Most Common Injuries Vets See in Dogs

The most common injuries vets see in dogs include swallowed objects, bite wounds, lacerations, and broken nails. Fortunately, with prompt treatment, it’s possible to ensure the best care for your furry friend. Here’s everything you need to know about common vet injuries to keep your dog happy and healthy.

Swallowed Objects

Dogs will try to eat anything, from rocks to shoes and even dirt. In other words, if a dog can fit it in its mouth, it’s probably been eaten, swallowed, and removed by a veterinarian. Of course, swallowing an object isn’t always an emergency, but if you notice any signs of vomiting, decreased appetite, or abdominal pain, you should schedule an appointment with your vet.

Sometimes, foreign objects can pass through dogs. Other times, they may cause choking or an obstruction in the digestive tract. To keep your dog safe, choose dog toys that are too big to be swallowed.

Bite Wounds

Bite wounds are another common injury that may result from fights with other animals. When larger dogs fight, wounds are typically visible. For example, you might notice skin lacerations and bruising. However, when small dogs fight, their wounds may be harder to notice. They can suffer from crushed ribs, broken bones, and organ damage. To ensure your dog is safe and healthy, schedule a vet appointment and transport them with as little movement as possible.


Many dogs experience lacerations, which can vary in severity. Minor cuts and scrapes can happen from tripping, while deeper lacerations may result from stepping on broken glass. If your dog has a cut that’s bleeding, gently apply pressure. If the cut is superficial, treat it with a topical antibiotic and bandage. However, if it is deep, check in with your veterinarian to avoid possible infection.

Broken Nails

Most dogs need to have their nails trimmed once a month. However, if they grow too long, your dog might break or tear them, which can lead to excessive bleeding and pain. When this happens, your vet will need to trim the nail beyond the crack, which may require sedation.

If you accidentally cut into your dog’s quick while trimming their nails, immediately apply styptic powder or baking soda to the nail to help the blood coagulate. If your dog doesn’t stop bleeding within five minutes, head to your local vet clinic.

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