Handling an Injured Pet
If your pet is injured, it could be in pain and is also most likely
scared and confused. You need to be careful to avoid getting hurt,
bitten or scratched. We are pleased to provide you with a
Printable First Aid Checklist to aid you
in times of emergency.
- Never assume that even the gentlest pet will not bite or scratch if
injured. Pain and fear can make animals unpredictable or even dangerous.
- Don't attempt to hug an injured pet, and always keep your face away
from its mouth. Although this may be your first impulse to comfort your
pet, it might only scare the animal more or cause them pain.
- Perform any examination slowly and gently. Stop if your animal
becomes more agitated.
- Call your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic before you
move your pet so they can be ready for you when you arrive.
- If necessary and if your pet is not vomiting, place a
muzzle on the pet to reduce the chances you'll be bitten.
NEVER muzzle your pet if it is vomiting.
- Dogs may be muzzled with towels, stockings or gauze rolls.
- Cats and other small animals may be wrapped in a towel to
restrain them, but make sure your pet is not wrapped in the towel
too tightly and its nose is uncovered so it can breathe.
- If possible, try to stabilize injuries before moving an injured
animal by splinting or bandaging them.
- While transporting your injured pet, keep it confined in a small
area to reduce the risk of additional injury. Pet carriers work well, or
you can use a box or other container (but make sure your pet has enough
air). For larger dogs, you can use a board, toboggan/sled, door, throw
rug, blanket or something similar to act as a stretcher.
- You should always keep your pet's medical records in a safe, easily
accessible place. Bring these with you when you take your Cat or Dog for