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What to Do When Your Pet Is Injured

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Having an injured pet is a stressful, confusing experience, so having a plan in place for safely caring for your injured pet will help you act quickly and decisively if the moment should arise. As with any pet illness or injury, it is always recommended to take your pet to a veterinary hospital or clinic when it is injured.

Evaluate the Type of Injury

Before taking any action, determine the cause and extent of your pet’s injury. If you know your pet is in pain, but can’t immediately tell what the cause is, you should drive straight to your closest veterinary clinic. The most common causes of injuries in pets are:

●       Car accidents

●       Vomiting or internal injury

●       Wound or abscess

●       Accidental poisoning

●       Injury to the eye or soft tissues

●       Broken or torn claw or nail

●       Injury to the muscle or bone

Perform Quick First Aid

If your pet is bleeding, quickly cover and compress the wound with a clean cloth. If your pet is limping or unable to walk, try to immobilize them in a pet carrier or pet sling so that they won’t further injure themselves.

Do Not Attempt Wound Treatment at Home

Even if the injury seems minor, your pet is at risk of re-injury or further injury from scratching, biting, or licking the wound. A wound or injury can also quickly become infected if not properly cared for. Additionally, what looks like a minor injury to you may in fact be more serious under the surface.

Prepare Your Pet for Transport to a Veterinary Clinic

Keep your injured pet confined and immobilized as much as possible during transport. Use a pet carrier, leash, harness, or some other method of containment. For larger dogs, when no crate is available, you may need to use a towel, throw rug, or board for transport. Call your veterinary hospital before leaving home so that they will be ready for you when you arrive.

An emergency veterinary clinic that offers 24/7 care and emergency services for injured animals can quickly diagnose and treat your pet’s injuries.

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