Pet Injured in an Auto Accident? Stay Pawsitive with these 5 Tips!

Sadly, even pets can get hurt in automobile accidents. Here are five tips for keeping your pet safe on the road.

Restrain your Pet

Looking away from the road for two seconds doubles your risk of a crash. Make sure your pet is secure and immobile in your vehicle by using a pet harness/safety belt or a pet crate. Focus on the road: for your own sake, and for the sake of your pet. According to a 2011 survey, nearly 6 in 10 respondents admitted to driving with their dog over the past year, and 65% had engaged in at least one potentially distracting activity, like petting the animal, holding or restraining it, or giving it food or treats.

Get Pet Insurance

Some auto insurance companies offer special coverage for pets, but many do not and what is offered may be insufficient to cover veterinary costs. Fortunately, you can get pet health insurance, which covers a variety of veterinary costs for sick and injured pets.

Keep your Pet Calm

After an accident your dog or cat may be scared, confused and could become aggressive or skittish. Talk softly to your pet. Approach it slowly, avoiding sudden movements. If you are not calm yourself, your pet will sense the same thing and may act out of sorts as well.

Caring for your Pet

If your dog feels cold, has a weak and rapid heart rate, or his breathing is rapid and shallow, he may be going into shock. Cover your pet with a coat or blanket to help keep warm. Keep it calm and seek veterinary attention immediately. If your pet is bleeding, place some clean sterile gauze over the wound and apply pressure. Use a tourniquet only as a last resort, and never around the neck or over a fracture or joint.

After an Accident

Stay calm! Get insurance information from the other driver and the names and contact information of nearby witnesses after making sure everyone, including your pet, is ok. Call the police and tell them the truth. Discuss the details of the accident with no one else. Report the crash to your insurance agency as soon as reasonably possible. Have an attorney, like the ones from Pritzker Law, ready on hand in the case of legal issues arising from the accident.

The road can be a dangerous place for humans and animals alike. Fortunately, there are things you can do to take precautions that reduce the risk of accidents. If one does happen, make sure your pet keeps calm and gets medical attention if needed. 

Older Post
Newer Post

Leave a Comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Share on social media

Keep it Clean

Save the planet & your wallet with our 100% machine washable Lounge Beds

Learn More

Luxury Designed Products for Pets, People & Planet

Pamper your pet, update your home décor and save the planet with P.L.A.Y.’s luxury and eco-friendly pet products. Our premium pet beds are not only functional, but they’re also 100% machine washable, stylish enough to look good your home & their plush filling is made from recycled plastic bottles!

From comfortable and practical pet beds, new and whimsical pet toys released yearly and the best outdoor gear to help you adventure with your furry friend, we strive to meet the needs of modern pet parents. With exclusive designs created by artists around the world, we deliver a look and feel that will leave tails wagging and wallets intact.

People Are Talking About Us
Hallmark Channel
Apartment Theraphy
HGTV
Chicago Tribune
Daily Candy
People
View More Media Coverage
Close (esc)

Popup

Use this popup to embed a mailing list sign up form. Alternatively use it as a simple call to action with a link to a product or a page.

Age verification

By clicking enter you are verifying that you are old enough to consume alcohol.

Search

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty.
Shop Now