Garden State Veterinary Services offers advice about pet trauma

There are many different degrees of pet trauma, from minor scrapes to more severe injuries. Pet owners should be prepared for unforeseen incidents; know how to handle their pet, what medications or pre-existing problems they have, and also where to seek emergency care 24/7. Before handling an animal, try to make a visual assessment of its injuries: Did anyone witness a traumatic event? Are there obvious open wounds that are actively bleeding? Is the animal able to stand and walk? Is the animal breathing comfortably or is its respiratory effort labored? Once your pet is secured, you should transport him/her to a veterinary facility for evaluation. Calling ahead to alert the staff that you are coming may be a good idea, but should not delay transportation of your pet to a veterinary facility. Garden State Veterinary Services at 643 Route 27 (Lincoln Highway), Iselin, is open to provide emergency veterinary medical care 24 hours a day.The doctors work with your primary veterinarian to provide the best care possible for your pet.The content of this article is for informational purposes only and is not to be substituted for the advice of a veterinarian. Call Garden State Veterinary Services at 732-283-3535.