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Pets & Car Accidents

Getting into a car accident is scary, but it can be particularly worrisome if your pet happens to be in the vehicle with you. After all, a dog or cat cannot tell us when something hurts. In many cases, pets go days or longer before a car accident injury is discovered. However, it is crucial to bring your pet in for veterinary care as soon as possible for the best outcome. This is why our caring veterinary team at Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton urges pet owners to contact us following a car accident involving your pet.

Signs of Injuries From a Car Accident

After an auto accident, examine your pet for any of the following signs:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Panting
  • Whimpering or making other noises
  • Acting confused or in a daze
  • Scratching or pawing at any part of its body
  • Visible injuries or wounds

Keep in mind that it's still important to schedule a visit with a vet following an accident, since some injuries may not make themselves known until later.

Emergency Situations

If your pet has been in a serious car accident, call our veterinarian right away so we can help assess the situation. It's important to make arrangements to bring your pet in as soon as possible for medical care.

Keeping Pets Safe in Cars

While it's best to not bring pets in vehicles whenever possible, our veterinarian understands many situations call for it. In fact, the American Automobile Association estimates over 80% of dog owners alone drive with their pets in the vehicle. So, the best thing you can do is to make sure your pet is traveling safely and securely.

Veterinary Care in Pleasanton, CA

If you live in or around Pleasanton and you have any questions, please call Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton today at 925-734-8387 to speak with our veterinarian or a member of our staff.

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