What are the dog and cat injuries that are most frequently seen by veterinarians? Here’s a list of the top 10 pet accidents as compiled by WebMD. Is your pet well-protected from these common mishaps that lead to unexpected trips to the vet?
- Foreign body ingestion. Dogs in particular are at risk for eating things they shouldn’t.
- Being hit by a car. Consider keeping your cat indoors and always walk your dog on a leash.
- Dog bites. The bites of large dogs can do a lot of damage to other dogs.
- Poisoning. Both dogs and cats are at risk for all types of poisoning: plants, human medicine, household chemicals, and human food are the top culprits.
- Cat bite abscesses. Because cat bites are like puncture wounds, they can often become infected.
- Eye trauma. Injuries to the eye can range from mild scratches to ulcers to dangerous perforations and ruptures.
- Cruciate ligament ruptures. Dogs in particular are prone to this particular knee injury.
- Lameness/back trouble. Smaller sized dogs with long backs like dachshunds are especially at risk.
- Torn or broken nail. Long nails on dogs and cats can get caught on things and tear, causing significant bleeding.
- Heat stroke/dehydration. Keep your pets cool and hydrated in the summer months and never leave them alone in the car.