No owner wants to think about finding their pet in a position where they are severely hurt, but it’s important to know what exactly you can do to relieve pain and give them the best chance at survival and recovery as possible if the situation arises. While it’s important that any sick or injured animal is taken to your nearest veterinarian for care, Animal Emergency Service has compiled a list of ways you can assist your furry friend until you can get them to a trusted professional.

Cuts and bleeding

If your pet has suffered an injury that finds them bleeding from an open wound, you should attempt to decrease the amount of blood lost and keep the wound clean by pressing a sanitary piece of fabric or a bandage onto the area. This can provide temporary relief until you are able to get them to the nearest vet.

Burns

It’s not uncommon for dogs and cats to suffer burns, especially for those with a habit of following you around the kitchen. If you believe that your pet has sustained a burn, apply a cold compress in the form of a clean towel or bandage to the affected area as you transfer them to the nearest pet hospital.

Broken bones

Many different accidents can cause broken bones in animals, such as suffering a fall or being hit by a car amongst other things. Situations where your pet may have suffered a broken bone can be tricky as moving them poses the risk of causing further pain or worsening the injury. This is why it’s important to calmly try and transport them using a ‘sling’, such as a blanket (or another piece of material, depending on the size of the animal). Be sure to move the affected area as little as possible to avoid further damage. Additionally, be aware that even the gentlest pets can bite or become defensive when in pain, so ensure that you are safe as well when handling or moving them.

Fits and seizures

If your dog or cat appears to have a seizure, it’s important to make the room as calm and quiet as possible while waiting for the episode to pass. Do not try to restrain or move them while they are convulsing, and you should never feed them any food or drink either. When the fit stops, calmly reassure your pet that they are okay and transport them to your nearest vet immediately. However, if the fit appears to be lasting longer than two minutes, do not wait for it to stop and instead use a sling (as mentioned earlier) to transport them into a car and to your nearest emergency vet. This is important as lengthy, severe episodes can cause brain damage and getting help as soon as possible reduces the chances of any long-term harm.

Penetrating objects

If your pet has been affected by a penetrating wound, it’s vital that you do not remove the object at any stage. Instead, keep them feeling safe and warm as you take them to the vet and apply a compress to any bleeding while making sure that you do not put any further pressure on the protruding object itself.