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Old 07-13-2014, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Woolf - should be known as hellion at this point - decided to take a run and leap down the deck stairs. Slipped and hit his head on the post. Opened up a nice gash about 1/2 way between his eye and ear. Cleaned it, not deep, just a lot of blood as usual with a head wound, already slowed to spotting. So the next logical question is can dogs get a concussion?

I have no doubt this hurt. He has gotten into so many scrapes, cut pads to cut legs and never yelped. He yelped on this one and gave up the cat chase to come back in.
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Yeah, a concussion is simply the brain making contact with the skull, typically a twisting motion. Probably not as easily done to a dog(F=MA) and since the mass part of the equation is way smaller with a dog the hit has got to be a lot stronger. For a quick check make sure both eyes are dilating at the same rate or same size.
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Thanks brembo. Dilation is good. I had forgotten about the eyes and concussions.

Another thing to add to his list.
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I saw my old guy, Banjo, wallop a brick wall. Hard enough that I felt it in the patio floor and he had brick chunks in his fur. I though for sure he had cracked his skull. He shook it off and kept bouncing around.

Nature is funny. We humans can withstand about a 20 mph impact and be expected to walk away from it. Not always, but chances are good as long as weird angles and contorted joints don't figure in. Go above those values and the chances of broken bones and concussions shoot up. Guess how fast the average (in shape) human can run.....about 20 miles per hour.

Dogs can scoot around somewhere in the high 20s/low 30s, knowing how thorough nature is at weeding out the weak link I'd hazard a guess that dogs can do a mid to high 20s impact and walk away dazed but no lasting effects.
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Yes. I came home one day and my golden(he was about 4 months old)had a lump on his head and I freaked out. I swore he had a tumor and rushed him to the vet. I have never had a dog hit his head hard enough to cause a lump. She checked him over and he was fine, but that scared me.
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Guess how fast the average (in shape) human can run.....about 20 miles per hour.
This seems a tich fast...
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Ok, the hellion has a nice egg on his head. Tried holding ice... you can guess how that turned out lol

For now the deck door will be off limits unless we are revisiting/reinforcing impulse control.
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Ok, the hellion has a nice egg on his head. Tried holding ice... you can guess how that turned out lol

For now the deck door will be off limits unless we are revisiting/reinforcing impulse control.
I'll save you $50 . It is not a tumor
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I'll save you $50 . It is not a tumor
LOL anything to save the $50.

The brat, should see him this morning. Walking him off the deck with OB, he looks at the stairs, looks at me, tucks himself in perfect heel.

To me, that is saying there may be a small issue with the stairway now, so we will be going up and down the stairs a bit more frequently for now and good things wait for those that are patient

<sigh> He is going to drive me nuts before it is done lol
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Can dogs get concussions?

I certainly hope not. Brody is so clumsy (and large) that he whacks his head at LEAST twice a day on a door frame or some other head-height object as he turns around too excited and too quickly to pay attention to his environment...
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