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    Symptoms of Concussions in Your Dog From Expert Vet in Simi Valley

    Dogs are our best friends. They are there for us when we are upset, stressed, or sad. They are there to make us smile, laugh, and remember how much fun life can be.

    As silly as they can be, we forget they can be hurt, and they will do their best to hide it from us, their caretakers. It is critical to watch out for our furry friends and make sure they stay healthy and carefree throughout their lives.

    Like humans, dogs can get concussions, which are the most common form of head trauma for canines. Car accidents, falls from heights, an overly enthusiastic head butt, rough play, running into something hard, or getting hit by something falling are all causes of concussions for dogs.

    Knowing how active our canine pals can be and that sometimes these things happen when we are not around, pet parents need to know what to look for so our friends can make a full recovery. Below are the most common symptoms of a concussion in your dog.


    Dogs that are active, playful, and excited who have an incident like the above may become lethargic. They may suddenly want to sleep all the time, doze off or not be able to wake up properly. If this is a new behavior in your dog and they just had a form of head trauma, head to the vet.

    Head Pressing

    Head pressing is a clear sign that you need to take your dog to the vet immediately. This is not the same as pressing against you for a pet or a treat. Head pressing is a sign of a disease or nervous system injury. It could be caused by a salt imbalance, a tumor, rabies, parasites, lead poisoning, a stroke, or a head injury.

    Because you may not have seen any signs of these causes, you need to take your furry friend to the vet to find out why they are head pressing so you can resolve the issue quickly and get your dog back to a comfortable state.

    Disorientation, Loss of Balance

    Like humans, when a dog has a concussion, they can lose balance or be disoriented. If your pet is normally sure-footed but suddenly seems to fall over for no reason, head trauma may have occurred. If your dog friend is unsure of where they are and seems to lose track of the water or food bowl, make sure to go to your vet. Not only could these be signs of head trauma, it could also be signs of a stroke. The quicker you get your dog to the vet, the quicker you can get help.

    Convulsions and Muscular Contractions

    Convulsions and muscular contractions are another sign of head trauma. If your dog has these, however, it could also be a sign of epilepsy, liver disease, brain tumors, toxins, or kidney failure.

    Unlike the motions our dogs make when dreaming, these convulsions will look like seizures and your dog will not be in control of their movements. If this happens, call your vet and get an appointment immediately.

    Pupil Dilation

    Your dog’s eyes are not just windows into the soul, they are a dead giveaway to a potential concussion. If you look at your dog’s pupils and one is more dilated than the other, your pup might have anisocoria, which is a symptom of head trauma, exposure to chemicals, or degeneration of the eye. While this may resolve on its own, each of these symptoms can be deadly for your furry friend if not resolved by a vet.

    Bleeding or a Lump

    If your dog hits their head, and a lump appears, or if they get nosebleeds or have blood in their ears, it has a serious problem and needs to be seen by your trusted vet.

    Difficulty Breathing or Faltering Heartbeat

    While your dog may have asthma, if a head injury occurs and they cannot breathe normally, this is a sign of a concussion. A dog whose heartbeat slows or quickens after a head injury is also at risk of a concussion and needs to be taken to the vet right away.


    Just as you would take someone to the doctor who hit their head and fainted, you need to take your furry friend to the vet if your dog hits their head and faints. This is a clear sign that a concussion has occurred and the best way to help your dog is to get professional help immediately.

    Expert Treatment for Concussions in Your Pet

    Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency helps pet parents and their furry friends in the Dog Concussion Treatment Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other areas in nearby Ventura County, CA stay happy and healthy.

    We are a full care facility, focusing on preventative exams, affordable vaccinations, spay and neuter, dental care, and emergency care. Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency takes appointments, but we also take walk-ins, drop-off exams, and we make house calls.

    Our staff are pet people too, and we show it every day in the way we love and care for animals. Come see why Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency has been voted the #1 animal hospital for over 19 years. Let us take excellent care of you and your pet for a long and happy future together.

    posted on October 21, 2020 at 6:21 pm by Doctor Ron