We all know that a strong leash or a secure fence is the safest choice for our furry sidekicks. Unfortunately, even the most well-behaved dogs can get away from us from time to time. What’s even worse, though, is when the adventuresome nature of our canine companions leads them to be hit by a car. Watching the event happen and comforting your pet through the aftermath is a terribly stressful experience, and while we hope that you and your pet never have to endure this, we hope to prepare you “just in case”.
What to Do If Your Dog is Hit by a Car in Haines City, Florida
First and foremost, if you are near our practice and your dog has been hit by a car during business hours, we invite you to come directly to our clinic for immediate care for your pet. If you’re not sure that someone will be here, it’s best to call us first at 863-421-2338. If we are not available, emergency instructions will be played for you by our answering service.
Beyond that, here are the steps that you should take immediately following the accident:
- Think about your own safety! Remember that all animals (even your best friend) will lash out from pain or fear. Be compassionate, but think of your personal well-being first. You can’t help Fido from the human emergency room, after all.
- Carefully load your pet into your vehicle. Small to medium dogs (and cats too) can be wrapped in a towel or blanket in most cases. This gives you more leverage for lifting, makes your pet more comfortable, and provides a buffer for safety.
- Call your family veterinarian or after-hours emergency service. It helps to call your destination and let them know you’re coming. You can describe the injuries, as well, so they can be prepared to give your pet immediate care.
If your pet is on any routine medications, try to keep a mental list of those drugs, because that information will need to be shared with your emergency care provider. Most importantly, never fail to seek treatment after an accident has occurred. Even if your pet appears to be fine, it’s impossible to know what kind of internal injuries may have happened without seeing a veterinarian.
If your pet has been hit by a car in or near Haines City, Florida, we would love to help you get the treatment your pet needs. Call us anytime at 863-421-2338 to speak with a member of our team.