Managing an emergency will be helpful to your pet. Dont panic, protect yourself from injury and prepare in advance.
It is important to carefully assess the circumstances surrounding an injured or severely ill pet. Determine
if the pet needs to be immediately moved and if there is danger of further injury to the pet or to first aid givers.
These suggestions may help you prepare for an emergency.
Understand how to safely approach an injured pet. Animals may respond to fear and
pain instinctively. Do not assume your own pet won't bite you. Pain or fear
may provoke even a docile animal to aggression.
Towels can be used to cover the pets head to help "blind him" and make him feel safer while being transported.
are also very helpful in deterring bites.
Keep phone numbers and addresses in a location for quick
A bandage can be used to
protect a wound or for applying pressure to control hemorrhage. Bandages can be made from towels, washcloths, paper towels,
or a piece of fabric.
A small board, a sturdy wool blanket, a piece of canvas or a hammock can be used to move or transport severely injured
pets that are unable to walk. Gently roll
or move the pet onto the device. Typically, two people are needed to pick up and move the pet when using a stretcher. Be
careful as this procedure may cause pain to an injured pet, and exposes the helpers to the risk of bite injury.
Frightened pets are often relieved by the dark calm enclosure of a blanket.
Some cotton balls
Hydrogen peroxide (check the expiration date)
Pediolyteฎ or other balanced electrolyte fluid
Baby food meat flavors work best
1 inch white tape (in addition to gauze tape)
Rolls of elastic wrap
Emergency ice pack
Thermometer (both oral and rectal thermometers can be used rectally)