We understand that it might not be easy to respond during trauma related emergencies, but is important to remain calm and act fast. If your pet has suffered an accident, food contamination, or other trauma-related issues, it is critical they receive emergency care right away.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, here are other signs your pet needs care:

  • Accelerated breathing
  • White/pale pink gums
  • Disproportionate bleeding
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Seizures

Unfortunately, animals tend to respond aggressively when injured, so make sure you protect yourself first. Animals can also sense our stress and anxiety, so try your best to stay calm and act with care.

For dogs who have experienced trauma, kneel and call their name, if they act aggressively, ask for help. If they respond gently, try to lift them up with a towel or blanket. Make sure you gently support their neck and back in case they have spinal damage.

For cats that have experienced trauma, it is very similar to dogs. You can place a blanket or towel over the cat’s head to prevent them from biting. Try to lift them up with a towel or blanket and place them in a box for safer transportation. As with dogs, make sure to gently support their neck and back in case they have spinal damage.

Once you secure transportation for your pet, take them to an emergency room right away. Make sure you are not alone! At the very least have a friend, family member or neighbor call the emergency facility in advance so they can be prepared for your pet.

Prepare in advance

Of course we do not like to think about worst case scenarios for our pets, but we need to be prepared for any emergency. If your veterinarian does not offer 24 hour services, please make sure you find the nearest 24 hour emergency facility in advance. It can be helpful to have the facility’s information on hand (maybe on the refrigerator) so you don’t waste precious time when responding to an accident.

It is also important that all your pet care servicing companies are prepared for an emergency when you are away or at work. At Pupsicles Pet Care, we take this very seriously and we are prepared for any emergency. We have emergency facilities information always at hand so our team members can provide the best pet care possible!

Here are three of the most recommended 24-hour emergency facilities in the city:

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital

10140 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

(303) 424-3325


VCA Alameda East

9770 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80247

(303) 366-2639


VRCC (Veterinary Referral Centers of Colorado)

3550 S Jason St, Englewood, CO 80110

(303) 874-7387


Source: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/emergency-care-your-pet