What to do with an Injured Animal

Any animal injured or in pain can bite or scratch you. Even the friendliest of pets must be handled with care for the safety of all involved. If you are accidentally bitten or scratched, seek medical assistance immediately.

Restraint Methods

If the animal is injured, you MUST restrain him as a safety precaution. If possible, muzzle the animal unless it is unconcious, has difficulty breathing or has a mouth injury.



Checking the Pulse

The easiest place to check a pulse is the femoral artery located in the groin area. Place your fingers on the inside of the hind leg and slide your hand upward until the back of your fingers touch the abdomen. Gently move your fingers back and forth on the inside of the hind leg until you feel a pulse. Count the number of pulses in 15 seconds, and multiply that number by four. This will give you beats per minute (bpm).

Normal resting rates:


For more information on caring for injured animals, visit allanimals.org.

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