Dog First Aid – Impalement

Impalement injuries are not as common as nicks and cuts, fractures or ingestion of foreign objects. But considering the highly active and playful behavior of a dog, impalement injuries are bound to happen. Dogs get into different scrapes and sustain different kinds of injuries. Poisoning, a foreign object that blocks the airway are some of the conditions that would make an owner take some time to consider what really happened to the pet. The only good thing with impalement is that the injury of the dog will be easily noticed by the dog owner.

Dogs that fall from heights can be impaled on fences or on a tree branch. A dog running with a stick in the mouth can be impaled as well if the end of the stick is shoved into the ground. Dogs have the inclination to roam and one that has trespassed and destroyed other people’s property can be meet a sad fate from the arrow of an irate person.

Many dogs have died from impalement injuries. A dog would be so lucky to have a minor impalement injury. Professional medical attention will be necessary for serious and not so serious impalement injuries. A dog owner may not think of bringing the pet to a vet if the small stick that has impaled the dog on the chest was removed. A seemingly minor impalement injury can in fact cause severe damage. The stick may have caused severe damage to an internal organ. It is also possible that the impalement has caused internal bleeding.

Before bringing the pet to a veterinary facility first aid measures are very necessary to prevent the object that has impaled from creating further damage.

The pain associated with the impalement injury can turn a well tempered dog aggressive. Muzzle the injured dog before administering first aid treatment. Never ever remove the foreign body that has impaled the dog. Movements of the pet and the object that has impaled the pet must be minimized to prevent the dog’s condition from worsening. More damage to the tissues and internal organs can occur if the pet as well as the foreign object are not kept from moving. However, if the life of the pet is in grave danger as when it was impaled on the steel bar of a fence, there will be no other choice but to separate the pet from the stationary object. The removal of the object must be done gently and bleeding must be controlled while the pet is rushed to the hospital.

Sarah’s Dogs provides more information on impalement as well as first aid for dogs.