What To Do If Your Dog Falls Of The Bed?

What To Do If Your Dog Falls Of The Bed?

If you have a dog, you already know that they aren’t the most sure-footed animals. You’d think with four feet, they would have a better balance, but all it takes to trip them up is a stumble on one of its feet. 

If your dog falls off the bed or from a high place, it can get injuries like sprains, broken bones, head trauma (Yes, dogs can get concussions), and chest or abdominal injuries. Smaller dogs pose a higher risk of injury from falling and shorter heights. 

In addition, there are reports of toy breeds breaking one or two legs when simply jumping down from the sofa. Now, odds are your dog fell off the bed and seems fine, but there are signs you should look for because animals are masters at hiding problems.

At Reli’s Pet Shop, we specialize in providing high-quality pet care supplies to pet parents from all over the country. We have everything from grooming products, treats to beds for your pets

Due to our line of work, we have ample experience in dealing with dogs, and we’ve spoken to countless vets about dogs falling off of beds and other places. So we decided to let you know what to look out for and what you can do if your dog falls off your bed, so let’s check it out!

Symptoms To Look Out For

If your dog fell off the bed but seems fine, you should still observe them for the next couple of days. Some injuries will be immediately visible, but some can take hours to manifest. Even if you don’t see your dog falling, you should suspect your dog fell if you see the following symptoms:

  • Reluctance to stand or walk.
  • Pain when lying down or rising.
  • Stiff gait.
  • Limping.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Whining.
  • Lethargy.
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty apprehending food.

What Should You Do If Your Dog Fell From The Bed?

In case of serious injuries from falls, your dog should be immediately taken to the vet for evaluation and treatment. While you prepare to take your dog to the vet, you should implement the following!

Monitoring The Breathing

If your dog fell off the bed or some other place but seems fine, you should still be careful. You should be monitoring the breathing because if there is any breathing problem, you have to take your puppy to the vet.

Now taking your dog can be tricky, especially if your dog has broken ribs. Here are procedures you should follow when taking your dog to the vet:

  • If you have a small dog, you should support the puppy behind the front legs and in front of the back legs and then gently carry them to the car. 
  • If you have a large dog, you should make a sling out of a towel or blanket to facilitate transportation. You can also try a make-shift gurney. It’s easy to make out of rigid materials like a piece of wood or baking sheet.
  • If your dog has broken ribs, they will need to stay still as much as possible to avoid lung puncture. So don’t let your pup struggle. If they prefer to lay down or sit up, let them do it. 
  • If your dog has stopped breathing, you have to ventilate to keep the oxygen levels up. Make a funnel on your pup’s muzzle by wrapping up your hands. While you keep their mouth shut, blow through the nose. If you do it right, you will see the chest rise. Give your dog 15-20 breaths per minute until they start breathing independently or until you have reached the emergency hospital.

Protecting Open Wounds

If the skin was broken when your dog fell, wrap up the wound using a clean towel over the area to minimize contamination. It’s even more critical to properly wrap the wound up if it has a broken bone protruding from it. Bone infections can be deadly and are troublesome to heal. 

If there’s a puncture wound in the abdomen, the need for covering the wound is even greater. However, if the intestines are punctured, the infection can start from within. Your vet will assess the problem and create a course of action once you take your dog to the hospital.

Controlling The Bleed

If you see a bleed, you should wrap a towel tightly around the injured site and apply gentle but firm pressure. If the towel is completely soaked, do not remove it. Instead, use another towel over it to ensure you don’t disrupt the clot. 

Usually, the bleed will stop within 5-10 minutes, but if your dog has a clotting disorder, it will take longer. However, you will see extreme bleeding if the spleen or liver is injured. In that case, immediate medical attention is required. 

Monitoring The Dog

Now, your dog may have fallen but seem fine, and you can see it playing and acting normal after the fall, but later they can become lethargic and weak or develop difficulty breathing. 

So you have to monitor your puppy for the next few days. A few delayed injuries can come about from your dog falling off the bed. 

These delayed injuries can be collapsed lungs caused by punctures from broken ribs, or hernias that start as small openings but rip open later. Issues like diaphragmatic hernias can happen when a dent in the wall separates the chest from the abdomen. 

So when the abdominal organs move into the chest cavity, respiratory problems occur. Your dog can even have hernias on the abdominal wall where it traps intestines, bladder, or other organs. 

These delayed symptoms should be considered dangerous, and you should go to the vet as soon as you notice them. Make sure you transfer your pup with the injured side down.

Check For Head Injuries

Check For Head Injuries - Relis Pet Shop

Your dog can get concussions from falling off the bet. First, you should check for symptoms like blood in the eyes, nose, or mouth. These symptoms usually mean head trauma. 

Now, you won’t need to control the bleeding as your dog will swallow the blood that pools in the mouth and lick blood that flows from the nose. So make sure you move fast and take them to the vet before things worsen. 

Be Wary Of Back Injuries

If you see that your dog can’t get up at all, they have a back injury, and you should make sure they are still as possible. Next, slide your dog over a rigid object like a board for large dogs or a baking sheet for small dogs, and cover them with a blanket. At this point, you should be rushing to the hospital. 

Check The Eating & Eliminating Patterns

When a dog falls off the bed, the last thing any owner thinks about is a broken jaw because it’s not that obvious of an injury. See if your puppy drops food or if they yelp when they chew; another symptom is drooling excessively. If you see these symptoms take your puppy to the vet as soon as possible. Another thing to monitor is the elimination of waste. 

If your pup hasn’t urinated in the last 24 hours, then there’s a chance it has ruptured its bladder, or the bladder may have impinged in an abdominal hernia. Also, if there isn’t any bowel movement in 48 hours without pain, you should take your pup to the vet.

Prevent Your Dog From Falling Off

If you want your dog to stop falling, then make sure you give them the proper training and have their beds at a low height so that they don’t get hurt when they fall off them. Also, teach them not to jump off of furniture. 

Whenever you go out for a walk, keep your pup on a leash and check for risky ledges, ditches, and ravines. In case of an injury, make sure to immediately take them to the vet. Taking care of your pet and monitoring them in case of a fall is a significant priority. 

To keep your pet happy and safe, you will need high-quality pet supplies, which is where Reli’s Pet Shop comes in. Our curated collection of the best pet supplies ensures you provide the best care for your dog and other pets. So contact us, and we will help you out. 

Also, if you have any questions about pet supplies or pet care, drop them in the comments below or hit us up on our socials, and we will answer them all for you. And with that being said, that’s about all we have for you today. We will come back with something new for you, so keep an eye out for our blog. Until then, see ya!

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