Injuries and emergencies can happen with pets as well as humans. However, injured pets may behave slightly different from injured humans. Let’s take a closer look at how you should handle a pet injury.
Approach with Caution
Even the sweetest pet you have ever owned can become an unpredictable animal when injured. Your injured pet is likely in pain, scared, and does not understand that you or your vet is trying to help. Always approach your injured pet with caution. Keep your face and hands away from the pet’s mouth and claws. If possible, conduct a quick examination to see what is wrong, but if your pet shows signs of agitation, then back away.
Pets can pick up on any emotion their human is feeling, such as nervousness and happiness. With this in mind, try to remain calm whenever you are around your pet. If you are nervous, scared, or upset about your pet’s injury, then he may become nervous and lash out. Some pets may do the opposite and try to comfort their owner by acting as if they are no longer injured. Keep your emotions under control, and handle the situation quickly and calmly.
Call Emergency Vet Services
Whenever you are unsure about the extent of an injury or potentially hazardous event that happened to your pet, call your emergency animal hospital. Your emergency vet or the technician will ask questions to understand the injury and recommend a course of action. If the injury is extensive or dangerous—such as a broken limb or ingestion of poison—bring your pet to the emergency vet services right away. Have someone else call the vet to inform him or her of the situation and that you are on your way.
If ever your pet becomes injured or ill, please call Horizon Animal Hospital at (480) 800-4559. We want you and your pet to be as happy and healthy as possible, so do not hesitate to call our knowledgeable staff with your questions.