Has Your Dog Been in an Accident? 4 Steps to Take to Get Them the Care They Need

Pets & Animals Blog

If your dog has been in an accident and has sustained significant injuries, you need to take immediate action. You may know how to prepare your dog for a vet visit when they're sick. But, those actions might not be the best steps now that your dog has been injured. Here are four steps to get your dog ready for transport to the animal hospital. 

Muzzle First

If your dog is in pain, the first thing you need to do is protect yourself from bites. You might not think your dog will bite. But, that's not necessarily the case. If your dog is in pain, it may not be in control of its behavior. Unfortunately, that means you may get bitten. The best way to protect against that is to muzzle your dog. If you don't have an actual muzzle, you can simply tie a soft piece of material around your dog's mouth. 

Handle With Care

If your dog has been injured in an accident, and you need to transport them to an animal hospital, be sure to handle them with care. You want to move them as little as possible. Sudden or abrupt movements could cause additional pain and injuries. If you can, gently place your dog on a board. Once you have your dog on the board, secure them using strips of cloth or ace bandages. You want to minimize your dog's movement as much as possible. This is especially important if your dog might have back or neck injuries. 

Protect the Abdomen

If your dog has been hit by a car, you want to take steps to protect their abdomen. They may have internal injuries that you're not able to see. Not only that, but they may be experiencing difficulty with their breathing. Reducing contact with their abdomen will help avoid further injury, and will make it easier for your dog to breathe. 

Contact an Animal Hospital

If your dog has been involved in an accident, and they need emergency veterinary care, contact the animal hospital as soon as possible. Let the veterinarian know that you're on the way, and that your dog has been injured in an accident. Provide as many details about your dog's accident as possible. Also, let the veterinarian know whether your dog is conscious, or unconscious. If possible, send a picture of your dog to the veterinarian. That way, the animal hospital staff will be ready to provide immediate attention as soon as you arrive.


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