Pain and fear can make animals unpredictable, even dangerous. Find out how to properly handle an injured pet to ensure everyone’s safety.
- If your pet just got injured, don’t despair! Keep your cool. Pets can sense your energy, so if you remain calm it will help them calm down too.
- Do not hug your pet or put your face close to theirs. Your instinct may be to comfort your pet with a hug, but this might just scare your pet more or cause them pain. Instead, use a soothing tone of voice to help calm your pet and show them your love.
- Examine your pet gently and slowly. Stop if your pet becomes more agitated.
- Call your veterinarian or contact your nearest emergency animal hospital, depending on the severity of the injury. Calling ahead will help ensure that they are ready for when you arrive.
- If necessary, muzzle your pet to reduce the chance of biting. Remember to never, ever muzzle a pet that is vomiting. Cats can be wrapped in a towel or blanket to prevent scratching, but make sure you do this gently to avoid causing them more pain.
- Transport your pet in a confined area, such as a pet carrier, to prevent further injury.
- Keep your pet’s medical records in a safe, easy-to-access place and bring them along when you take your pet to the emergency room.