You want to always be sure that you have a plan in place with how you will help your pet in the case of an accident. In the time of crisis you’ll want to easily know how to find the best resources for your pet.
1. Have a Provider
You should have a regular vet to make sure your pet is always healthy, but in the case of an accident you may not be close to home or your vet may be unavailable. In these cases, a veterinary specialty hospital is usually your best bet for around-the-care clock for injured animals.
One thing to consider when going to a hospital is whether or not your pet has been vaccinated. Some people think that just because their pets hardly ever go outside that they don’t need to be vaccinated, but even the smallest animals can be at-risk if unvaccinated at a care facility. Think of it this way: if your pet gets seriously ill and you have to take him or her somewhere where there are sick animals, do you want to take the chance with an unvaccinated pet?
2. Keep your Pet Calm
After an accident, your pet will likely be stressed out and anxious, even with only minor injuries. It is important to help your pet relax and stay calm by using a soft tone of voice to carefully reassure it that everything is okay.
It is important to remember that your pet may be in shock, and therefore may not act in his or her normal behaviors. Be careful before approaching animals, and only do so very slowly. If you hold your closed hand out to your pet and he or she doesn’t resist, you are likely in the clear to relax your pet through slow petting.
Never try and approach a frightened animal quickly, as it may sense a threat.
3. Restrain your Pet
Hopefully, you’ve been able to get close enough to your pet to talk to it and pet it, relaxing it enough to make sure you can put on a muzzle or leash. If not, continue to try and get close or recruit the assistance of another person, as an unrestrained animal is prone to running away into further danger.
Furthermore, you need to get an injured animal to a vet care facility immediately, and you won’t want further accidents or damage because your pet is unrestrained.
4. Stop any Bleeding
If your pet has been physically injured and is bleeding, you’ll want to find something soft and ideally sterile to apply pressure to the wound. Don’t try and swap out materials that have been bled through, as this may only undo any healing or clotting that has taken place.
5. Check for Shock
Like people, animals can go into shock following a trauma. This is basically when the body’s systems shut down, to protect from any further harm. If your pet is unresponsive, has shallow breathing, feels cold, and has a weak pulse, these can be signs of shock. Immediately get your animal to a vet for care.