Over the past few weeks Dave Cumber Vets have treated dogs that have swallowed fish hooks whole, or who have fish hooks imbedded in their skin. Dogs love to sniff and soon they will find snacks which are bait or possibly a fish attached to a hook. The hook can easily end up stuck in the dog’s mouth, throat or stomach. Colourful fly or shiny bait are also tempting to dogs and can pierce lips or paws.
Even exceptionally gentle dogs can become aggressive and bite when they are injured and in pain. Always approach an injured dog cautiously and consider putting a muzzle on if needed.
What to do if your Dog ate a Fish Hook:
If you dog swallows a fish hook it should be treated as a medical emergency, try to keep your dog calm and take it to the vet immediately. It is not advisable to try and remove the hook yourself or to let your dog pass the fish hook; the chances are too great it will cause internal injuries as it moves, or become lodged along the way.
The vet will X-ray your dog and probably perform an emergency endoscopy or surgery to remove the hook while it is under aesthetic. Once the hook is removed, antibiotics are needed to prevent infections.
What to do if your Dog is pierced by a Fish Hook:
Whether the fish hook is embedded in your dog’s paw, piercing a lip, or stuck anywhere else on her body, a veterinarian should remove the hook and treat the wound. It is not advised to cut the fish line if it is attached to the dogs mouth but if it is located elsewhere on the body then it is advised to cut the fish line so it won’t become tangled and cause further injuries. Pet owners should then cover the injured area with a towel or jacket so your dog doesn’t gnaw, lick, or tug at the fishing hook and make the injury worse. Nothing beats enjoying outdoor and sporting adventures with your dog by your side. Pay keen attention to your dog’s safety and she’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for all your angling excursions.