What to Do When Your Dog Gets Hit by a Car.
Karma After Getting Hit by a Car
A Traumatic Experience
My dog Karma got hit by a car last night, and it was one of the most traumatic things I've ever experienced. Karma, our border collie pup, slipped out last night when my sons were visiting with their dad in the front yard. No one noticed that anything was wrong until Karma came slinking back to the house, bruised and banged up.
My oldest sons first words were "Karma's face is gone!," which put me into a total panic. Not understanding what had just happened, I looked at her in horror and thought that part of her face was missing. Although there was blood everywhere and she was scraped up, her face was not missing, but her face did look terrible. I actually thought she had gotten bitten by another animal, because the abrasions on her face were actual holes, and they looked like bite marks.
Not only was her face mangled but she had abrasions on her feet and she was walking funny and panting hard. We laid her down in the kitchen where my husband tried to calm her down and get a better look at her injuries. We all thought that she had gotten bitten by something because the wounds looked like bite marks.
After a speedy trip to the emergency vet at two in the morning, the vet took one look at her and said it looked like she had been hit by a car. They took x-rays and said she had two broken ribs and had sustained a hit to her liver. Apparently, when she was hit by the car, she must have tumbled and that's what caused her head injuries and the abrasions on her paws.
Karma spent the night at the vet in intensive care—she was in shock (that's why she was panting hard) and she had to have IV's, antibiotics, and careful observation throughout the night.
Karma Before the Accident
$1,000 Vet Bill
After a $1,000 vet bill and a sleepless night, we were able to pick up our baby this morning and bring her home with us (we actually brought her to work with us, and she hasn't left our side all morning).
We have all been completely traumatized and vow to keep a closer eye on our precious fur-baby.
Injuries to My Dog After Getting Hit by a Car
What to Do If Your Dog Gets Hit by a Car
First of all, don't panic. Your dog might be in shock and already traumatized. Try to stay as calm as possible. Your dog needs you to be calm right now. If your dog will let you, try to see what type of injuries have happened, and then call your vet and give them as much information as possible.
If your dog is bleeding profusely or injured badly, try to gently pick them up and slide them onto a flat board, being very careful. Drive your dog to an emergency veterinary hospital (you might be tempted to speed but keep it safe).
Don't feel bad if your dog is behaving strangely towards you. Your dog had just suffered a traumatic event, and their behavior may be affected.
Symptoms of Shock in a Dog
Karma was suffering from shock after she got hit, and if not treated, she could have died. Here are some of the symptoms of shock in a dog that you need to look out for:
- Pale mucous membranes (inside of the gums, mouth, eyes, etc.)
- Rapid pulse
- Tangible loss of heat to the extremities, particularly the ears.
In Karma's case, her heart was beating very rapidly, and on the way to the vet her gums started getting very pale and she started becoming unresponsive to us.
In general, shock in a dog can be one the most deadly consequences of a serious injury.
Remember, if your dog gets hit by a car, make sure you look out for the possible signs of an injury or shock, even if there are no visible injuries.
In Karma's case, most of her injuries were visible, but even in a mild injury, a dog can be injured internally and needs to be closely watched.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.