Transporting Your Injured Pet to the Veterinarian

Oh no, your pet has been hurt! Here are some ways you can get them to your vet safely.

Thousands of pets are admitted to the Veterinarian daily due to emergency situations or injuries. As a pet owner, it important to know the necessary steps to take in order to get your pet to the Veterinarian in a safe and timely manner.

Here are the top 5 things to keep in mind when transporting your furry friend to the animal hospital.

1. Handle pet as little as possible

When your pet is injured, it is important to keep them as stationary as possible. It can be difficult as a pet owner not to touch or try to move your pet when they are hurt.  Encouraging your pet to lie down or stay can help you gauge the severity of your pet’s injuries while preparations are being made to transport them to the Veterinarian. Smaller dogs and cats can be transported in a cardboard box or a standard pet carrier if available.

2. Minimize movement

Minimizing movement is a key component to preventing further injury. If your pet insist on moving, gently tie or tape your pet to a flat surface such as an ironing board. This is important when handing a pet that is unconscious or a pet that has a suspected back injury. If you are not able to completely stabilize your pet on a flat surface, carefully hold your pet try to keep them from thrashing or falling which could further any existing injuries.

3. Provide adequate ventilation

Always try to keep your pet calm. If you are inside, carefully place a fan in front of your pet, directing the air into its face. If you and your pet are in a confined space, clear the airway as much as possible. In a situation where your injured pet is unconscious, perform mouth to snout resuscitation if necessary.

4. Control active bleeding

Apply pressure to bleeding wounds with a clean towel or gauze. Never place your bare fingers or bare hand on an open wound. Dispose of all bloody towels and gauze.

5. Call ahead

Contact the Veterinary Hospital before you are en route. Be aware of your directions and the location of the Veterinary Hospital. If your local Veterinarian does not provide afterhours service, locate and contact the nearest 24-hour emergency clinic.

Call 256-350-7001 to reach our Emergency Clinic.

  • Emergency Clinic Address:  2117 Veterans Drive SE in Decatur, Alabama.
  • Weekday Hours: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. Monday – Thursday.
  • Weekend Hours: 6:00 p.m. on Friday – 7:00 a.m. on Monday.

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