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Mar 13

Road Accidents and Dogs

We all take sensible precautions about keeping our dogs safe, but sadly accidents can still happen.  In a contest between a road vehicle and a dog, unfortunately it is almost always the dog that comes off worst. Cars are one of the biggest causes of injury and death to dogs.  You can reduce the risk by training your dog to stop on command from a distance, ensuring that your garden is fully fenced, and keeping your dog securely on a lead in traffic.

It is a good idea to put your vet’s telephone number on your dog’s disk, although not compulsory, it may help your dog to get immediate treatment in your absence – and put it on your mobile phone too, including their emergency number – do it now!

There are products available which will help your pets to be more visible to drivers, LED collars, reflective collars and leads.  Try looking up “pet safety wear” on the internet – you may be surprised at the results.

Worst case scenario, if your dog is injured, or indeed you find an injured dog, remember A B C –

Get him Away from traffic to prevent further injury – both to the dog and you!.

Stop any obvious Bleeding using a folded piece of clothing to apply gentle pressure.

Call the vet and arrange transport as soon as possible.

Be mindful of the fact that a dog in pain will almost certainly try to bite its’ helpers and a makeshift muzzle using a scarf or a stocking may help.

…  Anne