10 Most Common Pet Injuries and Accidents 


What are the dog and cat injuries that are most frequently seen by veterinarians?

Is your pet well-protected from these common mishaps that lead to unexpected trips to the vet?


  1. Foreign body ingestion. Dogs in particular are at risk for eating things they shouldn’t.
  2. Being hit by a car. Consider keeping your cat indoors and always walk your dog on a leash.


  1. Dog bites. The bites of large dogs can do a lot of damage to other dogs.
  2. Poisoning. Both dogs and cats are at risk for all types of poisoning: plants, human medicine, household chemicals, and human food are the top culprits.
  3. Cat bite abscesses. Because cat bites are like puncture wounds, they can often become infected.
  4. Eye trauma. Injuries to the eye can range from mild scratches to ulcers to dangerous perforations and ruptures.
  5. Cruciate ligament ruptures. Dogs in particular are prone to this particular knee injury.


  1. Lameness/back trouble. Smaller sized dogs with long backs like dachshunds are especially at risk.
  2. Torn or broken nail. Long nails on dogs and cats can get caught on things and tear, causing significant bleeding.
  3. Heat stroke/dehydration. Keep your pets cool and hydrated in the summer months and never leave them alone in the car.

Source: 10 Most Common Pet Injuries and Accidents | FACE Foundation


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