The Revision Guide for Student Nurses (Part I)

Handling Injured Animals


  1. List 4 possible reasons why injured animals should be handled with care.
  2. List 3 important considerations that must be taken into account before attempting to move an injured animal.
  3. What is meant by an "ambulatory" patient?
  4. You are called to attend an rta (road traffic accident) involving a cat. You can see that although the cat is breathing, it has suffered several injuries and requires urgent veterinary attention. The cat is showing signs of aggression and has already scratched a member of the public. Describe two methods that may be employed in order to restrain the cat.
  5. List 3 restraining aids that are not recommended if a dog is suffering dyspnoea.
  6. Describe how you would approach an injured dog that is showing signs of aggression. There is no evidence of dyspnoea (difficulty breathing).
  7. List 6 instances in which you should avoid lifting animals.
  8. Describe how you would lift a cat or small dog.
  9. Describe how you would lift a medium sized dog.
  10. Describe how you would lift a large dog.
  11. Describe an ideal cat-carrying container.
  12. When lifting is inappropriate, a stretcher may be used. Describe how you would transfer an injured dog from the ground to a stretcher.
  13. A specially designed stretcher is far preferable to improvised means. However, if you were attending an emergency where no stretcher was available, what could you use instead? Discuss the limitations of such methods.
  14. List precautions to be taken when transporting injured animals within a vehicle.