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Emergency Tips

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Instructions for Pet Owners

You may be instructed to use one or more of the following to stabilize your pet prior to transport.

Muzzle - It is strongly recommended that owners a muzzle before handling their dog during an emergency situation. Fear and pain can cause even the most docile of animals to act in an aggressive manner.  If a muzzle is unavailable, a cloth strip secured around your pet’s mouth can be used. Always use caution when applying a muzzle-type device.  

Do not muzzle a cat; instead a large blanket can be used for handling purposes to prevent unintended injuries.

Stretcher - Use plywood or an ironing board large enough to carry your pet if it is non-ambulatory. Always secure the pet to the board with cloth rags, tape, or belts.
Pet Carrier - If you are unable to place an injured cat in a pet carrier, wrap the cat in a large blanket.

Blanket – A blanket may be used to decrease loss of body heat and to wrap-up cats/small dogs for handling purposes.

Telfa pads – A clean, dry cloth or telfa pad may be used to place over open wounds.
Medical tape – Do your best to secure a bandage on the patient (1 and 2 inch white tape).

Large Plastic Bag – If time allows, cover the transport vehicle’s seat in case of bleeding, urination, defecation or vomiting.

Eye Wash - Flush eyes if a contaminant or toxic substance has caused irritation.