Emergency Care After a Pet Car Accident in Evansville, IN
Car accidents are always scary situations for drivers, passengers, pedestrians—and your pet! Just like raising a small child, it’s critically important, no matter where you live, to teach your dog basic safety habits and commands to prevent him or her from bolting into the street without you. Learning to “sit” and “stay” at road crossings might seem like a boring exercise every day, but the habit could save your pet’s life. Cats are less responsive, so it’s best to keep your cat indoors unless you live very far from roads or your cat is trained to go outside with you on a harness or in a secure area.
In the event that your cat or dog is struck by a vehicle, bring them immediately to Chateau Dog & Cat Hospital in Evansville, IN. Our compassionate, skilled staff will provide expert emergency care after your pet’s car accident.
What to Do If Your Pet Is Hit by a Car
If your pet is hit by a car, first remember that you must never jeopardize your own safety to rescue the animal. Ask for help stopping traffic before going into the street after your dog or cat. Bring a blanket to gently lift, carry, and wrap your pet into the back of a car for warmth and security while you transport him or her directly to our animal hospital for emergency care. You can call our office to alert the veterinary team to the accident and share basic information about your animal in advance.
Once you arrive, our team will evaluate the extent of your animal’s injuries. Please remember that even if you don’t see any serious external injuries, the impact from a collision could cause internal bleeding. That’s why it’s vital to bring your pet to Chateau Dog & Cat Hospital immediately after a car accident for a full evaluation.
Prepare an Emergency First Aid Kit
Similar to a first aid kit at home, school, or in the car, you may never use a pet emergency kit. In the case of an accident, however, it could be a lifesaver. The kit should include all relevant phone numbers and medical records for quick reference as well as a leash and carrier for fast transportation.
According to the Humane Society, the basic medical supplies to include in a first aid kit are:
- Absorbent gauze pads and adhesive tape
- Antiseptic wipes, lotion, or powder and a sterile saline solution
- A foil emergency blanket and regular blanket for wrapping, carrying and supporting injured animals
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Gauze rolls
- Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting as directed by a veterinarian)
- Ice pack
- Non-latex gloves
- Rectal thermometer and petroleum jelly (a normal pet temperature should stay below 103 degrees Fahrenheit and above 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Blunt-end scissors
With a first aid kit, you’ll be better prepared to treat minor injuries as well as stabilize a more serious condition before reaching medical help. If you have questions about treating injuries, if and when to bring in your pet after an injury, or need to alert us to an emergency, call Chateau Dog & Cat Hospital in Evansville, IN, at any time for professional guidance.