How to Recognize and Treat a Dog's Skull Fracture

By Nicki Howell

Typically a dog experiences a skull fracture when he suffers some type of trauma. If the dog owner didn’t witness the event the first sign may be strained breathing. This condition may also cause neurological damage depending on the severity of the injury. Because skull fracture can cause health concerns for your canine it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. Here’s how to recognize and treat a dog’s skull fracture.

Evaluate your canine for signs of skull fracture. A dog that experiences this condition may tilt his head and lose his coordination. In addition, he may become blind and experience seizures.

Transport your dog to the emergency hospital. Keep you dog calm while transporting him to the emergency hospital. Staying calm yourself can help, since dogs pick up on our emotions.

Partner with the vet to create a treatment plan. Your dog may need surgery. Pain medication should be given to your dog to keep him comfortable.

Reduce your dog’s acitivity. When your canine is recovering, limit his physical activity. Keeping him on a leash during bathroom breaks will cut down on roaming.

Encourage your canine to rest. Your dog will need to relax for several weeks after surgery. Move his bed to a quiet corner of your home. Keep other pets and small children away from your dog so he can relax.