Our pets are part of the family, so it’s pretty upsetting if they get hurt or injured in some way. Unfortunately, it does happen, and pets are known to do all kinds of things such as eat something they shouldn’t, climb too high and then fall, get into fights with other animals and sometimes even get hit by vehicles.
No matter how careful and watchful you are it’s impossible to protect them 100% of the time, but what you can definitely do is be fully prepared to deal with things well if an emergency does come up. To help you we’ve put together this list of things to do should your pet end up injured or hurt.
- If your pet is unconscious (or has been), has an obvious broken limb, is bleeding heavily, struggling to breathe, or unable to move at all then it’s easy to make the decision to call for emergency help. If you think you can offer some basic interim treatment at home, such as washing a wound, do so calmly and stop at the first signs of agitation.
Calling The Emergency Vet
If you are already registered with a local veterinarian practice then they will probably be the first people you call, but if they don’t offer an emergency service, or you are not registered with anybody in particular you may prefer to avoid calling round to find somewhere that is open and try emergencyvetsusa.com first instead. This service saves you precious time by directing you directly to the closest emergency vet care.
Things To Keep In Mind Before You Get Your Pet To The Vet
- Even the gentlest pet can bite or scratch when in pain or shock so be prepared – avoid touching (unless necessary), and don’t try to hug, squeeze, kiss or stroke them. Keep your voice low and even, and avoid sudden movements near them.
- If possible wrap an injured cat or small dog in a towel or blanket to keep it still and restrained; larger dogs without mouth injuries or signs of vomiting should be muzzled if possible.
- If you need to transport your pet choose a small container to stop them from moving around too much. This works better with smaller sized pets. It won’t work for larger animals with broken limbs. For example, who may need a makeshift stretcher.
- If you suspect your dog has eaten something toxic make sure the vet knows, and also prepare a list of any medication your pet is currently taking. (Pets with several long term health issues may benefit from a special laser etched tag which holds all their medical and medication information.)
Dealing with an injured pet is obviously an emotional and heart-wrenching task, and it can be made harder by not knowing how to help. Pet owners can benefit from taking a basic pet first aid course, so they can feel a little more confident about administering treatment until emergency help arrives.
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