What to Do If a Fishhook Sticks Your Dog - dummies

What to Do If a Fishhook Sticks Your Dog

By M. Christine Zink

Every now and then, a dog playing near a fishing pond will get stuck with a fishhook left by a careless fisherman. As you can imagine, a fishhook can be very painful, particularly if the hook is in the foot and the dog has come running to you or tried to remove it with her mouth and got it lodged there instead.

Start by calming the dog down with gentle words and quiet motions. Getting your veterinarian to remove the hook is best, but if you don’t have access to a vet, you can push the hook through the skin until the tip and barb come back out. Then cut the hook and barb off and back the rest of the hook out the way it came. Treat the wound.

If your dog swallows a fishhook, cut most of the remaining fishing line off, leaving approximately 12 inches dangling. Do not attempt to dislodge the fishhook by pulling on the line. Take your dog to a veterinarian immediately. Do not allow your dog to eat in the meantime.