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A Guide to Helping Injured Animals

Updated on July 27, 2017

We found him almost writhing in pain in our little lawn. He looked weak and unable to even stand, shivering, filthy and watering from the eyes. There was no way we could find out what exactly happened from his appearance; but one thing was certain something traumatic had come to pass. He is a kitten barely six months of age; it was quite a shock to see a frolicking healthy kitten one day and the feeble crippled one the next.

My mother had given up on him; I was determined to help him out of this state of haplessness. With some organized effort on our part, he has now completely recovered from this most disparaging condition. This is what we did.

What people usually do: Take the pet to the Veterinarian

In third world countries the culture of taking the animals to the veterinarian is minimal. No matter how much people who are poor feel for the animal, they cannot afford such a luxury. An injured animal should ideally be taken to the vet and given the necessary treatment. However people who live in those parts of the world where this practice is ill applied can also learn to take care of their pet in trauma through this article.

Help the pet; Do Not Give Up

Make up your mind that you will fight till the end for your dear companion. Our pets show us undying love and loyalty; these are times when our love and loyalty for our friends is tested. Be determined to do your best.

Cleaning up the Injured Animal

In the week feeble state the animal can not withstand the cold they may encounter on being cleaned up. Do not wet the animal; this can lead to other infections due to drop in temperature. In cases of extreme necessity can a wet cloth be used and gently wipe at the filth. Use a cotton swab moist with iodine or other anti bacterial fluid on open wounds and bandage serious ones.

Feeding an Animal in Trauma

An animal which has had a near brush with death is affected mentally as well as physically, there is the matter of physical pain as well as the psychological shock of being not able to stand or walk, in such a state it is very likely that the animal be oblivious to need to eat. However it is very important that the animal be fed so as to keep him replenished and provide him with necessary nutrition to recover from this state. Use liquid food which is very easy to press into the mouth and can easily be devoured and digested. Blend the food into its liquid form. Use appropriate means to inject the food into the mouth; at first we had to force the mouth and empty the contents of the bowl slowly. Then we realized that it is painful for him when we pushed his mouth open, I devised another means, I searched up a syringe, removed the needle pressed the nozzle gently against its clenched mouth to which it gaped slightly and injected the contents.

Psychological Support

Animals very well understand the treatment being meted out. In these sensitive times, it is incredibly important to treat them with kindness, do not shun them. Give the animal a reason to fight for his life.


When the animal has recovered somewhat, try exercising its limbs to remove the stiffness. Perform this slowly and gently so as to avoid as much pain as possible. This will help him use the limbs more freely.


Take the animal out of the dark and humid place where they tend to hide in their moments of misery. Let him absorb some healthy moderate sunlight for a small while; a maximum time of fifteen minutes.

Handling them

Handle them gently and with care, identify the areas which are injured so as to avoid them when transporting from one place to another. The most suitable way is to place and move them in a box or a mat. It is very possible that you may think that the animal has injured himself or has been beaten up, but in reality this condition can be caused by some kind of a disease, keep from using your bare hands when handling the animal. Wear gloves when petting the animal; refrain from much physical contact until they have recovered and seem to be in good health.

Make It Come to You

Do not bridge the gap whenever you are in your pet’s presence; let the animal come to you like all do when they are well acquainted with their masters. This will give him necessary exercise and a confidence boost.


An animal in this weak state cannot protect itself; it can neither fight nor flee.

Provide them with an appropriate shelter, comfortable, warm and protected. Do not let it rest on the bare concrete floor, insulate with a suitable spare cloth.

Pray and Hope for the Best

Pray wholeheartedly for the speedy recovery for your beloved pet and hope for favorable results now that you have done your best.


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