What to Do If Your Pet Is Hit by a Car

Transport Your Pet to the Nearest Veterinary Hospital

Many pets who are hit by cars may have degloving injuries, in which the skin has been torn away, exposing the underlying muscle. Do not attempt to clean these wounds, as they can be very painful. If a wound is bleeding profusely, place a bandage over the region and apply pressure. If bandage material is not available, a clean sock, towel or shirt can be used.

It’s important for your pet to be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible. The veterinarian will assess for injuries and may recommend performing testing (which may include bloodwork, X-rays and other diagnostics) to learn more about your pet's overall condition.

If serious injuries are present or if the pet is in shock, an intravenous catheter will often be placed to administer fluids. Pain medications may be administered to keep your beloved four-legged companion as comfortable as possible. In some cases, surgery may be required. In addition, wounds will be cleaned and bandaged. Antibiotic therapy may be prescribed depending on the severity of the wounds. Your pet may also need to be hospitalized during recovery or for observation.

If you have any further questions about what to do if your pet is ever hit by a car, please have a conversation with your veterinarian so you can be better prepared if this unfortunate event should ever occur. Knowing how to handle your pet and where the closest veterinary clinics are in the area could help save your canine or feline companion.

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