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Accidently Hit Dog In The Head With A Golf Ball!?

Postby Bryston » Fri May 19, 2017 6:56 pm

My dog likes to chase after golfballs so my boyfriend brought his golf club and was hitting the golf balls when my dog got right in the way and hit it her right in the side of the head. She yelped for alittle and then we checked to she if she was bleeding and she wasn't but now she keeps squinting her eyes and acts really dazed. I'm scared that she may have internal problems and I'm afraid to let her sleep in fear that she won't wake up!! What should I do? :(
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Accidently Hit Dog In The Head With A Golf Ball!?

Postby Geoffrey » Sat May 20, 2017 4:57 am

Pixie Chick... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Your dog has a concussion.

Take her to the vet.

If it is severe enough, she may not wake up.
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Postby Chung-Hee » Tue May 23, 2017 8:18 pm

Under the US Golf Association Rules, the dog is an "outside agency" so your boyfriend should play his ball where it lies.
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Postby Caldwell » Tue May 23, 2017 8:55 pm

take her to a vet
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Postby Rawiella » Wed May 24, 2017 1:23 pm

take her to the vet imedititly!! if they are not open find an emergency one. somtihng internal could be going on and that could defaintaly cause a problem. apply ice and see if she will eat/dring


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Postby Carthach » Fri May 26, 2017 4:45 pm

Some questions that are important: How fast was the ball going? How big is the dog? Any loss of consciousness?

We all love our animals and yes, vets are expensive. After trauma it is important to decide if it is necessary to seek professional help. Some times it is quite obvious, other times you are unsure.

It is not unusual after a head injury animal or person to feel tired, temporarily confused especially if the head injury was associated with a loss of consciousness. It is also not too unusual to vomit after a head injury, persistent vomiting or projectile vomiting is not normal. Nor is a repeat loss of consciousness.

The best advice I could offer you would be to see a Vet. A Vet could do a Complete medical history and physical examination. Complete ophthalmic examination. This should include pupillary light reflex testing, Schirmer tear tests, staining of the cornea with fluorescein, tonometry (measurement of pressure within the eye), and examination of the front and back chambers of the eye under magnification. A CT Scan may be of importance as well if the Vet believes after receiving the full history of events and the dogs appearance that she is a risk for bleeding. It may not be indicated. Facial/zygomatic/orbital Xrays may be important to look for any fracture to the orbital structures, the Vet will examine your dog, palpate her facial bones for tenderness, irregularity, crepitus. If the exam is normal, Xrays may not be indicated.

Obviously the Vet route can cost you a lot of money, you have the say so in what you want done. You could take her in for just an exam and eye exam.
If you proceeded with a CT Scan, many types of bleeds they just watch and minimize activity. Some they drain or do surgery...if surgery isn't something you would proceed with, don't waste money on a CT Scan. Xrays are the same, some fractures will heal on their own and pain medication is all that is needed, others require setting or surgery, if you would not proceed with surgery, don't spend the money for Xrays...just treat the pain. If you want to wait it out a bit....

What to Watch For:

Eye Trauma Google Hyphema's and Blow Out Orbital Fractures in dogs.

Redness within the eye located between the cornea (the clear front covering the eye) and the iris/pupil. The blood may hide a portion of the iris or pupil. It may settle to the bottom of the anterior chamber due to gravity, or it may form an actual blood clot in the chamber.

Other signs of trauma (bruising, wounds), inflammation or irritation (redness, discharge) to the eye

Possibly pain with squinting or holding the eye closed

Decreased vision or blindness in the affected eye. Patch her good eye and see if she is able to see. Call her to you and watch her gait.

Closed Head Injuries, bleeding.

Watch her behavior, If she's playing and running, eating without vomiting, no blood noted in ears or nose, not having problems with bowels or bladder (loss of control if previously she was house trained) and is appropriate (responding when called, easily awokened), I wouldn't worry. But if you notice changes in her mentation, vomiting, inability to walk or use a specific leg, difficulty breathing, pupillary changes, visual acuity changes or seizure activity, seek immediate treatment. It is okay to let her sleep, wake her up at least every hour to make sure she is appropriate and let her sleep again if she wishes.

I am responding to this hours after your posting, so if your dog is worse, seek attention.

I would also recommend VIP Pet Insurance (Google it), I have it for my pets and would not want to be without it.
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