When your pet is hit by a car
Cars and pets are not a natural partnership. We cannot explain to our pets the dangers of being on the road or near moving cars. Animals don't understand road boundaries, sidewalks, or crosswalks. Sometimes dogs chase cars. They may get excited about seeing a visitor and run up to a car. Cats sometimes sleep underneath cars to take shelter, not expecting the car to move.
When your dog or cat is hit by a car, your first instinct may be to scoop the pet up and bring the pet inside to evaluate the damage. Depending on the severity of the injuries and the size of the animal, this can be easy or difficult. If your pet is bleeding, place pressure on the wounded area. Do what you can to make the pet comfortable. Watch the pet's behavior and demeanor. If you don't see any external wounds, cuts, or obvious signs of injury, you should still seek veterinarian care. There may be internal damage.
How our veterinarian can help if your pet is hit by a car
An emergency vet will make a full evaluation of your pet beyond the obvious signs of injury. Your pet's behavior and symptoms will guide the vet through a diagnosis and plan for care. We have a complete laboratory for blood analysis. We can perform blood transfusions if necessary. We are equipped with digital radiology, ultrasound equipment, and oxygen therapy. Our veterinarians can provide emergency surgery in our fully equipped surgery suite, which allows us to safely monitor animals while under anesthesia. We offer around-the-clock observation and care after surgery.
If your cat or dog is experiencing an emergency, call Pet Emergency Center. We're here when you need us: (406) 829-9300.