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What To Do In A Pet-Related Crisis




It’s unfortunate, but most of us have had that moment of panic when something unexpected happens to one of our beloved pets. Here’s the question: When this happens, what do you do?

Like in any crisis, the most important thing is to try and remain calm. Pets can sense their human’s emotions and will likely be confused and panicked if injured, so it is best not to add to that. Besides, it’s crucial to be able to think clearly in order to make rational decisions.

In order to protect yourself in the process, never forget that even the gentlest pet might scratch and / or bite when faced with injury and unfamiliar circumstances. In this instance, it is highly recommended that you gently muzzle a dog with either a towel, gauze rolls, stockings or anything of that nature. However, please take note to NEVER muzzle a dog if it is vomiting.

Dr. Medora Pashmakova, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) states: “Pet owners should be careful not to be bitten by a pet, even one that has no record of biting anyone before. They may do so when injured,” she said. “Typically, this means immobilizing the animal until you’re able to get it to a veterinarian. You can also purchase a commercially made muzzle or fashion a homemade muzzle out of gauze or a leash to prevent the animal from biting while being transported to veterinarian’s care.”

It’s clear that keeping your pet calm in this traumatic situation is key in ensuring their wellbeing. To the best of your ability, make sure that your pet is handled with care to ensure minimal movement, as this could further injure your pet. When transporting them to your nearest vet, make sure to keep them in a confined space to minimize any bumps that may happen whilst driving. Furthermore, your cat may scratch and act out when injured, so transporting them in their carrier will protect you too.

If your pet is experiencing any bleeding, do your best to apply pressure to the affected area without irritating or agitating your pet.

As much as none of us want to think about this kind of situation, it’s always good to be prepared. Here is a list of some essential items to have stocked away in case your pet ever gets injured:
  • Adhesive tape
  • Gauze bandages and gauze pads
  • Scissors
  • Strips of clean cloth
  • Safety pins
  • Wooden ruler or tongue depressor for tourniquet
  • Wooden paint-mixing sticks for splints
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Coffee
  • Coffee
  • Adhesive tape
  • Gauze bandages and gauze pads
  • Muzzle
  • Rectal thermometer
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Saline eyewash
  • Fresh bottled water
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Blankets and towels
  • Nylon rope for restraint
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Cotton batting
  • Tweezers
  • Leash
Unless you are a certified veterinary practitioner yourself, it is of the utmost importance that you get your pet to an accredited and trusted vet as soon as possible.

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