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Dog with Concussion

Cross post from Expert Vet:

My GF's toy Yorkie was spooked and fell off my dining room table this morning at 10:30AM where he landed on flat his right side. She brought him to me as he was unresponsive, not breathing and had a very slow/or no heart rate. I was able to revive him and we rushed him to the vet where he started to gain some coherence, but still lacked coordination and was unable to sit or stand.
The DVM gave him a subQ anti-inflammatory and 1/2 of a Valium for his muscle rigidity. He released the dog to us with instructions to give 1/4 to 1/2 Valium every 12 hours. He seems dazed and in another world. He can't walk, stand or even lay properly. He has rigidity in his neck, but he can move his head and right side. He tries to right himself but can't yet so he can't go outside to potty. I know it is a brain injury/concussion. He hasn't vomited or lost control of bowel/bladder.

Update: After 18 hours, he is still having problems with coordination and can't sit or stand. His breathing has become rapid and shallow. I am giving him water via syringe about every 30 min. His pupils are equal and responsive to light, but his left eye seems to pull outward when his right eye is looking straight.

The Vet said to wait until Monday, but I feel like I should be doing more. He means everything to my GF and I am afraid if the dog doesn't get better, it may actually cause her to have another heart attack. Pray for both of them.
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82861 tn?1333453911
Sorry, but I think your vet is being a bit blase' about this injury asking you to wait a week while the dog gets worse.  Were I in your position, I'd be getting a second opinion - fast.

Please keep us posted on your yorkie's progress - you're all in my prayers!  :-)
306455 tn?1288862071
Oh, I hope you took the puppy to another Vet, this sounds serious.  Please let us know how he is.
779793 tn?1235856226
We are in a small community and this vet is well recommended. He had plaques everywhere including a military veterinarian one. He gave him steroids and muscle relaxers to help with the trauma to the brain.

The lil guy is getting better, but still wobbly and not eating on his own. He has started drinking though. We got him some Nutri-cal to supplement his diet until he does start eating independently. It is just so frustrating to see your best friend locked behind a mirror. I am used to seeing a mature dog with a p*ss & vinegar attitude, but now just lays around. I know brain injuries can take a while to heal. I just hope he improves more.

You can see a more in depth discussion in another area of this website:


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Update after 10 days:

He has gone from dead to about 90% recovered.

He now eats and drinks unassisted as well as goes outside for relieving himself. He still has some minor balance issues, but is coping quite well. He sometimes tracks sideways when he walks toward a destination, but its not too-too bad.

He isn't as vocal as before, but I still think he has a little bit of recovery to go as his brain rewires itself and the swelling abates. I appreciate everyone here. Thanks for listening.

441382 tn?1452810569
Thank you so much for the update!  And it's wonderful that it's good news!

What a scary thing for you all to have gone through!   Good for you for sticking with him and seeing this through.  I have no doubt now that he will recover fully, and he owes it all to you.  He's a lucky pup to have such a concerned, loving family.  Thanks again for the update, and we hope you'll stick around the Dogs community to contribute to our conversations!

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I have a miniature dachshund, Bentley, that has the same exact symptoms.  He was nicked  in the head by a car on 3/15/09.  He is my best little buddy and I am praying he has the same course of symptoms as OzarkMark.  I have taken him to three different veterinarians bc I have been unsatisfied with the result and my dogs progress.  All vets have provided him anti-inflammatories and pain medication, but 4 days have elapsed and I am still in need of forcing fluids and food.  He seems to be very disoriented and his poor eyes speak volumes.  I have started taking him to work with me daily to make sure he recieves proper nutrition and hydration.  Would you happen to know if there are any other medications/treatments that would benefit Bentley???  He can walk but, doesn't go very far, his balance is impaired, and has no interest in food or water.  Thanks for providing a listening ear.

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After 1 month the little guy is 100% back to normal. He spooks easily when there are sudden noises, and we DO NOT let him up on the table anymore for any reason which seems to have broken his heart. But he is slowly getting over it. The only quirk he really has is that he won't eat without plenty of coaxing. I have to growl at him and act like I am taking his food away, or I have to play act like I am yelling/fighting with my g/f. THat should be another topic though.

He also had to have 15 teeth out a couple weeks ago that were loose. He did very well and was eating the next day again.

Thanks to everyone for your support. I hope none of you ever have to go through a little member of the family with a concussion.

Avatar universal
Similar incident with my 8 year old 2.5 lb yorkie and I'm so grateful for this post- it has given me hope. He's home from the hospital and is eating drinking and trying to play. His personality is there but his agility is not. Any advice on helping him with balance and walking? Did you see gradual improvements in balance or all at once? Please help this is such a difficult thing to go through :(
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My dog was hit my a car 15 days ago. She was pretty much dead when we got her to the vet. However, they saved her. Day 13 she walks in circles and paces. She sometimes knows her name and is now coming to me sometimes when I say her name. Has anyone had this happen to their dog? Does anyone know how long it takes for her to get back to normal. The life in her is in there somewhere, we just don't see it yet. I'm worried we may never. The Vet says to give it time. That is what I'm doing, but I've never had this happen. So i'm seeking people who have had this experience and what was the outcome.
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My 11 pound 2 year old Chi Max was hit in the head with a baseball two days ago.  He has the same symptoms as OzarkMark's post.  My dog is back at the vet er for observation.  He has been given mannitol to reduce the brain swelling, and cerenia for severe nausea.  I hope he makes a full recovery to, as this was a freak accident!  He is my son's dog.  My son is 10, and I don't want him to be sad.  Max is weak, and walks but collapses after a bit.  He will potty on his own, but his walk is unbalanced.  Prayers for all of us.
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I have the same problem with my dog, only her injury was from stroke. She can move her front and beck legs, but she doesnt have force to stand and walk on her own. Can you tell me, what kind of medication did you give to your dog. Thank you !!!
1331422 tn?1326566597
This is horrible and scary.  I have a new puppy who has fallen and jumped off my easy chair three times.  She lands on her side too.  I have been lucky and watching her like a hawk.  She is a little toy poodle.

Good luck to everyone.
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thank you so much for posting this we had our Bichon mix fell and hit her head and reading this gave us hope and she got 24 hour care when she got the animal hospital. she now back to lovable self and it has not been quite 4 weeks since she fell and hit her head.
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thank you so much for posting this we had our Bichon mix fell and hit her head and reading this gave us hope and she got 24 hour care when she got the animal hospital. she now back to lovable self and it has not been quite 4 weeks since she fell and hit her head.
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my yorkie was hit this past Thursday by a car came home Friday  up walking around will drink a little water but wont eat or take his meds have tried everything  worried sick how long did it take for your dog to start eating again.
974371 tn?1424653129
This is an old thread.  I suggest you start a new one.
Aside from that, I think you need to get your dig to a Vet ASAP!!  
Hard to believe a Yorkie was hit by a car and survived!!  It could easily have internal injuries you are not aware of!!!
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