With more pets being outdoors there is an increase in dogs and cats being hit by a car, golf cart, ATV, or other vehicle. Injuries range from minor abrasions to head trauma, broken bones, and internal bleeding. Always keep your pet on a leash around traffic.
If your pet is injured he or she should be evaluated by a veterinarian. Even with seemingly minor injuries, close observation is recommended since some damage (internal bleeding, head trauma) may not be apparent for up to 24 hours.
Enjoy the warm weather and long days with your pets this summer but remain alert to the potential dangers. Be prepared. Make sure you have a plan, including any first aid you might need to administer, and the contact information for your veterinarian and/or the nearest emergency clinic.