Basic Tips for Handling an Injured Pet

If your pet is injured, it could be in pain and is also most likely scared and confused. You need to be careful to avoid getting hurt, bitten or scratched.

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

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 them pain.

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

Call Wauchope Vets on 02 6585 1626 before bringing them in so we can be ready for you when you arrive.

If necessary place a muzzle on the pet to reduce the chances of being bitten.  The following are some suggestions:

  • 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 it’s nose is uncovered so it can breathe.

  • NEVER muzzle your pet if it is vomiting.

While transporting your injured pet, keep it confined in a small area to reduce the risk of additional injury. Pet carriers, a box or plastic container work well, but make sure your pet has enough air to breathe properly. For larger dogs, you can use a surf / boogie board, door, throw rug, blanket or something similar to act as a stretcher.

You should always keep your pet’s medical records in a safe, easily accessible place. Bring these with you when you take your pet for emergency treatment.

Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet’s life until it receives veterinary treatment.