Handling an Injured Pet

Under ordinary circumstances, your pet may be a very calm, docile individual.  However when experiencing pain or fear, even the most placid animal may bite or scratch unexpectedly.  It is best to use caution when handling and transporting an injured pet, even if you doubt she would ever hurt you. 

Recommendations when handling an injured or frightened pet:   

 Use a blanket to wrap your pet.  This will minimize your pet’s ability to struggle, scratch or bite and may also serve to calm them by limiting their vision.      

 If you are comfortable applying a muzzle to your pet, it is advisable to do so before attempting to move them if they are injured.  If you don’t own a muzzle, use a soft leash or other long soft cloth to wrap around your pet’s muzzle to prevent them from opening their jaws.       

If you feel your pet is unable to move, or if you feel that it is unsafe for them to move on their own, use an ironing board or other strong flat surface as a stretcher to help transport your pet to the car.

If your pet has an open wound, apply direct pressure to help slow the bleeding. 

Call your vet or the nearest available emergency hospital to receive additional information regarding transportation or information on how to best handle your pet’s specific case.  Calling ahead will also allow time for your chosen facility to prepare for your pet’s arrival.