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What to Do When Your Dog Gets Hit by a Car


Dorsi is a freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She cares for her beloved Border Collie named Karma.

My poor baby Karma looks awful—you can tell what a traumatic experience getting hit by a car was.

My poor baby Karma looks awful—you can tell what a traumatic experience getting hit by a car was.

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, 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.

Injuries to My Dog After Getting Hit by a Car

Karma is such a sweetheart—even though she was badly injured, she never whimpered or tried to bite us.

Karma is such a sweetheart—even though she was badly injured, she never whimpered or tried to bite us.

Symptoms of Shock in a Dog

When my dog, Karma, got hit by a car, it was one of the most traumatic things I've ever experienced. 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.)
  • Weakness
  • 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 of 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.

Karma Before the Accident

This is my baby girl Karma—if she had gotten killed, I would have lost one of my best friends.

This is my baby girl Karma—if she had gotten killed, I would have lost one of my best friends.

A Traumatic Experience

Karma, our Border Collie pup, slipped out 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 son's 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 IVs, antibiotics, and careful observation throughout the night.

$1,000 Vet Bill

After a $1,000 vet bill and a sleepless night, we were able to pick up our baby in the 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 were all completely traumatized and vowed to keep a closer eye on our precious fur-baby.

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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.


Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on May 13, 2013:

@nikki) I am so sorry. My sons dog just got hit and killed on the freeway in Dec. and it was the saddest thing. Is your dog going to be able to make it?

nikki on May 13, 2013:

I just wish people would stop and say something I live on a farm and my dog just got hit today and I didn't know until the kids next door called when they got to school and my dog was laying on the side of the road with a broken back by himself for almost an hour it was the hardest thing I had ever seen and would not want anyone to ever have to see that so plz if you hit someone dog or cat just stop and let someone know so they can get help for the cat or dog :'(

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on April 30, 2013:

@harry) your baby sounds like a sweetheart - and I did not know Shelties had that herding instinct.

Unfortunately, I lost my precious Karma last year. I think someone poisoned her. It was heart-breaking and I still think about her every day. Best of luck with your girl and may you have many many years of companionship ahead of you...

harry Johnson on April 16, 2013:

I have a Sheltie and before I got her I probably should have read a little. Other than natural causes the leading cause of sdeaths for Shelties is being hit by a car because of their herding instincts. Further reading basically said "no matter how well you think your Sheltie is trained under no circumstances should that dog be walked without a leash". I am really really happy for you that she lived. By the way I in mno way meant the quote I showed you to put blame on you for not being more careful. I was just showing you that so you're aware of a Sheltie untethered not in a yard. One last thing.Your dog is absolutely gorgeous and again I'm thrilled still alive. One of my reasons for getting a Sheltie after having 3 collies was basically everything I did read said you might have a Sheltie live to be 20. At the local dog park I did see one playing that was 18! I'm sort of all cried out after the 3 collies so hopefully she can cry for least for a little while.LOL

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on March 06, 2012:

@Albert) Oh Albert I am so sorry about Pampy. That must have been so traumatizing to see him get hit and suffering now. Please let me know how he is doing and yes I will pray for you both!

Albert on March 05, 2012:

i want to share what happened an hour ago: i have a dog named "pampy'.. i was leaving the house to get my scooter to the nearest gasoline station and i didn't noticed that my dog is following me from behind, then he ran suddenly that he passes me and waits for me on the other side of the road.. i was shouting his name to come back and asking him not to go there because it is dangerous.. --but its too late, he was hit by a bus.. i saw my dog flew and bounce off the road.. my heart crashed, tears fell from my eyes.. i ran to him and carry his blood soaked body on our home.. i checked for his injuries and saw an open deep wound that you could see his bones.. and i think there is a high chance that there is a broken bone inside him.. i gave him a first aid (treating ONLY his wounds).. he was still alive and fighting for his life and the pain he was suffering.. unluckily i couldn't get him to the vet right now because here in the philippines there is no 24/7 vet clinic nearest me.. they just operate from morning til' afternoon (8am-5pm).. it's already 12:43am here by the way.. now, i'm waiting for the time to passed by so i finally get my dog to the vet clinic this morning.. i couldn't sleep, i was crying and hoping that my dog will be fine.. please pray for my dog! :'(

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on February 20, 2012:

@Pamina) I am so sorry about Kobe. RIP Kobe boy.

Pamina on February 20, 2012:

I just lost my dog on jan 27th;( he was a yorkie and his name was Kobe! My mom let him out to potty and he ran out into the road and got hit and the driver took off.. My mom Took him inside and wrapped him in a towel bc he was crying..than she called

Me! It was my nightmare coming true.. I sped home and took him to the vet! He was normal.. Wasn't crying. Maybe bc he was with his mommy.. They took him to the back and I was patiently waiting.. Than he came out and told me that he had a broken back and there was nothing they could do about it! So I had to put him down... :( I miss my son!

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on February 14, 2012:

@Claudia) I'm sorry Claudia. Poor little guy. Hope he's OK.

Claudia on February 13, 2012:

Is any one going to read my message? PLEASE READ IT!!!!!

Camille and Claudia on February 12, 2012:

May 19,2010. Our dog got an accident by hit car.. My mom took our dog Casper to the park. She threw ball and Casper supposed catch the ball somehow he saw baby bird fly so he chased a bird.. I screamed and called Casper also I ran but it was too late, he got hit by car..

My dog was 1 year old before his

B-day.. Casper is doxie and dachshund . The firefighter took him.. My brother told us that the firefighter came by my place and told my bro. that Casper is alive. He will bring Casper to us back when he gets better but never hear from firefighter man long time since last may 19,2010.. We has been looked for our Casper..we still miss our dog!! Want him back!!!!!!!!

Claudia on February 12, 2012:

Poor dog my dog got a car crash he was chasing A bird he got confuse he thought it was a ball but it not a ball my dog is doxie half dachshund he has white paws like a shoe and white in middle brown all over he has black nose his jaw Is broke on left 2 month old reward $100 phone number is 1760??????? The sPca said fireman took him to hospital now he got adpot please post a common .

Shaila on February 10, 2012:

Hi sup

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on February 10, 2012:

@Rosanne) I am SO sorry Rosanne. How is Snoopy doing?

Rosanne on February 06, 2012:


Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 16, 2012:

I'm sorry Danielle)

Danielle on January 14, 2012:

My dog got hit last night and the guy that hit him doesn't even care and refuses to help with the vet bills...My puppy is now gone forever in heaven.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 09, 2012:

@barbara) That's interesting. I am wondering if he is associating getting hit with your daughter? I would give it some time unless he is getting VERY aggressive then I would definitely consult with your vet. I think he just needs a lot of quiet time to readjust. Karma was acting weird for quite sometime after she got hit. It's very traumatic for them.

barbara on January 06, 2012:

Our dog Biscuit pulled out of his collar, ran into the street after our neighbour's cat and was hit by a car. After spending nine days at the vets, he's home but has become aggressive towards our youngest daughter. She was the one who spoke to him first and tried to calm him while people were jacking the car up. Any suggestions on how to deal with this?

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 02, 2012:

@Theresa) Glad to hear he is improving. Thank God he made it. Thanks for reading Theresa.

@Ivan) Wow I'm sorry to hear this. Glad you are both OK. I believe the guys insurance should cover you for injuries and medical and or/vet bills. I would follow up with that. Hope things get better.

keely now 12 years old on December 31, 2011:

much better dorsie and sorry i haven't gotten to type back sooner i just got a new lap top

Ivan on December 30, 2011:

I am feeling very sorry for all these stories and special to the first post of Karma. She is very cute. I came to thus site looking advice on the internet because my german shephard Mason and myself got hit by a 86 year old driver. I was walking my 2 fogs as ussual and he was driving faster than ussual for a condo community in Fl. I went to the hospital and txs God no fractures but my dog, i saw him fly as he received the impact as well so bad that his car windows crashed. He can walk fine and is hungry and no apparent injuries. I reviewed him everywhere and pressed his ribs. Paws, legs and seems no pain byt wonder if he may later develop any consequences of this accident. I am unemployed and all ER request payments upfront. Wonder if any of you have any advice. I have auto insurance so I called Geico but the adjuster will call me next week. Tomorrow is the end of the year and only hope my Mason will be ok.

Theresa on December 29, 2011:

my rescue dog got hit this morning. He is ten pounds and suffered bangs and head trauma. I am lucky, my vet referred us to the emergency hospital, they gave him a round of meds to reduce brain swelling. I had a call earlier that he is responding with vision in both eyes again. The dr said he is cautiously hopeful for recovery. I am just praying he makes it. I will take xtra care this time to make sure he doesn't get past anymore gates. Thanks for the story... I am encouraged.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 29, 2011:

@tay) She sounds like a lucky dog. Myself, I think she will be OK but I'm not a vet. You can also apply for Care Credit with most vets to help pay vet bills. It's a credit card that you have to pay back but they will sometimes issue it right away. You can ask your vet about it if you decide to take her in. Best of luck and I hope she continues to do well.

taymadgal on December 29, 2011:

tonight, my sons were out walking with my daughter's yorkie pom, cocoa chanel, and she was hit by the neighbor lady's suv. She doesn't seem to be injured or sore other than her one eye seems irritated. She doesn't seem to have any of the symptoms of shock that I have read about. She is running and jumping, she ate her dinner just fine, and she has been playing with her tennis balls. Do I have to keep her from sleeping, just in case? I don't have enough money to take her to the vet and I learned when she got sick awhile back that I have to pay upfront or they won't treat the animal.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 26, 2011:

@Megan) Oh my gosh I am so sorry. How devastating. I know it's hard but you did a great thing by helping them with the dog after you hit him. It is not your fault, a total accident so please don't beat yourself up over this. My thoughts and condolences are with all of you.

MeganB1976 on December 24, 2011:

Last night, I accidentally struck & killed my neighbor's dog as I was pulling into my dead end street. Both the owner & one of our other neighbors saw it happen. Apparently, the little guy was across the street from his home and suddenly darted back into the street just as I was going by. He was killed almost instantly.

It was like a nightmare. The owners are devastated, and although they have assured me that they don't blame me, I couldn't feel worse. I can't get the image of his little body laying in the streetout of my mind, or stop hearing the heartbreaking wails of his mommy & daddy. She was too distraught to function & her husband didn't want to leave her alone,so I told them what I knew of the local emergency vet and what their options would be in terms of disposal.According to their wishes, I took his body to the emergency vet & handled all of the costs. I don't know what else I can do. Is there a protocol that follows a situation like this? I just wish I'd come home maybe 5 minutes later. These poor people. And just before Christmas.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 20, 2011:

@Keely) What a scary experience. Are you OK now?

Damien) How is your dog doing now?

Damien on December 12, 2011:

My dog got hit by a car and I found him outside the road of my house . I brought him back in the house and he is whining and trembling . The vet is close as its night time and I hope my dog can bare till tomorrow to see a vet ..

lol on December 08, 2011:

bury it

keely o'neill on December 06, 2011:

i am a 11 years old girl who just 4 weeks ago jumped out of the truck my dad owns. my dads girl friend was driving and we were like 2blocks awway from home and she started making a funny noise like she was ckhoking so i natrully asked (not knowing she couldn't here me)asked "jeana are you okay" she didn't answer.and then there was a thud and the blue truck jumped and i lokked forward and saw just in time the 35 speed limit sighn go over the truck. and emidiatly i thought a' she;s having a stroke or heart attack' and we by this time jena was shaking her hands and her tounge was looled out so we wee like in front of the aparments that were in front of my grandmas house so i turned torward jenae and said "jenae i'm gonna go get help" and i turned torward the passanger side and opened it (don't get me wrong we were going like 70mph) and it buffeted me back alittle btu i opened it and stepped out onto the moving road and tipped sideways onto my left arm. i heard a crunch. i got up (don't know how or if i had been uncosssiues when i stepped out of the moving vehicle) i was crying,standing i the middle of the road screaming "Jeana" "jena". the car was still moving and it got onto a patch of grass right behind it lay a thick of trees. so not wanting to see what happened next i ran to my granmas house and told her "debbie debbie she went down the lane into the trees" (debbie is my dads ex) grandama asked whos debbie? i remebered jeana "jena went itnto the trees" grandma looked at lee. (her boyfriend) and said "go check it out" so now

my arm is better but i had broken my shoulder, and fractered my pinckie,wrist and hand.

jeana's hole left side of her left leg is hattered and broken. it turns out jeana had a sezer.

any qeustions please anwer back (comment on dosie's site)

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 02, 2011:

@Ada) Glad to hear this helped and your fur-baby is recovering!

Ada on December 01, 2011:

Thanks for the help. Because of this web site i knew what to look out for! my dog is doing ok now but her back leg still gives her trouble,but i have a brave gloden retriver that's very luky!AAnd tell Karma i said hi.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 01, 2011:

@Yesenia) Thanks for reading. Karma is doing great.

@Yashoo) I am so sorry Yashoo. That must have been devastating. Feel free to talk about it here.

Yashoo on December 01, 2011:

what should I have done if I saw a small puppy getting crushed to death by a car in front of my eyes

Yesenia on November 29, 2011:

I hope your dog gets cousin's dog went through that too.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on November 29, 2011:

@Joy) I know what you mean. It always stays with you when you truly love them.Thank you for reading.

@maryjane) Yes it seems so, doesn't it? I am glad to hear your dog is recovering and yes, it's a very scary thing.

ronny motown on November 27, 2011:

HEHE guess that's some BAD karma!

maryjane707 on November 26, 2011:


Joy on November 26, 2011:

Christine & AngelKiss, My heart cries for your recent losses, so fast but painfully traumatic. (Christine, our Crystal (read above) mysteriously appeared to 2 family members twice, as did my father to me days after he passed, wearing a big smile & looking happy. I believe spirits need to say good-bye properly before moving into the light.) Since losing Crystal, we've since adopted 4 std poodles (2 rescues) in Crystal's honor, all a loving joy. One is so much like Crystal in spirit and personality, it's as though Crystal never left us...still gives me goosebumps. There is still much love on the other side :)

Joy on November 25, 2011:

Very sorry about Sosy...but happy for Karma's recovery. Lost my 7yo sweet std poodle several years ago when my precious angel got loose off her leash and got hit and thrown by a truck on the road. (My young nieces sneaked out to walk my dog on a busy street without my knowing it.) Crystal died as we arrived in our vet's parking lot. Devastating to this day. Luv you forever my sweet angel Crystal! Hugs to Karma.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on November 14, 2011:

@Angel) I am so sorry about Sosy. RIP Sosy girl. Please come back anytime if you just want to talk.

ANGELKISS on November 11, 2011:


Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on November 10, 2011:

@Christine) I am so sorry about your fur-babies death. And WOW, yes I think she is letting you know she is OK. That is amazing.

Christine on November 08, 2011:

My dog got hit by a car and died 3 weeks ago yesterday. She drug herself about 100 ft back to the house and died under some tall shrubs we have near our house. There is a window that leads to some stairs (that goes to our basement). Today (this morning) my husband turned on the light and saw her for just a brief moment. She lifted her head and she was gone. What do you guys make of this? We miss her dearly and think of her often. Do you guys think she was telling us that she's ok now?

I am not sure what to make of it.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on November 08, 2011:

Jessyka) OMG I am so sorry. What a horrible decision to have to make. Are there any resources for vets willing to help you out with this? Let me know how things go.

Jessyka on November 07, 2011:

My dog also got hit by a car. The front door was blown open and my dogs got out sometime between 2 and 5 in the morning and we looked for 2 hours and found my 2 year old lab laying in the street with my older dog licking her face. She was bleeding from the mouth and had thrown up and when to the bathroom on her self. We got a board and put took her to the vet. She has now bine there for 3 days on pain killer intell we can come up with 5,000 dollors for her surgery she needs to repair her badly broken legs and torn lung. Its heart braking to have to go through all this she is our baby not even 2 yet. our oppions are to come up with 5 grand or put her to sleep.): We cant even pay rent after my boyfriend lost his job 2 weeks ago let alone 5 grand to save her.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on October 31, 2011:

@Faith) I am so sorry about your dog.That must have been devastating.

@Ron) I agree Ron. However, when people hit dogs I wish they would stop and try to find the owner or call the animal control so they don't lay suffering on the road. There seem to be a lot of hit and runs when it comes to dogs and cats.

RON on October 28, 2011:





Faith madden on October 25, 2011:

Your lucky I'm 11 years old, you got a chance to save her, my baby Pug must have ran into a car because my moms neace found her in their yard because they live next to us and she was playing with her 5 year old brother, saw something in the far corner of their yard and found her dead:( I've hade chickens die before but this hurts very much because she was like one of the kids;( ;( ;( ;( ;(

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on October 17, 2011:

@kevin) Thanks for sharing about Charles. It's good to hear a story with a good ending because so many dogs die after being hit by a car. Glad to hear you had great help too.

kevin schickedanz on October 13, 2011:

i have a pug and yesterday my best friend was hit by a old guy who shouldn't even have a car with how bad his eye sight is... but any way i got off work and came home charles (my pug) was on his chain and i took him off and i usally take him inside but my wife told me the other night that he pee"ed on the rug in the basement so i kept him out side so i could visually see him pee and he got excited and ran out in the street thinking we were going on a car ride seeing as we didn't go directly inside and the i heard a thud and a cry i ran to the street and saw charles trying to run back to the house from under the vehicle and watched as the back tire ran over his backside and i live in a small town in south dakota there is no emergecy vet around ... besides that i thought he was dead so i ran after the car yelling and cussing i cuaght up to it kicked the car yelled for the driver to get out and its this old man from out of town he was like "what happened "he had no idea what he did so i explain in tears and said sorry about the kicking ... and that's when i looked over and saw charles on his back feet up i ran to him picked him up and the closest vet that was open was 90 miles away i got in the envoy and started speeding duing 110 mph in a 65 10 min later cops pulled me over while on the way expained why and he even gave me a escort there at a lesser speed of course 85 mph i thanked him and turns out he had 3 broken ribs 4 fractured ribs bleeding in his lungs and lived charles in recovering now with me right at my side thank god for small town highway patrol and the vet who saved his life...

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on September 04, 2011:

@Ben) I am very sorry about your dog. How traumatizing. Take care and I hope you found a little comfort reading others stories here.

ben on September 01, 2011:

I'm happy your dog survived, she is very beautiful.

My dog got hit by a car today and unfortunately stopped breathing and died before we even reached the vet.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on August 28, 2011:

@Lidya) I am so sorry about Charly. How insensitive of that that person not to even stop after hitting him with her car. RIP Charly.

Lidya rip CHARLY on August 28, 2011:

The lady up thr st hit my charly she stoped and just drove off like nothing didn't apologize or anything, then my husband called from jail and asked me babes wheres are baby charly and I had to tell him cause charly has bells aroumd his lil gurry neck, my husband cried souch

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on August 21, 2011:

Oh Lisa I am so sorry. How horrendous. Despite our best intentions,sometimes our furbabies escape us , not realizing the danger. It is not your fault! You will get through this, it does get better in time. I am glad you found some solace here. RIP Tiffy.

Lisa on August 20, 2011:

Thank you for this. My princess tiffy got killed by a car on Tuesday and I am heartbroken. She saw another dog across the street and bolted. She was only 8lbs and ran right into the tire and broke her neck. She was bleeding out of her ear and passed away instantly, i saw her eyes just become blank. I can't stop crying. It was so horrific to watch and i can't stop replaying the moment in my head. I feel so guilty and a horrible owner. I just wish i could of changed that day. just 1 minute after and the car and dog wouldn't of been there. i miss her so much. she was my bebe! How long will it take to feel better again? I feel my heart is scattered!

I am so blessed for all the dogs that did get hit and survived! it is a true realization that life is so precious and can be ripped from you in a second. Thank you all for sharing your stories, i know don't feel so all alone in my misery!

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on June 10, 2011:

@Jon) Yes I Thanks for stopping by!!

Jon Hensley on June 07, 2011:

Does anyone else see the irony in "Karma" getting hit by a car?

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on May 25, 2011:

@northbuds) Glad to hear your bosses dog is OK. Yes sounds like he is one tough cookie! Thanks for reading and sharing.

northbuds on May 19, 2011:

Im glad karma is okay. My dog boss got ran over by a truck at 3 months old. Shattered his hind leg. But after 6 months made a full recovery. He is three now. And just got hit by another car. ... he is one tough dog. Money wise he came out better than the car did. I can't stand to think of lossing a loved animal. Money isn't and issue when its for a loved part of ur family. To Imelda. Really!! Yea that sucks. But a car can be fixed.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on April 18, 2011:

@kboys mom) I am so sorry about Dexter. It sounds like he fought the good fight. Him dying so soon after you left makes me wonder if he didn't want you to see that part. Dogs are so smart and I am so very sorry again. I know how much it hurts. We lost our queensland healer/border collie mix years ago when she was hit by a car. My husband and sons went into identify her and they still get sad thinking about it. Our furry friends are part of the family, aren't they?

kboys mom on April 16, 2011:

I am so glad I happened on to this site....Our beloved family dog, a chocolate lab named Dexter, got hit by a car right outside our house (a residential street with speed limit of 25 MPH) by a hit and run driver. He sustained severe trauma to his right side, namely 4 fx ribs, a flail chest, and pulmonary contusions. He was intubated immediately at the vet, and on continuous pain medication. The next day they were able to extubate him, but needed the keep the pain meds going at a high dose. He had to lay on his right side only due to the flail chest. He had IV fluids going, and a catheter in his bladder. He survived that day. On day two after getting hit, the vet told me on the phone that he was stable, and they were going to try to feed him. I visited at 6:30 pm. I though he looked terrible. It haunts me. He died 5 minutes after I left. It was the most horrifying and traumatic thing I have been through. I have another lab who now lays under my bed all of the time because she misses him so much...This just happened two days ago. I am heart broken, and know you all know how I feel. Thanks for listening. I found car parts out in the street, and think the car must have been going at least 45 MPH....never stopped.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on March 17, 2011:

@bryson) Glad to hear he is OK

@abby) I am so sorry. That must be so traumatic for you. My thoughts are with you and yes,I am lucky Karma survived.

abby on March 17, 2011:

my dog got hit by a car 2 days ago and he died at the moment. i cant stop crying and thinking of him. he was my companion. ive had him since he around 10 days and he had to live such a short time and die that way. now just when i see the road that he got hit by the car and died makes me want to go back in time and change everything i wish i could do that and have my buddy boy back..!!!!:(

u r really lucky that your dog survived u should be very happy and always take good care of ur dog cuz she looks beautiful and i know that she is amazing to all of ya

bryson on March 07, 2011:

I know how you feel my dog got hit by a car today. (it was just 8 stapels and a big red mark)

hrw` on February 28, 2011:

that is soooooo sad

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on February 20, 2011:

@Diane) You are so welcome. I think it's important to have some place to go to read and share about life things we go through - and losing a beloved pet ranks high as grief goes. I still think about the furbabies we have loved and lost - and still get that painful twinge but it does get better in time ( I used to hate when people said that to me!) Rudy was a doll - he looks like one big bundle of joy. He reminds me of our toy poodle Jesse that we had for 10 years that got dognapped (we never did find Jesse) I know how heartbreaking it is. Thanks for posting the pic of Rudy and God Bless.

(And BTW Karma is fine - such a sweet fur baby and I am blessed to still have her)

Diane O. on February 16, 2011:

Hi again,

Thought you might like to see this pic of Rudy!

Diane (Rudy's Mom) on February 16, 2011:

Hi Dorsi,

When I posted my story about Rudy, I was so traumatized, I didn't realize that you were Karma's Mom. You are so blessed to have Karma pull through her (and yours)ordeal. I am still in much pain over losing Rudy, and find comfort in connecting with others on this site who have been through similar situations. My sincere good wishes to you and Karma for a long and healthy life together! You are truly a special person to offer your support and kindness to us all.

Warmly, Diane and Rudy (in spirit)

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on February 14, 2011:

@Astrid) Karma is doing great. I don't remember her shaking her head at all but she was very very sore. Best wishes to you and your furbaby for a speedy recovery!

Astrid on February 13, 2011:

How is Karma doing now? My newly adopted 5 1.2 year old was hit by a car. She is okay after incident, however she shakes her head fairly frequently. Does yours?

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on February 08, 2011:

@Bec) Thanks for sharing your story. Pets are just like kids, it seems like you have to have eyes in the back of your head to watch out for them. Glad to hear your furbaby is recovering and there is a happy ending here.

Thanks for coming by.

Bec on February 06, 2011:

My 6 mth old Boston/Pug mix got away from my husband tonight. He had taken the dogs out and turned away for a second to spread some sand on the ice in the driveway and Bug was gone. We found him in the road only a few hundred feet from the driveway. We scooped him up and drove the 40 min to the emergency vet. It was the longest 40 min of my life. He wasn't responsive and shock had set in. Thank god there are no broken bones. Only head trauma over his left eye and some scrapes and bruises. He'll have to stay at least tonight at the vet with fluids and to get cleaned up. The vet says (but no guarentees) that the worst will be his eye and he might loose the sight in it. Hopefully that will be all.

Thank you everyone for telling your stories. It is helpful to talk about this terrifying incident with others that have experienced it.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 14, 2011:

@Kk) Thanks for checking in and SO glad to hear Denzel is doing better!! And yes, I'll give Karma a!!

Kk on January 13, 2011:

Hiya Dorsi. Thank-you for your reply and kind words. It's been a tough time, but I'm thrilled to report that the vets have called and said he can come home this evening. He has brightened up considerably today, and although they have not x-rayed his leg the drip with pain relief seems to have helped. I have to keep my eye on him and take him back in on Saturday for a check up and possible x-rays. I'm so so happy. Our house has not felt like a home since this has happened.

I'm am so pleased that Karma is ok.... She is a stunner!!!! We should let her n Denzle meet up, the babies would be absolutely out of this world!!!!

Thanks again for creating this site, for sharing your story and for caring. All the best, give Karma a kiss from us. She deserves it xxx

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on January 12, 2011:

@Kk) My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Denzel. Let me know how he's doing please. XOXO

Kk on January 12, 2011:

Hi all, the comments on here are so touching and my heart goes out to each of you. My baby Denzle was hit by a car this morning as he wriggled free from his lead to get to my partner (I was attending an interview and a friend was holding Denzle on his lead on the opposite side of the road). I returned from my interview and was told about this horrific tragedy. Denzle is only an 8 mnth old blue merle collie with beautiful blue eyes. The man who hit him took my partner, friend and Denzle to the vets this morning. I collected him at tea time and took him to hospital for the evening. I cannot control my emotions, my partner can't close his eyes due to seeing him laid in the road. Denzles liver enzyme is at a shocking figure of 1000 (10-100 is ok). He cannot and will not try to lift himself off the ground, he is very quiet, breathing rapidly and shallowly, panting, heart rate is rapid, and is not even 1% of the Denzle I know (I know this is to be expected)! Iv jus rung the hospital to check on him.... The vet said he is stable for now, on iv fluids and pain relief. He is not stable enough to be put under a general anaesthetic so they can position him fr scans etc to ascertain whether he has internal damage or not, yet their concerns for his liver enzyme are massive. The vet said she couldn't say for sure if he'd make it through this yet. We all feel at such a loss. I just wanted to air my feelings on here with some like-minded, dog loving people! Afterall, Denzle is like my 3rd child, he is part of our family and I'm praying he continues to be so for many many years yet. Xxxxx

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 06, 2010:

Justin) Prayers going out to you and your puppy

Diane) You are so welcome. Glad you found my hub here.

Diane on December 05, 2010:


Thank you so much for your kind heartfelt words.

It helps to know that I can share mine and Rudy's story with a dog lover such as yourself. Thank you for providing

this site for us.

Warmly, Diane and Rudy

Diane on December 05, 2010:

Hi Justin,

I will certainly pray for you and Rocky.

Peace be with you.

justin on December 04, 2010:

my dog got hit bye a car on peachanga his name was rocky i loved him so much and bang so can every 1 pray for my dog hes a puppy pleas

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on December 04, 2010:

Diane)I cried as I read about Rudy's passing. Your love for him is apparent and I am so so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express. May you find peace during this time too Diane. Rudy had a wonderful loving family.

Diane on December 04, 2010:

Monday night (11/29/10) my poor little Bichon Rudy got hit by a medium sized truck, and died instantly. My daughter and I were running to him, and saw him get hit. It looked like the tire broke his back, and his front and back legs went up like a "U" shape. In the seconds it took to get to him, he was sprawled on the grass on his little belly, with his paws outstretched. He was already gone. I picked him up like a rag doll, he was so limp... and carried him home. I held him in my arms for about an hour; I kept wishing he would wake up...he was too young (8 years old)too full of life and joy to go...He was my baby! But he didn't wake up...I held him until he started to get cold.My husband got a basket for him and we wrapped him in a blanket and put his little stuffed bear with him so he would not be alone. The next day we took him to our vet, and they were wonderful there, with so much compassion and sympathy for us! They brought us in a private room to pick out his little final resting place. We chose a pretty oak box with carvings. It will have his nameplate on it..."Rudy". We will bring him home in about 1 week.

My heart goes out to all of you before my post who have also lost a part of your heart and soul....My you find Peace, Diane

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on November 19, 2010:

pokemon) I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for coming by and sharing.

pokemon :P on November 19, 2010:

My dog was hit by a car yesterday and he was bleeding and he was run over and we took him to the vet and decided to put him out of his misery and now he is gone

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on November 10, 2010:

Seb) That's good to hear. Hopefully as time goes on he will do better and better.

Sue) I think it's reassuring to be able to talk about something as tragic as your dog getting hit by a car, this is a place to heal hopefully. Glad to hear Zola is on the mend!

Sue on November 07, 2010:

Maybe misery loves company, but reading this post is helpful to me. My dog Zola was bit by a car 3 weeks ago and is now officially in the recovery stage.

Seb at cozy Pink Dog Bed on October 31, 2010:

Hi Dorsi, thanks for your reply. He's doing a bit better the last couple of days. The problem is we have to keep an eye on him all the time as his moods are so variable. The new puppy is scared stiff of him which isn't good.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on October 20, 2010:

Seb) I'm so sorry about your little guy. Hopefully over time he will return to his happy self. Good luck and thanks for stopping by. Let me know how he does!

Seb at Cozy Pink Dog Bed on October 18, 2010:

I am happy that Karma is doing well now. We weren't so lucky with our little sausage dog. He got hit by a car and after a month recovered physically. Unfortunately the accident effected him mentally. He became really viscious and I am the only one who can go near him now without being bitten. The vet says he might get back to normal, but he might have sustained some brain damage. Poor little guy was so friendly before all he wanted to do was chase his ball. Now he's not interested in it at all. Fingers crossed he gets better. We have to keep our new puppy away from him as well otherwise he just gets attacked.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on October 13, 2010:

Nikki) Best of wishes to you and your family.Prayers going out for your babies recovery. Hope you get some sleep tonight. Sounds like she will be OK!!

Nikki on October 13, 2010:

My dog has tonight been hit by a car - she is a lhaso apso, small dog, luckily didn't go under the wheel. Thought she was bleeding from behind her eye but luckily is is a wound above it. Vet said best not to bring her in and let her get through the stress tonight although it is obvious she has damage to her back leg - is walking on it (though I keep trying to get her to stay still) though limping and as I described to the vet seems to be sticking out more than the other. So so worried, she is such a lovely loving wee dog - worst thing being it was my daughter who had her at the time she got hit so my daughter is now also distraught and blaming herself. Not going to be a good night, just want to get to the vet as quick as possible though understand their reasons about the stress factor that if her life isn't in danger to get her levels down before then.... doesn't make me feel better though - just want to help her.

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on September 15, 2010:

Imelda) Sorry about your accident. I'm sure it's hard on both parties. No one wants to intentionally harm an animal, at least not animal lovers.

imelda on September 10, 2010:

ye are all so pityfull about the bloody dog and have any of you thought about the driver and their car a dog went in front of my car and caused 800 euro worth of damage that i am left to pay

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on August 23, 2010:

Chelsea) TY and I agree. Seems our pets are caught up in a broken health care system too.

Chelsea on August 23, 2010:

I'm glad Karma is ok :)

Vets should make affordable prices for pets injuries , what would they do if their pet was dying and they had to pay 1,000 dollars?

Well its worth while to keep our pets alive =]

Dorsi Diaz (author) from The San Francisco Bay Area on July 15, 2010:

TY Sandra for dropping by and reading. Karma is doing great and fully recovered from her injuries.

sandra\ on July 13, 2010:

i feel sad for karma but i heard she is getting better!!!!!!!! and i love people like you taking care of your dogs!!!!!!!!

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