Pet Emergency Center
At Pet Emergency Center in Missoula, our staff is full of passionate and skilled team members. We are here for you and your pet in your time of urgent pet care need. Our passion for animals and commitment to excellence allow us to provide exceptional emergency veterinarian services. Pet emergencies come in many shapes and varieties. Our skilled staff is well trained, and our facility is equipped to handle most types of veterinarian emergencies.
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. This isn't an innate understanding. Sometimes, dogs chase cars. They may get excited about seeing a visitor, running up to a car. Animals don't understand road boundaries, sidewalks, or crosswalks. Cats sometimes sleep underneath cars to take shelter, not knowing they are about to move. More than one million dogs and over five million cats are reported killed each year by cars. Those are just the numbers reported, and that doesn't include injuries.
When your dog or cat is hit by a car, your first instinct may be to scoop him up and bring him 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 him comfortable. If his injuries don't appear serious, allow him to rest. Keep a close eye on his behavior and demeanor. If the injuries appear serious, a trip to an emergency animal hospital is likely required. 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 emergency vet care. We have a complete, in-house diagnostic laboratory that can help with blood analysis. We can perform blood transfusions if necessary. We are equipped with digital radiology, ultrasound equipment, and oxygen therapy. Our veterinarians are able to 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 for pre and post operations.
If you're experiencing a veterinarian emergency, call Pet Emergency Center in Missoula right away. We offer overnight and weekend hours when your regular veterinarian is typically closed. We know that emergencies happen 24 hours a day. We're here for you when you need us: (406) 829-9300.