Drive Aware, Watch for Pets: What to Do if You Hit a Pet While Driving
It's an unfortunate reality that pets can sometimes find themselves in harm's way while out and about. Whether they're wandering off-leash, escaping from a backyard, or chasing after a squirrel, pets can sometimes end up on the road and in danger of being hit by a car. As drivers, it's our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings and take steps to avoid hitting pets whenever possible. But what should you do if you do end up hitting a pet while driving?
The first and most important thing to remember is to stay calm and focused. If you're able to safely pull over to the side of the road, do so as soon as possible and turn on your hazard lights. Once you're safely stopped, approach the pet slowly and carefully, using a calm voice. Even a gentle pet may be frightened and disoriented after being hit by a car, so it's important to approach with caution.
If the animal is conscious and able to move, check for injuries. Be very careful when approaching a pet that is in pain or frightened, as they may bite or scratch out of fear. If the animal is injured, call your local animal control agency, veterinarian or emergency animal hospital to ask for assistance. They may be able to provide instructions on how to safely transport the animal to the nearest animal hospital or shelter.
If possible, carefully wrap the animal in a blanket or towel and place it in a box or crate for transport. Make sure the animal is secure and comfortable. It's important to transport the animal to the nearest animal hospital or shelter as soon as possible to receive medical attention.
In San Martin, California, the San Martin Animal Shelter is a great resource for injured pets. Their phone number is (408) 686-3900 and their address is 12370 Murphy Ave, San Martin, CA 95046. If you're not in the San Martin area, look up your local animal control agency or animal hospital and save their phone number in your phone for emergencies.
Remember, it's always best to take precautions to avoid hitting a pet in the first place. Driving with caution in areas where pets are likely to be present and keeping an eye out for animals that may dart into the road unexpectedly is essential. By driving aware and watching for pets, we can all do our part to help keep our furry friends safe.
In the unfortunate event that you do hit a pet while driving, remember to stay calm, approach the animal with caution, and call for help as soon as possible. By taking these steps, you can help ensure that the pet receives the care and attention it needs to recover from its injuries. Together, we can all work to create safer roads for pets and drivers alike.