sure if she was injured in the accident (possible), is having another problem, or has heat stroke from being in the car, as I don't know what the temperature is where you live. It would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, given all the things that might be going on with her. I hope that she is okay.

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Zabcia
Chihuahua
7 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted

Medication Used

cbd oil
arnica

My Chihuahua was picked up by our Lab when she went for her food bowl. The lab is approx 100 lbs, and the chi is about 5 lbs. The Chi cried and squealed, but there was no blood and there doesn't appear to be any swelling. It looks as tho she picked her up by the nape and released. I was standing right there. The Chi is freaked out but walking on her own and will go potty. She has not thrown up. There is bruising in one area at the nape but nothing on her belly or chest. I don't believe she clenched down or anything. I know I will be told "take her to the vet" but I am asking as there are no puncture wounds and there was no bleeding or tearing, if I can wait a couple days to see how she is doing. She is our families baby and this is heartbreaking. She has been drinking water and ate food also. (Everyone's appetite seems to be shot) Thank you again for your time and advice.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If you witnessed the event, and Zabcia didn't seem to be traumatized other than to be picked up, you may be okay continuing to monitor her. If she does not seem sore, and the bruising resolves, she may be okay. If she is crying, sore, not eating, vomiting, or lethargic, then, yes, you should see her veterinarian.

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Benji
Maltese
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No breathing or movement
Glazed eyes no heart beat

My puppy recently passed away. 2 pit bulls attacked him. He had two puncture wounds on his belly. I saw it all happen. I yelled and screamed for them to stop but it was too late. The owner took awhile to come outside to take his dogs back inside and my puppy was breathing heavily from what I was seeing. Once I got to him he stoppped breathing and moving. He had glazed eyes like he was staring at something and his mouth wide open. I saw no movement as if he had passed away right after. I also didn’t feel a pulse. My question is that keeps going in the back of my mind. Would he had made it to the hospital? I can’t stand the thought of thinking he could’ve and I didn’t take him right away.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, it does not sound like Benji would have made it to the hospital, as this all seems to have happened quickly. I am very sorry for your loss.

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Buddy
Miniature Pinscher
2 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Gasping

My daughter was walking our 10 week old puppy today and they started running.she accidentally stepped on him.next thing i know he starts yelping and when i got over to him and picked him up.his mouth started gushing blood out of it.he was gasping for air and sounded like he had something in his lungs he drank some water and walked around.his breathing is still hesitant.hes sleeping right now.what could have happened.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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A 10 week old puppy is somewhat fragile. He may have suffered significant trauma from that much weight on him, and may have internal injuries. He needs to be seen by a veterinarian, and have some x-rays of him lungs, so see if there is bruising or damage so that he can be treated.

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Molly
Labrador Retriever mix
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Whining

Our dog ran in front of the truck as my fiancee was pulling in the driveway, he was going less than 5 mph. She cried for about 1-2 minutes, but then has been acting normal until late last night. I did have rimadyl that I gave her the first two days. Her gums are colored, no limping, heart rate and resperations and pupils are fine. She only has two scuff marks on the front left arm (near the armpit) and back left leg near the tuck up. She is only whining when trying stairs and when she moves faster. The accident was Thursday evening and this is now Sunday afternoon, I was giving her the rimadyl through yesterday morning was her last dose. The truck did not not go over her just clipped her. I am assuming it's just muscular soreness but thought I should ask anyway. I'm worried that if I give her more of the rimadyl she will over use it and injure it further. We have been keeping her inside except for potty breaks and keeping the other animals from ruff housing her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally any trauma from a vehicle should be seen by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side; sometimes you’ll see an animal in a high speed impact which will not have any issues and another from a low speed one with internal injuries. Without examining Molly I cannot give you any assurance that there isn’t anything more serious going on and would recommend checking in with your Veterinarian. In the meantime, continue to keep her separated from the other dogs and restrict movement as you’ve been doing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mini
Jug
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My 7 year old pug/Jack Russel mix ate a few chicken wings last week. The next day she threw up bits and pieces but not a lot, mostly just liquid. 2-3 days have gone by and she is now having diarrhea. It's gelatinous/mucousy and I believe it's bloody. Not sure if it's blood or from strawberries honestly. And she's doing it I side the house which is very unlike her. She's been eating and drinking except I'm not sure about yesterday and today. She's also not showing any pain even if I press around. she seems normal besides what happened today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any food which a dog is not used to may cause some gastrointestinal irritation, however if the chicken wings where cooked there is the risk of severe gastrointestinal irritation or perforation. It would be blood in the stool as any strawberries would be digested; since this has been going on for a while you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side and to determine if there is any obstruction or issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lunda
French Bulldog
15 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not interested in toys, play
Lethargy

My 15 week french bulldog jumped out of my arms (I’m 5’11”) last night. She landed on her back. She was immediately afraid of me, but was not yelping or crying from pain. She was walking around and did not seem to have any areas of pain. She slept fine though the the night. This morning, she is still walking and she pooped, peed, and are with the same level of excitement she always has. She doesn’t seem interested in play like she does, and is a bit lethargic. Her gums are normal color and her pulse seems normal. We already have an appointment with our vet on Thursday to get her final shots. What should prompt us to go to the Vet between now and Thursday?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any trauma should be seen by your Veterinarian ideally as soon as possible especially if any head trauma is suspected, without examining Lunda I cannot give you any assurances that she will be alright. Keep an eye on behaviour and her eyes, if the pupils are different sizes or the eyes move erratically I would be more concerned; but I would still recommend visiting your Veterinarian earlier than Thursday to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Evan
Poodle
7 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Attack
Not Moving

My dog was attacked and bitten by other dog. He had puncture wounds on his neck. I brought him to the vet and his wounds were cleaned and medicated. He isnt moving at all. he just lies on his side and doesnt move unless i move him. when i move him, his body is limp. he doesnt get up to urinate so he urinates on himself. I am wondering is this normal. Is he in shock from the attack or could it be something internal like broken bone or paralyzed? I would have expected the vet to know this if he is paralyzed when i first brought him in.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Evan and doing some basic reflex test etc… I cannot determine if he is paralysed or if there is something else occurring after this attack. You should keep a close eye on him but this level of lethargy is not normal and you should return to your Veterinarian or visit another one to another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We recently adopted a rescue 6-year old Lab who came with a torn tendon d/t running into the glass door of a house frightened by a firework (she was kept mainly outside). As the story goes... she was left with the injury for at least 3-days prior to getting care. When we adopted her she had already had surgery to repair the tendon and the bandages were taken off. When we took her to have her staples removed, we also got x-rays and the Vet suggested she is showing possible signs of bone caner at the same sight of the trauma. However the x-ray results were inconclusive and they are unsure as to whether its an infection or bone cancer. I am just curious what are the best steps to move forward...

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ace
Pomeranian
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sore
Weakness
Eye Swollen

Yesterday our pomeranian, Ace, struck the wheel of my son's car. He wasn't under the tire, but he hit the tire pretty hard and cut his eye. Last night he seemed fine, other than a little swelling around his eye. He has just begun growling when we touch his tummy and his back legs seem weak. Is this a sign of internal bleeding? He is eating, drinking and he is passing urine, but has not had a bowl movement yet today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any type of trauma like this should be seen by your Veterinarian as I am unable to give you any assurances that Ace hasn’t suffered from a brain injury, internal bleeding or anything else concerning; trauma is very unpredictable and I cannot say for certain that Ace is in the clear or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
Yorkie
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Shaking

my dog got attacked by a lab a couple of weeks ago and he was bleeding but we cleaned it out and since then he’s been fine but tonight he’s been in bed all night and has gotten up a few times but barely gotten up out of bed today and we don’t have the money to take him to the vet and earlier today he was shaking and i don’t know what to do he’s eating, drinking, pooping and peeing

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dog bite wounds can cause significant damage, and Rocky may be suffering after effects of his attack. This episode may also be unrelated. Since I can't see him, it is difficult for me to comment on what might be going on, and he should probably see a veterinarian. Many clinics do offer a free or discounted first exam, and that may allow you to have him seen. There may also be a low cost clinic in your area.

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Buddy
Jack Russell Terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Cervical neck damage

We took our dog to get his nails trimmed we waited outside 15 mins later he couldn’t walk or move
Took him back next day blood test and x rays show nothing. Got him to a specialist neurology. He had damage to c34 and c45? He has neve shown a sign of being in pain or having any issues with his neck. Could be this done at the groomer?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Grooming does involve a certain amount of restraint and dogs are normally restrained by a collar or ‘groomer’s loop’ around the neck with some also using a belly band as well; I honestly cannot comment if this injury was caused by the groomer or not especially since I haven’t made an examination and we don’t have a set of x-rays before to compare with. Cervical vertebrae spaces C3-4 (between vertebrae number three and four) and C4-5 (between vertebrae four and five) are in the center of the neck. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sarita
poodle
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Unable to Eat
Bleeding
Glazing over eyes
Difficulty Walking
Dizziness

hi im asking about my dog sarita who is 15 years and is becoming sick her symptoms is diarrhea, whiteness in her eye ( i thought because of age), unable to focus, bleeding ( she's was never fixed). I am unsure e of what to do. Is putting her down the best option ? She's been given medicine for parasites but only does her any good for a couple a days and i wish not to give her ton loads of medicine because that too is harmful.. im confused any help is greatly appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sarita, I cannot give you any guidance on a course of action or whether medical management or euthanasia is best; given her age and symptoms it would be best to visit your Veterinarian so that they may examine her and if they believe that euthanasia is in Sarita’s best interest they will give their recommendation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diamond
Toy Poodle
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Nose bleed
Not eating
Not drinking

I have a toy poodle and today I found her collapsed on the porch on her side. She had a scrape on her head and she was bleeding from the nose. She is alert when I call her name. She is off balance and can't walk. She is very weak and just been sleeping all day. Her breathing also seem a little shallow but she wil open and close her eyes.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any type of injury to the head (assuming from the scrape to the head) should be examined by your Veterinarian to determine if there is any brain injury; sudden changes in behaviour, activity or breathing after head trauma should be evaluated immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
Golden Retriever
9 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed
Blood In Stool
Hollow stomach

My dog Zoey who just turned 9 was diagnosed with a reverse sneeze, and was treated for that and then it came but but with a lot of snot. So they gave her different medication. Then she had a massive nose bleed, so we took her in and they removed 5 teeth that were in her sinus cavity. They said bleeding won't last long after that but it's been 2 weeks and she is still bleeding out of her nose, so we don't know where to go from here.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there was some dental involvement, it may take some time to fully heal as the wound will not be a simple incision (like on the skin) but will be open and it takes time for recovery to be complete. If you are seeing a lot of blood, it would be best to return to your Veterinarian for a check up to ensure that everything is healing as it should. Without examining Zoey, I cannot say whether the issue is something to be concerned about, but should be checked over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
Golden Retriever
9 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed
Blood In Stool

My dog Zoey who just turned 9 was diagnosed with a reverse sneeze, and was treated for that and then it came but but with a lot of snot. So they gave her different medication. Then she had a massive nose bleed, so we took her in and they removed 5 teeth that were in her sinus cavity. They said bleeding won't last long after that but it's been 2 weeks and she is still bleeding out of her nose, so we don't know where to go from here. They are now saying it could be cancer, could that be true?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst cancer is a possibility, the chances of having teeth affecting the sinus and now cancer is small (but still possible); a blood test may be useful to see if Zoey has a sufficient number of platelets for clotting. Rhinoscopy may also be useful, but caution should be taken as it may cause further bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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max
Jack-A-Ranian
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

i was holding my puppy and he jumped and fell on his head cried and ran away when i got to him their was a sunken area very small on the top of his head but hes acting normal but since he was hit yesterday night hes been acting agressive and today i was playing with him he jump and fell not hard on the back of him head and squealed what should i do???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since head injuries can be more serious than they appear and some injuries may have a delayed onset of symptoms. Your Veterinarian will examine Max for signs of brain injury and determine whether any medical management is needed to control any brain swelling or other issues. Without examining Max myself I cannot give you any assurance that he will be alright or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tony
Shiba Inu
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Yelps and whines a lot
Yelps and whines alot
A bit of blood
Not eating/drinking

So recently my dog was involved in a hit and run, and sent to the animal hospital. His whole underside around his lower half is red and a bit swollen, he has lots of trouble walking on his own, isn’t interested in food or water either. Whenever we try to feed water or food to him by hand he just starts crying. Please help I’m afraid of his appetite loss!

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