dog-1149964_640Though you do everything you can to keep your dog safe, sometimes things happen that are out of your control. Maybe your dog got off the leash and ran to play with another dog. Maybe your dog was just not paying attention. No matter how it happens, if your dog gets hit by a car, it can be devastating.

If your dog does get hit by a car, it is important that you remain as calm as possible. If you are not, nobody else will be either. Someone needs to take charge, and it might as well be you.

Be careful when approaching your dog. He or she is probably scared and in pain, which are both good reasons to bite anyone who approaches. It never hurts to keep a muzzle around, just in case. A muzzle should never be used if your dog is having trouble breathing.

Call your veterinarian right away. If the vet’s office is not open, it is important to know where your nearest emergency clinic is. Answer their questions as honestly as possible so that they know how to help you.

The most common injuries are cuts and scrapes. These usually don’t need emergency care unless your dog goes into shock. Clean wounds and apply pressure until you can get your pet into the veterinarian to see if stitches are necessary.

Sometimes dogs break bones. If you suspect that your dog has that type of injury, try to keep him or her as still as possible. It may help to tie your dog onto a board to keep him or her still.

If your dog shows any signs of distress, such as trouble breathing, white gums, etc, it is important to wrap him or her up in a blanket for warmth and get to the veterinarian for an examination.

If you have any questions or your dog has been hit by a car, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (562) 697-3885. We would be glad to help your dog, no matter what shape he or she is in.