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....
Travel Animal Doctor: Prevent Pet Hit By Car Accidents

Travel Animal Doctor: Prevent Pet Hit By Car Accidents

Prevent pet hit by car incidents with these practical tips from Travel Animal Doctor. There were over six million acknowledged pet hit by car accidents in the United States last year. “Hit by car” scenarios are depressingly common in the veterinary field, and emotionally draining to pet owners and veterinarians. It is important to understand how one can prevent pet hit by car emergencies from occurring. I am a firm believer in prevention being the key to a healthy life for your pets. I am writing a series of articles on what a pet owner can do to help their pet in a “hit by car” emergency. See “My Pet was in a Hit By Car Accident!” for the beginning of this three part series. In this article I wanted to focus on providing advice to prevent pet hit by car emergencies. The following are six practical suggestions for pet owners to aid in the prevention of their pets being hit by cars. Jelly Dude / Foter / CC BY 1. Get your pet spayed or neutered. This is the easiest way to prevent pet hit by car emergencies. Male and female cats tend to roam more when they are intact. Roaming will increase the possibility of these animals being hit by a car or getting sick by feral cats. Dogs are similar with intact males and females escaping in order to find a mate. By removing the hormonal drive to roam you will be decreasing the likelihood of your animals being hit by a car. There are also many health benefits for spaying and neutering your animals including decreasing...
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...
Vet Version of A Cheap Pet- Friendly Vacation: Travel Animal Doctor

Vet Version of A Cheap Pet- Friendly Vacation: Travel Animal Doctor

As a spin off of the list made by my mother, Penny Claudio, today I wanted to share with you my hints on a safe and cheap pet-friendly vacation.  -Travel Animal Doctor If you missed her article, click here for some practical tips on traveling to see family so that you are welcome anytime. As a veterinarian, the first thing I think of when I travel with pets is the possibility of spreading disease to the other pets or even family members in the household, and pet anxiety. The following list will be things to remember when traveling with your pet to visit relatives from my point of view. 6 Reminders when Taking Pets to the In-Laws Remember your pet's dental care. This is just an important reminder that your pet’s oral hygiene is important. When taking your pet to see family they may love seeing her, but if her breath stinks they will not want to get close. If you can hardly remember to pack your own toothbrush and toothpaste at least remember those dental chews. Your pet is going to feel a little out of her realm so dental treats will be that special treat you use to get her into her kennel at night, and remind her that you are with her. At the same time these chews help control that build up of tartar on your pet’s teeth, and keeps the bad breath caused by the bacteria in her teeth at a minimum. If you are interested in the proper dental care for your pet, read more here. Is she being loud? In unfamiliar territory pets may get anxious,...
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