Have you ever had an injured pet, or wondered exactly what you would do to provide pet emergency care should it become necessary? When your pet is injured, the first thing you will want to do is comfort him in a clam manner. Keep in mind that if your pet is badly injured, he is likely scared and confused so be careful to avoid being bit or scratched.  Read the following tips to ensure you are prepared to provide pet emergency care should the situation arise:

•    All Injured Animals Can Bite.
Never assume that even the gentlest pet will not bite or scratch.  Pain and fear can make animals unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. 

•    Take Caution. 
Don’t attempt to hug an injured pet, and keep your face away from its mouth.  Trying to get close to the animal could scare him or amplify the pain.

•    Be Gentle. 
Perform any examination slowly and gently and stop if the pet becomes agitated.  If you have to move the animal, do it extremely slowly and carefully.  If your pet seems aggressive, it may be best to leave him alone until you can get help.

•    Get a Hold of the Vet. 
Call your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic before moving your pet.  That way they will be ready for you before you arrive.  You can ask the vet for any advice on how to take care of your pet’s injury. 

•    Consider Muzzling. 
You may consider muzzling your pet if he is not vomiting to reduce your chances of being bit.  If you don’t have an actual muzzle, you can use towels, stockings or gauze rolls for dogs.  Cats and other small animals can be wrapped in a towel to restrain them.  If you wrap them, make sure they have room to breathe.

•    Take Care of Injuries. 
If possible, try to stabilize injuries before moving the animal by splinting or bandaging them.  Again, if your pet is being aggressive you may want to wait until you get further instruction from a veterinarian.

•    Transport Safely.  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.

•    Be Prepared.  Even if your pet has never been injured, you should always be prepared for this type of situation.  Keep bandages, pet carriers, muzzles and your veterinarian’s phone number on hand.  When you have these things ready, pet emergencies will go more smoothly if they happen. 

By following all of these steps, you should be able to provide standard pet emergency care and get your pet safely to a medical professional.  The key is to take caution and be careful; all animals have the ability to bite and scratch when they’re hurt, even if they’re usually calm and gentle. Hopefully you never have to provide pet emergency care, but if you do, be prepared ahead of time.


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