Travel Animal Doctor: My Pet was in a Hit By Car Accident!

Travel Animal Doctor: My Pet was in a Hit By Car Accident!

One of the toughest parts of the job as a clinical veterinarian is taking care of a pet hit by car accident. -Travel Animal Doctor A Tough Job The phrase “ I always wanted to be a veterinarian but…” has been something I hear often. The job is rewarding sometimes, but other times it is extremely hard on your emotions, body and brain. As with all jobs, it can be enjoyable but there are always the parts of the job that are extremely challenging. Taking care of happy and healthy puppies and kittens is always fun. A sick puppy or kitten is no fun at all. One of the worst days as a pet veterinarian I have had was when a husky came in after the pet was hit by a car. That hit by car accident completely mangled the poor husky. I will spare you the gory details but needless to say he did not make it, and it was devastating. It is extremely heartbreaking when as the professional you cannot do anything for your client or for their pet. We tried our best, and that is all we could do. He had the most gorgeous blue eyes… had. It was especially hard on me because it reminded me of a husky I had growing up. pratanti / Foter / CC BY While as a doctor I can preach about pet safety all day, anyone who has owned a husky knows the unique nature of the breed. The Story Growing up, we had a six-foot wooden fence, brand new. Our adolescent husky felt like going for a run....
Save Your Pet in a Pet Hit By Car Accident- Travel Animal Doctor

Save Your Pet in a Pet Hit By Car Accident- Travel Animal Doctor

There were over six million acknowledged pet hit by car accidents in the United States last year. -Travel Animal Doctor It is important to be prepared in case a pet hit by car emergency is to occur. See “My Pet was in a Hit By Car Accident!” for the beginning of this three part series. The second article, “Prevent Your Pet from Being Hit By a Car” provided solutions to avoid these emergencies. This is the third and final article I am writing to help the pet owner save their pet in a hit by car emergency. This content may be slightly difficult for a pet owner to read because graphic terms must be used.   Thomas Hawk / Foter / CC BY-NC There can be extreme trauma induced in a pet hit by car incident. Mental and physical injuries that often come with this intense trauma include concussions, fractures and shock. Multiple body organs that normally work in unison in a healthy body become dismantled, with the most common injuries being: diaphragmatic hernias, organ rupture and lung contusions. Internal bleeding can ensue and fluid build up in the lungs can make it impossible for your pet to breathe. If a car hit your pet you need to call a veterinarian as soon as possible. If you are for some reason unable to get to a veterinarian, here are some tips you can use to save your pet. It is important to get him to that veterinary hospital as soon as you can after a pet hit by car accident. 1) Keep your animal on a flat surface Keep your pet’s...
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