How to Help Your Pet When They are Sick or Injured

Getting them to the veterinarian can be quite the challenge if you’re unprepared.

Throughout your pet’s lifetime, many things can happen. They can become sick or injured without notice. Your dog or cat may have a minor illness that is treatable at home. Sometimes, they’ve got a scratch or scrape that needs attention. Knowing how to assist an animal during their time of need helps you prolong their lives by taking the measures necessary to get them the medical assistance they require.

Here is how to help your pet when they are sick or injured.

Treat minor scrapes and fungal infections immediately.

Minor scrapes and rashes can be treated rather easily at home with the right products. Stocking your pet first aid kit with the supplies needed to provide wound care and treat fungal infections to prevent them from spreading to other animals or members of your family is ideal. You can opt to buy a pre-assembled kit to keep in your home or build one on your own with supplies that are custom selected for your dog or cat.

Cleaning the wound with a mild soap and water and shaving the area that is affected by applying an antibacterial cream and covering it with bandages is a step in the right direction. If there is a laceration and it’s deep, you will want to bring the animal to the vet for stitches and additional medical care. It is important to keep the area clean and infection-free.

Follow the American Veterinary Medicine Association’s (AVMA) Advice on handling an injured animal.

Even the most docile cat or dog can hurt a person if the animal is injured. It’s important to do an examination on the pet slowly and without putting your face near their mouth. They could sink their teeth into you and not let go because they are in physical and emotional distress.

Contact the pet’s veterinarian right away before taking the steps necessary to move the animal. That way, the medical professional is prepared for the dog or cat’s arrival. Also, muzzle the pet if they are not vomiting.

A towel, pair of stockings or gauze can be used to prevent the animal from biting. A second towel can be used to pick the pet up and transport them. A box or container that gives them space to lay comfortably helps tremendously.

Make sure that the medical records you keep on your pet are on hand for easy access. That way you can bring them to the emergency staff right away. They aren’t familiar with your pet the way your primary vet is, so this saves them tremendous amounts of time which means your cat or dog isn’t in pain for as long.

If their condition requires surgery then we have tips to help with post surgery care for pets.

Learn to recognize uncharacteristic behavior in your pet.

There are things you can do to help your sick or injured pet feel better. When an illness is prolonged, or the dog or cat has been involved in an accident where they are bleeding excessively, showing signs of lethargy or behaving in a manner that indicates distress, it is important to contact the emergency veterinarian in your area immediately. That way, they can receive the help that they need to remain healthy and pain-free.