I was out in the neighborhood the other day when i was reminded of an important message I thought was worth sharing...
A friend's dog had what appeared to be an injured paw - as I approached the dog (which I knew) it snarled and growled at me like it had never done so, snapping it's teeth at me and just missing my hand!
And then I remembered - hurt animals (even one's familiar to us) don't always act as we expect and we need to take extra care around them.
I jotted down some helpful hints that could save a pet's life AND protect you or a member of your family and wanted to share:
- Approach the ill or injured pet slowly and cautiously. Even your own pet can become aggressive when in pain or scared.
- Don't make any sudden or loud movements; you might scare the animal.
- If needed, use towels or blanket to subdue cats or small dogs.
- Keep your veterinarian's phone number and address in a convenient location (on the fridge or in your phone perhaps) in your home.
- Keep the phone number and address of an after-hours veterinary clinic, as well as directions to that clinic in a convenient location as well. If possible call the clinic ahead of time so that the on-duty staff know you are coming and are aware of the nature of your pet's illness or injury.
Hopefully you will never have to deal with a situation where you need to seek emergency aid for an animal, but if you do, exercise caution-protect yourself first and then protect the animal.
I am happy to report the dog is on the mend, though not so pleased about his 'cone of shame'...
Hope you have a great day!