12 Jun, 2019

What is the best way to transport an injured pet?

Cats should always be transported in some form of covered box or crate.

In the situation whereby a pet is injured and needing to be taken to the vet, care must be taken as to how you transport the pet as incorrect handling could result in further injury.

Remember ‘Less is Best’ – so only handle the pet where absolutely necessary AND as gently as possible.

The pet will know what is most comfortable for them but if able to without causing pain or stress have the pet lay down and stay.

As the actual injuries may not be fully known always err on the side of caution and presume there is a possible spinal injury.

Minimising movement can prevent further injury. If the pet is calm you can try securing them to a flat surface with tape or tie. Do not persist with this action if the pet is struggling. At all times try to keep the back and neck straight.

Should the pet be unconscious be sure to position the head in the normal position with the body.

Keep the head lower than the level of the heart as this will prevent any vomit to run out of the mouth, avoiding it flowing into the windpipe and lungs.

Covering the pet with a blanket will help them to remain calm.