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Brain Injury In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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brain injury in dogs: symptoms, causes, & treatments

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BrainDog injuries can be of two types: primary injuries and secondary injuries.

Trauma can often cause a primary injury to the brain. A secondary brain injury follows on from a primary injury and can affect a dog’s brain tissue.

If your dog shows signs of brain damage, please let us know. Consult your veterinarianFor a diagnosis and treatment plan, please consult your veterinarian. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of brain injuries in dogs.

The Signs of Brain Injury InDogs

BrainThere are many symptoms that can be caused by injuries to dogs, depending on the severity of the injury. Symptoms that are most common include:

  • Losing consciousness
  • Seizure
  • Fever
  • Low body temperatures
  • Breathe quickly and deeply
  • Very low heart rate
  • Bleeding from your nose or ears
  • Cyanosis refers to skin changing to a blue shade.
  • The eye contains blood

The Causes of Brain Injury InDogs

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There are many possible causes for brain injuries in dogs. There are many causes for brain injuries in dogs, but the most common ones include:

  • Direct trauma to the head (such a car accident)
  • Seizures
  • Parasites in the brain
  • Nervous system infection
  • Hypothermia
  • High blood pressure
  • Hyperthermia
  • Exposition to Toxins

Veterinary Treatments

If your veterinarian is concerned that your dog may have suffered a brain injury due to a recent incident, they will conduct a full physical examination.

A vet will request blood and urine tests. If trauma is suspected, they may use MRI scans, CT scans, X-rays, CT scans or CT scans to examine the skull. They may also perform an electrocardiogram (ECG), to examine any issues in the heart.

The condition should be treated as an emergency and requires hospitalization. Correcting any issues with your dog’s body temperature, oxygen levels, and heart rate will be key, as well as adjusting the pressure placed on the skull.

You may need to give intravenous fluids to your dog as part of the treatment. Your vet might recommend a feeding tube for your dog in order to provide adequate nutrition.

While your dog recovers at home, it is essential that you keep up regular visits with their vet to monitor your dog’s progress.

Have you ever had a brain injury in your dog? What did your vet do to help your dog recover? Leave us a comment below.

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