Dr. Phil Zeltzman’s Blog
When loving pet owners hurt their pet – badly
WARNING !!! This blog post is not for the faint of heart!!!
Of course you’ve heard of a pet who got hit by a car.
How about about a pet hit by his or her owner?
Do you find this shocking?
Do you think that this could never ever happen to you?
You’d be surprised how often this happens. It actually happens all the time! I fix these patients up regularly. They occasionally have what we call soft tissue injuries: to the lungs, the intestine or the skin.
Most of the time, they have orthopedic injuries, i.e. broken bones, often in the pelvis.
Sadly, some pets never make it…
How does it happen?
Occasionally, it happens when “pet meets car,” for example when a dog runs to greet his owner.
Most of the time, it happens because the pet (cat or dog), sleeps under the car. And as you can imagine, the owner who is about to back up never suspects that their pet is sleeping under their car.
So this is a reminder to never assume.
Always make sure you know where your pets are before you drive away.
Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a traveling veterinary surgeon in Pennsylvania & New Jersey. An award-winning author, he loves to share his adventures in practice along with information about vet medicine and surgery that can really help your pets. Dr. Zeltzman specializes in orthopedic, neurologic, cancer, and soft tissue surgeries for dogs, cats, and small exotics. By working with local family vets, he offers the best surgical care, safest anesthesia, and utmost pain management to all his patients. Sign up to get an email when he updates his blog, and follow him on Facebook, too!