This time of year, we often see many cases of trauma in the ER, from minor cuts to life threatening injuries. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe:
1. When you are out and about, it's best to keep your pet on a leash at all times. Off-leash pets can wander out of sight, attack or be attacked by other dogs, run into traffic and be hit by a car, or even fall off cliffs during hikes.
2. Accompany your pet outside at night, especially in rural areas where encounters with wildlife are more common. Even in urban areas, we are seeing more wildlife such as coyotes and raccoons that can easily attack small dogs or cats.
3. Once aggression issues start between dogs in the same household, they often occur frequently and can land dogs in the ER. Eliminating the trigger, such as food or toy aggression, often resolves the problem, but if the trigger cannot be identified, the aggression often escalates.
4. Pets who are bitten or hit by a car should be evaluated by a veterinarian immediately, even if the injuries are minor. Superficial injuries can hide more severe internal trauma, which often takes time to show signs but can quickly become life threatening.
5. In urban areas, pets often fall from windows or ledges in buildings. Protect pets from these types of injuries by preventing access to rooftops or windows and keeping them inside.
Always call your veterinarian with questions or concerns about your pet.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052