What To Do If Your Dog Gets Hit By A Car

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Dog laying on ground by carHope for the best, but plan for the worst. I find myself living by this rule through everything I do in life. I’m a naturally optimistic person, but I am also a prepared person. The thought of my dog getting hit by a car shakes me to the core, but I’m glad I’m writing about it because perhaps this article will save a dog’s life in the future.

What To Do When Your Dog Is Hit By A Car

You opened the front door and Fido ran past you and out into the street. He’s been hit by a car, and there’s one of two scenarios we’re going to play out.

The first scenario, Fido is laying there and you can tell something is wrong. This scenario has an obvious solution: take your dog to the emergency vet immediately. Be extremely careful when handling your dog so as not to exacerbate the pup’s injuries. Also, dogs that are in shock and pain might scratch or bite when they wouldn’t otherwise. An emergency muzzle might be necessary. Finally, phone the emergency vet while you are in route. The vet will want information that they will need to treat your dog on arrival and can also advise you on emergency treatment.

The second scenario, my dog got hit by a car but seems fine. This can be a more sticky situation, but ultimately, you should call your dog’s vet and talk to them about the situation. Your vet will have more appropriate recommendations for you than we do because each dog and scenario is different.

The video below has some tips for what to do if your dog gets hit by a car and how to properly move him.

Cost Of Treatment For A Dog Hit By A Car

The cost to have your dog treated from being hit by a car will vary depending on the severity of the dog’s injuries. If your pup was grazed by a car traveling at a slow speed, then a routine vet exam might be all that is required. However, if your dog was struck full-on and is unable to walk (or worse), then you could be looking at thousands of dollars in emergency veterinary care costs. Proactively getting pet insurance can help defray these costs and, depending on your financial situation, might even provide the resources to save your dog’s life.

Real-Life Injury And Recovery Story

  • Vet Bill: $2,099.64
  • Pets Best Pet Insurance Paid: $1,589.65
  • After $100 Deductible and $397.41 Co- pay
 “Very pleased with the prompt payment. My dog was hit by a car and required surgery for a broken arm. I would not have been able to have her arm repaired without Pets Best. We were at the vet for multiple visits including an ER and I received payment within days of submitting my claims.”
-Priscilla S. Insured by Pets Best since 2016

Dog Hit By Car Injuries

First of all, it’s important to have your emergency veterinarian’s contact information on hand for any emergency. You should contact your emergency vet for life and death situations as well as any other issues that cannot wait until your dog can be seen during regular veterinarian hours. If your dog is hit by a car, it’s important to know what to watch for. Below are common injuries and dog hit by car symptoms.

Bone Fractures

Bone fractures are the most common dog hit by car injuries. A bone fracture occurs when the limb experiences a sudden force, which causes the bone to crack. As a result, internal bleeding may occur because the bone can puncture other organs or blood vessels. Symptoms may include swelling, pain and inability to move the limb. Treatment of a bone fracture can depend on the location and type of fracture, but a splint, cast, plates, screws and pins are commonly used to stabilize the bone and help it heal. Surgery may be required for more severe bone fractures as well as pain meds to help with recovery.

Muscle Sprains

Muscle sprains occur in less severe collisions, but your dog should still see a vet. Failure to see a vet can result in lameness and reduced mobility. Symptoms of muscle sprains include swelling, pain, limping or the inability to move the limb itself. Diagnosis consists of a physical exam by a vet and an x-ray. The solution to healing a muscle sprain includes splinting the joint and prescribing anti-inflammatory medications, but in some cases, surgery may be required.

Dog Hit By Car Survival Rate

We don’t have an exact statistic for your dog’s survival rate if he was hit by a car. His survival rate is based on the injuries he sustained, which can vary in severity. Once your dog’s vet has diagnosed his injuries, your vet may be able to give you a survival rate.

My Dog Got Hit By A Car

I was in elementary school when we got our dog, Lucky. She was a beautiful yellow Labrador Retriever puppy and was full of energy. We had her for just a few weeks when I came home from school, and my mom told me the terrible news. Lucky had been hit by the garbage truck. My heart ached at the loss of her. I couldn’t help but wonder if there was something I could’ve done to save her had I been with her. I would’ve loved to at least held her during her final breath. My parents laid her to rest on our property, and I visited her to show my respects.

Losing a dog is never easy — it doesn’t matter if you are with them during their final moments or not. The days, weeks and even months afterward are difficult to face. If you have lost your pet and are struggling with grief and mourning your furry friend we recommend reading our article about dealing with the loss of a pet. There are many emotions you’ll be facing, and we’d be happy to help you through the grieving process.

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Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories, and more. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

Kimberly's natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs. Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child.

In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly’s research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today. One of Kimberly’s favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds, and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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November 11, 2019 10:03 am

my dog was hit by a car in my driveway and he is not injured but banged up pretty bad and he was bleeding and he cant walk

March 24, 2019 9:05 pm

My dog is currently at the emergency vet because he pushed his way through the door as someone was exiting and ran across the street and as he did so, a car hit him. He flew from 6 inches- a foot and then continued to roll. He got back up but was panting and coughing which is not normal. The veterinarians are doing their best to find out what happened to him and have only been able to tell us there may be injuries to the vertebrae and back left leg. I am very scared that he may have to be put down because of the injuries (if any for sure) to his back. I love him and would never ever want to lose him. I will update as soon as we find out the details 🙁

January 1, 2019 8:44 pm

On The Day Of Dec.30th, 2 days ago , I Lost My Yorkie Named Lucy , We Were All in the dinning area talking about going to the mall , & as we were talking we accidentaly opened slightly the glass door , we didnt realize ut didnt close behind us and our dog ran out , she crossed the street , & a Car Ran Over Her , Speed Limit Is 25mph , We saw her laying on the road , & out first thought was that she passed away in the moment , her eyes we wide open , starring , She Had Peed a little , and was still warm, Internaly bleeding , We screamed to my mother to call the ambulance or someone , & the saddest part was that it was on a sunday , were most of the vets in my area are closed !!!! We didnt know what to do , we just hugged her and said our goodbyes , in a moment like this , your body doesnt know how to react , but i thank god that my younger sister didnt get hit by the car to , since she was running after our dog . maybe it could have be prevented , who doesnt see a girl running after a dog DURING THE DAY , WHEN THERE IS ALOT OF LIGHT OUT ! At 25mph !! Could have stopped , & this person didnt care seeing us screaming and crying on the middle of the street and just continued ! How are thier human beings like this ! You could have stopped & atleast helped us he/ she took someone so important to us as a family , and broke a family apart , especially my younger sister that had to watch her sweet yorkie dog dead on a street !!! Why are people like this , so cruel rip, Lucy! Love you baby!

March 24, 2019 9:07 pm
Reply to  Vanessa

When my dog was hit, the man that hit him just continued and didn’t even apologize. I could not understand how someone could do this also but I guess people are heartless in some situations. :((

October 22, 2018 12:43 am

My dog a beautifully white Shi-tzu was hit and run crossing my street to see the neighbors dog at around 3 am I mean who is even out at that time and running cause when I called him to not go he run and I only heard the car past over him ,surprisingly he came back running on his own scared and went inside I thought how weird so I didn’t know what to expect he only lasted a half hour and started crying loud while I was carrying him he squealed and passed away. I was devastated. Maybe he died of internal squished organs I believe we put him to rest in our back yard but I haven’t been able to recover from his useless dead because a soulless monster didn’t care. Its been 5 yrs. The weird thing is that he got up and came back on his own seemed like nothing happened. How sad.

May 3, 2018 5:23 pm

My dog just got hit by a car yesterday going at top speed in a neighborhood. They didn’t even slow down or stop after they hit her. She couldn’t move and we laid her down and I dug a hole in the backyard. I had to tell my wife to go inside so she didn’t have to deal with it. I eventually went inside for the night and came back out this morning and she moved several times throughout the night. I had to give her so dog meds for pain and now shes in our room laying down and slowly fighting for her precious life. Me and my fiance really is hoping she makes it through because we don’t have enough money to take her to the vet. Please keep our baby GG in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for your time reading this. Peace, Love, and Positivity to you all.

April 5, 2020 1:56 pm
Reply to  Anonymous

Not a doubt in my mind, you did what you could from a view of convenience more than from the pet’s best interest in living. Maybe that left you a bit unsettled… you were compelled to write about it here.

You weren’t exactly the dog’s greatest hero that day. Though harsh, Ive had to realize that myself when not calling a vet to find out what one could offer… AT LEAST, in the way of advice.

Also… more and more professionals are providing live online assistance. You never know what your efforts will turn up, BUT ..you WILL see that your degree of caring effort incites a professional to care more than it’s a situation about the money’!!! … IMHO

January 16, 2019 4:09 pm
Reply to  Anonymous

Are u kidding me. You are horrible people. She is suffering. They would have helped u for free u didn’t even try. You should never own an animal I hope you all suffer on your death bed just like u caused your dog

January 13, 2019 11:03 am
Reply to  Anonymous

Something happened to my family dog and I did not take him to the vet.. I picked him up brought him inside.. loved and prayed for him.. with in 12 hours he was dead and I was hand cuffed and went to jail.. I have a class A misdemeanor and I had to hire a lawyer for $5000 because I can go to jail for a year.. pet owners please be careful because you can do jail time

November 18, 2018 4:11 pm
Reply to  Anonymous

I really pray to god your little baby made it through this horrible nightmare. Sadly, my baby boy did not. My boyfriend left from home after his lunch break to return to work and accidentally did not shut the door all the way through. My other big dog jumped on the door and ended up opening it. He jumps on the door and looks inside when he is ready to come inside and my little Yorkie ran straight outside either chasing a cat like he normally enjoyed or running after our neighbors across the street because he loves people. He would run up to everyone he saw just to say hello. So either he was running up to say hello and get lovings or he was chasing a cat and sadly got ran over. The speed limit in our ally is 5 miles per hour and people fly up and down it. I miss him so much. He was my little baby boy. He was our child. Now all I have is memories. I miss my baby so much. I wish I could turn back time, we blame ourselves. I should have made sure that door was shut or even locked. If only :(((

November 10, 2017 4:23 pm

I hope this never happens to me, so sad! But appreciate the info in case it does…