How to Handle an Injured Pet

When emergency strikes, you want to be prepared. Especially when it comes to your pets. One of the most common pet related emergencies is an injured pet. The correct procedure on handling an injured pet is important as to not further injure them.

Pet First Aid Kit
One of the first things you can do is start your pet with their own first aid kit. A lot of what goes into it, you’ll find in your family’s first aid kit. However, there are differences you want to pay attention to. For instance, you want to avoid, such adhesives, like band-aid brand bandages, and ointments such as neosporin. Find a complete checklist on the AVMA website.

Keep Yourself Safe
Our first instinct is to comfort our pets, but even the most tame pets can bite, scratch, or become aggressive when in pain. Trying to hug, or getting too close could scare them. Make sure the area is safe and slowly approach the animal, keeping movements slow and gentle. Stop if the animal becomes agitated.

Prepare for Transportation
After assessing any injuries, you’ll want to stabilize, or stop bleeding if it’s present. Injured pets need to be kept in small spaces to avoid any further injury. Pet carriers work perfectly for transportation to the vet’s office. Provide soft pillows, or towels to pad the injured area to prevent any movement.

You will want to notify your vet of your arrival if you have time to do so, or find the nearest emergency clinic. If using a portable first aid kit, keep a copy of your dog’s medical records so treatment can happen as quick as possible.

Emergencies aren’t common, but when they strike, you want to be ready to assist your pet the best you can. Follow these steps, and review them with your family. You can call us at any time at 480-968-9275 if you have any questions on handling injured pets, or emergency preparedness.