There are many types of trauma that your pet can experience. If your pet has experienced any type of strike or blow, such as being hit by a car, that causes injury or damage to any part of their body, they should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. If you aren’t sure how to transport your pet to the animal hospital following trauma or if you have questions about what to do during transportation, such as covering a wound or bracing a broken bone, contact your veterinarian for recommendations while you are in route or just prior to going to the emergency room.
If you notice your pet acting differently or exhibiting strange behaviors, such as withdrawing from you or suddenly fatigued, it is important you take them for an examination as soon as possible. Many injuries and illnesses will not show symptoms right away, such as if your pet has eaten something toxic, so the safest thing to do is take them in for an exam at the first sign of anything different in their behavior.