The most common pet injuries we see at the RVC Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital are:
- Road traffic accident
- Eating something they shouldn’t
- Bites and bite abscesses
- Airgun wound
- Falling from height
- Eye injuries
- Torn claws/nails
The best piece of advice we have is to call us straight away on 0207 387 8134 to discuss your concerns and we will endeavour to see your injured pet as quickly as possible.
Top Tips for Handling Your Injured Pet
Even the most gentle pet can bite or scratch if injured. Pain and fear can make animals unpredictable or even dangerous. Although you may want to comfort your pet, it might only scare the animal more or cause them pain. Pet first aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it could save your pet's life until it receives veterinary treatment.
- Do not attempt to hug your injured pet.
- Always keep your face away from its mouth.
- Examine your pet slowly and gently. Stop if your animal becomes more agitated.
- Call us before you transport your pet so they can be ready for you when you arrive.
- Cats and other small animals may be wrapped in a towel to restrain them - but not too tightly and make sure that its nose is uncovered so it can breathe.
- NEVER muzzle your pet if it is vomiting.
- Keep your pet's medical records in a safe place and bring these with you if possible.
- Any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care.
Transporting Your Injured Pet
While transporting your injured pet, keep it confined in a small area to reduce the risk of additional injury. Pet carriers work well, or you can use a box or other container (but make sure your pet has enough air).
For larger dogs, you can use a board, toboggan/sled, door, throw rug, blanket or something similar to act as a stretcher.
Call RVC Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital on 020 7387 8134 to book an appointment for your injured pet today