Handling Pets With Head Injuries

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Controlling shock is always a priority. Give artificial respiration or CPR as necessary. Control major bleeding, then do the following.

  1. Be as quiet and gentle as possible. Talk soothingly. Any sensory stimulation can trigger pain, fear or seizures.
  2. Control further bleeding and in temperate or cool weather cover the pet with a blanket.
  3. Quickly assess the pet's level of body control. Pinch the skin between the toes on each leg to assess limb movement. Lack of pain sensation means spine or nerve damage. Look at the pupils to check for symmetry. Loss of symmetry means brain damage.
  4. Check for and stabilise fractures.
  5. Carefully move the pet onto a stretcher keeping the pet's head higher than the body and transport immediately to the vet.

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