Transporting your Pet in an Emergency


If your pet experiences an emergency, bring your pet to Nashville Veterinary Specialty and Animal Emergency as soon as possible or call us if you have questions regarding your pet’s condition.

When transporting your pet, remember to stay calm. If you are calm, your pet will be calmer as well. Use slow, steady, gentle movements and a low tone when approaching and handling your pet. Any pet who is in pain may bite, even its pet parent, so please be careful when you handle a pet that may be in pain.

Additional Tips for Transporting your pet:

  • Drive carefully and observe all speed and traffic lights and signs
  • Handle your pet as gently and as little as possible
  • Lie your pet on its side if possible. If the pet seems to resent this or has more difficulty breathing on its side, leave the pet in a comfortable position of his or her choosing
  • Place your pet in the back seat and, when possible, have someone right in the back with them
  • If your pet cannot walk or is too weak to stand, gently wrap/slide your pet into a blanket, towel, or coat, or place your pet in a secure pet carrier
  • If you have assistance, two people should lift your pet into your vehicle supporting the head and rear.

Pet First Aid:

  • If your pet is bleeding, apply firm, direct pressure over the bleeding area to control bleeding. Avoid bandages that cut off circulation
  • Wrap large wounds to keep them clean
  • Minimize movement as much as possible