Accidents happen. Dogs can injure themselves while playing or just moving around... and sometimes even the best pet owners can make a mistake that may lead to a dog being injured. In most cases, it's suggested that the dog be taken to the vet immediately rather than adopting a "wait-and-see" approach. Although the dog may appear to be okay, dogs are masters at hiding pain and there can be inside trauma that requires diagnosis by a vet. Some of the more common dog injury problems include:
Try to minimize movement by placing your dog on a firm surface, such as a sheet of plywood. If that's not available use a blanket. The goal is to transport your dog to the vet with as little motion as possible.
By the way, did you know that eye injuries can result from dogs riding with their heads outside open car windows? Although many dogs love this, bits of debris can enter the dog's eye and even lodge itself in the eye.
Prompt attention from a vet may be able to prevent serious injuries from leading to blindness (or least help to preserve some sight). Not all eye injuries are serious - sometimes it's just a bruised eye, but again, it's best to be certain since some injuries could lead to blindness or the loss of the eye.
Dogs may also get foreign objects stuck in their paws. If you notice your dog limping, the first thing to do is carefully check his paws including in between the toes. Gently remove burrs, seeds, dried mud, or other substances that could be causing him discomfort (in the winter, ice balls that form between the paw pads are very uncomfortable).
If your dog has a cut, wash it out and bandage it. Call your vet if it's a particularly large or deep cut that may require stitches.
Dogs love to engage in lots of play and activity, so injury problems aren't uncommon. Be alert and know what's normal for your dog. If he appears to be in pain or his behavior has changed, talk to your vet - your dog may need treatment.