November 20, 2009

Tips for handling injured pets

* Never assume that even the gentlest pet will not bite or scratch if injured. Pain and fear can make animals unpredictable or even dangerous.{{more}}

* 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 pain.

* Perform any examination slowly and gently. Stop if your animal becomes more agitated.

* If necessary, and if your pet is not vomiting, place a muzzle on the pet to reduce the chances of being bitten.

* 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.

* Never muzzle your pet if it is vomiting.

* If possible, try to stabilize injuries before moving an injured animal by splinting or bandaging them.

* If a vein or artery is severed, there will be lots of blood. Try to pinpoint where the bleeding is coming from. If it is from an extremity (the feet), you can tie a bandage tight enough a few inches above the wound to stop or drastically reduce the bleeding. If it is on another part of the body, you can apply a pressure bandage directly on the wound to reduce the bleeding.

* 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 board, door, carpet, blanket or similar to act as a stretcher.

* Call your Veterinarian before you move your pet so they can be ready for you when you arrive.

For further information, contact: Dr. Collin Boyle
Unique Animal Care Co. Ltd.
Tele: 456 4981