Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
When you are out enjoying a summer walk with your dog, resist the temptation to pick up a stick to throw. Sadly we see a surprising number of injuries caused by dogs impaling themselves on sticks, which lodge in the ground like a javelin right in front of the dog running flat out to catch it. You can imagine the rest!
Stick injuries are very dangerous as they are usually under the tongue or in the back of the throat. Sometimes these injuries can bleed severely, but often you can’t see the full extent of the damage. Many injuries we investigate appear to be only a small wound but can often extend into the delicate tissues under the tongue or in the neck, where there are many blood vessels and nerves. Sticks are also prone to crumbling, and even if the offending stick is pulled out, there is often significant debris left behind, causing ongoing infection and inflammation. Some cases will eventually require difficult and costly surgery to resolve.
There are a huge variety of toys available for your faithful friend, so make the most of them and play safe!
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