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What To Do If Your Pet Is Hit By A Car

You hear the tires screech and the sound of a thud. Looking around you can’t find your pet. You look up and realize it was your pet that was just it by a car. This is pretty much every pet owners worst nightmare. Any time a pet is hit by a car it is a life and death situation, so make sure you know what to do.

No matter what, even if your pet seems ok, you need to get them into your Albuquerque veterinarian immediately.  There can be injuries like internal bleeding, brain trauma, and shock that are not obvious but life threatening none-the-less.

When helping your pet at the accident scene you need to make sure to stay safe.

What to do at an accident scene

  • NEVER put yourself in the road when there is oncoming traffic.
  • If your pet is injured he may attempt to bite. If your pet is trying to bite you, call the vet and ask them to come to the scene and help you move them. Do not try to move an aggressive animal on your own. If you can’t get help, place a blanket or towel over their body to act as a barrier between you and your pet. You can also try to place a muzzle on them. In a pinch you can turn a leash into a temporary muzzle.
  • Minimize movement as much as possible. Broken bones are very common and very painful. Try to lift them onto a flat board or blanket. Be extra careful when handling their head and neck, and try to minimize movement, in case of a broken neck.
  • Perform CPR: Check to see if your pet is breathing and if their heart is beating. You can watch their chest for movement, or place your hand or a mirror in front of their nose to look for exhaled air. If no heart beat or breath is found, initiate CPR or get immediate veterinary help.
  • If you see dirt or debris in your pets wounds, do not try to clean them.
  • If a wound is bleeding profusely, place a bandage or clean cloth over the area and apply pressure. This will help slow the bleeding.
  • Get your pet to the vet immediately.

Your vet will likely give them a shot of penicillin right away to help fight off any infection. Likely she will give your pet x-rays and an exam. If your pet is in pain, she might give him pain medication to keep him comfortable. Depending on the severity of the wounds your pet may need surgery or could be kept in the clinic for observation.

The most important thing is to keep calm. You being calm will help your pet to remain calm. The sooner you get help the better off your pet will be.