TRAUMA (HIT BY CAR/FALLS)
- Car accidents and falls are the most common types of trauma that are seen in pets.
- It it important to remember that pets are very good at hiding injury
- The most common mistake made with these conditions is not seeking the care/evaluation by a veterinarian.
What Does It Look Like?
- Injuries can range from broken toenails and abrasions to broken bones and shock.
What Do You Do?
- First and foremost, make sure the situation is safe for you and your pet
- Make sure you move your pet out of the road before triaging
- Apply a muzzle - dogs usually bite because they are painful or scared, not because they are mean
- Check gum color and make sure it is pink and not white (a sign of blood loss or shock)
- Check to make sure pet is breathing well
- Check for wounds or limping
- If any wounds are noted, clean them with betadine and apply antibiotic ointment
- If injury to any leg is observed, try to stabilize leg and move to veterinarian