As pet owners ourselves, we know how overwhelming concern and worry can be in an emergency situation such as an illness or an injury. When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution. It’s much better to have a veterinarian check out what may end up being minor medical problem than to underestimate a major one. Call your family vet immediately if you suspect a health problem with your pet.


  • Don’t panic. Remember, your pet’s well-being depends on you being able to act quickly but calmly.
  • Don’t attempt any home remedies. Many times, home remedies, even well-intentioned ones, end up complicating the original problem or even causing a new one.
  • Call your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately and discuss your pet’s condition with the staff.
  • Handle your pet with care. An animal in pain may bite. Muzzling with a piece of nylon or a strip of cloth may be necessary for your own safety.
  • Control any bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound.
  • If you suspect a broken bone or a back injury, use a blanket over a piece of plywood or a child’s sled as a makeshift stretcher.
  • In the car, follow driving directions carefully and drive mindfully. You can’t help your pet if you get in an accident yourself!