How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask LennyDVM Your Own Question
LennyDVM, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 548
Experience:  30 years as owner of a mobile practice treating dogs, cats, horses and other pets.
Type Your Dog Question Here...
LennyDVM is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

We have 14 week old Corgi/Blue Heeler cross that just got kicked

This answer was rated:

We have 14 week old Corgi/Blue Heeler cross that just got kicked in the side of the head or jaw by a 6 month old filly. She appeared to exhibit brief, 1 or 2 minutes, of hemi-paralysis. We carried her into the house. She walked awkwardly for a little bit. Seemed to move more coordinately a few minutes later. Now resting quietly. What should we watch for? etc.

The best option is to take her to a veterinarian for evaluation (fractures, neurologic status) and proactive treatment for central nervous system (CNS)/brain inflammation. The signs you describe (paralysis, lack of coordination) indicate CNS trauma that may progress over time.


If seeing a vet is not an option, watch for signs of CNS trauma such as increased incoordination, lethargy, depression, lack of responsiveness.


Avoid giving nonsteroidal drugs such as aspirin that affect platelet function and clotting. They increase the risk of bleeding, which can increase intracranial pressure if it occurs in the cranium.


Let me know if you have follow up questions.

LennyDVM and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what is the likelihood of pro-active treating making a difference?

They are good. Corticosteroids (prednisone) is often used and is an excellent antiinflammatory drug particularly for CNS swelling. It works best if given before swelling gets severe enough to produce obvious signs. Diuretics are sometimes used to reduce fluid accumulation also.


It will not help if bleeding into the cranium is occurring, which is a reason to not use aspirin or other non steroidal antiinflammatory drugs.


Keeping the dog quiet is useful. If you can localize trauma (pain over the jaw, etc.) cold packing those areas also helps.

Related Dog Questions