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Animal Emergency Centre - Blunt Force Trauma

One of the most frightening experiences you can have as a pet owner is when your pet is involved in an accident. Although pet accidents aren't uncommon, without emergency veterinary care, many accidents can be deadly. Blunt force trauma occurs when a pet is hit suddenly by a strong force, and it is most dangerous when it occurs to the head or chest of the pet. Below are some of the most common blunt force trauma accidents that require immediate medical attention. 

Car Accidents

veterinarian holding cat By far, car accidents are the most frequent cause of blunt force trauma to pets. A car can strike a dog or a cat that is in the road, causing serious damage, even if the car was not traveling very fast. In some cases, pet owners themselves are the cause of the accident when they unknowingly pull in or out of their own driveway and hit their pet. 

Depending on how the car strikes the pet, it may cause immediate death. However, in some cases, the pet is still alive and with a quick response, can receive lifesaving medical care such as blood transfusions and surgery. 

Symptoms may include: 

  • Profuse bleeding 
  • Limping 
  • Listlessness or unconsciousness 
  • Vomiting 
  • Swelling of appendages or abdomen
  • Breathing problems
  • Crying out in pain

Animal Attacks

Dogs and cats are often attacked by other animals, especially if they are allowed to roam freely outside. A vicious dog can attack another dog or cat, causing severe blunt force trauma via the bite. Depending on where on your pet's body they were attacked, they may have bleeding, torn tissues and ligaments, a ruptured eye, and other serious injuries. 

Symptoms may include: 

  • Bite marks 
  • Torn skin 
  • Profuse bleeding 
  • Broken bones 
  • Crying out in pain 

Abuse 

Unfortunately, animals are abused every day by their owners and others. Even responsible, caring pet owners have had their pets suffer abuse at the hands of violent pet sitters, neighbors, and friends. The force a human can inflict on a dog or cat can be significant, especially if the pet is thrown into another object, such as a piece of furniture or a wall. Abuse can cause broken bones, head injuries, and other blunt force trauma injuries that require urgent medical attention. 

Symptoms may include: 

  • Broken bones 
  • Listlessness or unconsciousness 
  • Breathing problems 
  • Swelling of appendages or abdomen 
  • Bleeding 
  • Limping 
  • Crying out in pain 

When to Contact Our Emergency Veterinarians of Studio City, Los Angeles

If you believe your pet may have been the victim of an accident, especially where blunt force trauma may have occurred, it is critical that you contact an emergency veterinarian as soon as possible, even after hours. In many cases of serious accidents, pets only have a short window in which they can receive lifesaving care.

At the Animal Emergency Centre, our caring veterinarians of Studio City, Los Angeles are dedicated to helping save the lives of as many pets as possible after critical accidents that involve blunt force trauma. Has your pet been in an accident? Call us now at : (818) 760-3882.