The value of life can’t be overstated. It is never too late to explore innovative ways to help us extend and improve our lives’ quality. Pets not only enhance our lives by providing us with companionship and love that is not conditional, but they also play an essential part in maintaining our health.
Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe From Injuries
Unexpected accidents are a part of the reality that accompanies living, yet they’re not unavoidable. Even while there is no way to prevent the following accidents completely – they’re, after all, the result of accidents, there are some things that you can take to lessen the possibility that your dog may suffer from them. This is a list at Montecito Pet Hospital of the most unintentional injuries our pets suffer and some prevention strategies you can adopt.
Hit by a Car
It’s hard to know how many dogs are hit by vehicles each year, but it’s likely in thousands. Surviving dogs may have damaged bones and internal bleeding, and soft tissue damage. Common injuries are back and head. Keep your dog from streets and driveway traffic to prevent car accidents. A secure yard or leash will do. Create these beautiful behaviors, or reinforce them through a regular dog training session. A dog trained well who responds when you say “come” or “heel” has a lower chance of running into the road and getting hit.
Everyone loves traveling with their pets on planes, vehicles, or bikes. They also enjoy golf carts. Car accidents may injure pets. Even at very low speeds, the crash can be very violent for the dog (and the passengers). The dog becomes a missile at risk, putting itself in danger and the other passengers. When driving with your dog, be sure they’re in a harness, carrier, or box. Do not allow your pet to ride on your lap or in a shotgun seat since airbags can harm or kill them.
Fall From Heights
Because dogs aren’t quite as agile as cats, accidents are quite common. Falls can cause sprains, fractured bones, brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, etc. Small dogs might get hurt when they jump off the bed or sofa. Install a baby gate when your dog cannot take the stairs because of age or injury. Make sure that elevated decks and porches can’t slip across the fence. Small dogs can safely reach sofas and beds using ramps or steps.
Cruciate Ligament Injury
CCL, like ACL in humans, stabilizes the dog’s knee. A ruptured CCL is a frequent dog injury that can cause discomfort and even lameness. The treatment and rest of the dog could cure this ailment, but surgery is typically the only solution for the long term. CCL injuries are commonplace in bigger dogs like labradors, golden retriever dogs, german shepherd canines, and overweight and inactive dogs, so keep your dog’s weight healthy through proper nutrition and exercise. For other related problems, you may consider a vet internal medicine.
The accidents and injuries listed above demand a trip to an emergency veterinarian. Although it might not appear like it, your pet could be in pain due to the fact that dogs are designed to conceal their pain. In the case of the health of your most beloved family members, it’s best to be safe than regret it.