I have 6, 5 week old puppies and one fell off the sofa about 30 minutes ago. He yapped really loudly, but seemed fine once he was back on solid ground. Can dogs get concussions? Should I keep him awake? Do I need to take him to the vet?
Hi Orsola Puppies can most definitely get concussion, or head/brain injuries from falling onto their heads. Especially if the surface they fall onto is hard, and they fell from a height of more than 6 inches. Small and tiny breeds are more vulnerable to injury than larger breeds, but any size pup can get hurt.
The signs to look for would be vomiting, loss of balance, excessive sleepiness, disorientation and so on - basically what you'd see in a human with concussion. Obviously yelping, whining or crying that lasts more than a few seconds to a minute or two would indicate pain. Excessive panting is also a sign of pain or shock.
If your pup seems perfectly fine and is acting and playing normally, chances he's just fine. If you're at all worried though I would definitely check with your veterinarian, it's always better to be safe than sorry.
Best of luck with your pups, hope this little guy has escaped his fall unharmed.