If your cat or dog is sick and you can’t get them to a vet, you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do at home. The answer is yes! By following these steps, I’ll walk you through how to help a stray or sick pet get better.

Be calm and quiet around an injured or sick animal to keep it from getting scared.

If you suspect that a pet is injured or sick, it’s important to be calm and quiet around them. Try not to get too close, as this can cause the animal to become scared and run away. Don’t try touching them—even if they look like they want your attention—as this may scare them even more and make it harder for you to help them. If the animal is visibly hurt or ill, avoid making loud noises around them as this can further scare them into running away from you. Also do not attempt feeding or giving water, as these actions could upset their stomachs and make things worse in the long run (or even kill them).

Catch them with the traps

The first step is to get a trap from the store or you can buy dog traps online. Make sure that it’s big enough for the animal you’ve found, and have it ready when you’re trying to catch them. It’s best if you set up the trap in a quiet area, away from other animals or people who might upset the pet.

Once you have set up your trap, make sure that it is safe for your new friend. If there are sharp points on the sides of their cage, consider covering them with soft blankets or material so they can’t hurt themselves while they’re in there. You want this experience to be as comfortable as possible!

It’s also important not to leave an animal trapped for too long; try putting food inside when setting up your trap so that they get used to eating while inside (and associate food with being inside). When they’re hungry enough and used to getting into their home base again and again, try closing off some parts of their enclosure so that only one way out exists; this will help prevent injury if something goes wrong during capture attempts (like when another animal comes along). 

Finally: once everything feels right about where your pet lives now  including having room enough for movement without touching anything painful. Then, close off any openings except one small opening where food may come through but nothing else will fit through enough space into its container. This gives them something familiar without disturbing their routine too much at first since we don’t want our little guy getting scared unnecessarily during initial transition periods after moving locations.

Keep your distance from the animal

Once you have determined the animal needs assistance, there are several things you should do to care for it.

Keep your distance from the animal, especially if it is panting and drooling. This may indicate that it has rabies or some other disease. If unsure, call a vet for advice on how to proceed. Do not touch an injured or sick animal without protective gear (a thick pair of gloves).

Lure them with the food

You will also need to lure the animal in with food. Traps often come with an attractant, but if you don’t have one, try using some treats like chicken mash or a toy. It may take some time for the pet to learn that you are offering these things, so be patient and make sure not to scare it away by being too aggressive in your approach.

Take them to the nearest animal hospital

If you find an animal that is sick or injured, take them to the nearest animal hospital to get animal treatment. If you do not have a car and cannot transport the animal yourself, call an animal rescue or animal control agency for assistance.

If you are not sure whether or not your pet needs medical attention, contact your local veterinarian for advice.

Bring it to a veterinarian immediately.

If you find a pet that is malnourished, the animal needs to be taken to a veterinarian immediately. A veterinarian can identify whether or not your pet requires medical attention and begin treatment right away. If you cannot afford a vet visit, you should take the animal to the nearest shelter or animal hospital.

Once you confirm that the pet is not exhibiting dangerous symptoms, put on a pair of gloves and long sleeves if possible.

You may want to wear long pants as well. This will help protect you from any diseases or bug bites the animal might be carrying, which could be transmitted to humans or other pets.

If the animal is in pain or injured, do not approach it until it has been taken care of by a veterinarian. If your pet has been bitten by another animal, visit your vet immediately for advice on how best to treat your pet and prevent any further complications from occurring.

If you are able and willing to help an injured or sick stray pet yourself, keep these tips in mind:

Never reach into your pocket or back pocket for anything while handling an unknown animal.

You’re in the middle of changing your pants, and suddenly you feel something furry in your back pocket. Before you can react, it has bitten you on the hand.

That’s right: You’ve just been bitten by an unknown animal. What now?

As anyone who has ever owned a pet can tell you, animals don’t always act as expected—and they don’t necessarily behave according to their species’ stereotypes. For example, some dogs are known for biting while others are not; some cats are known for liking people but others hate them; and so on. While there may be some general rules about which types of animals tend toward aggression (for instance, dogs usually bite more than cats), these rules aren’t absolute truths either way—so when handling any type of “strange” pet (which includes strays or pets without owners), keep an eye out for signs that might indicate aggression or other potentially dangerous behavior

Talk in a soft, reassuring tone as you approach the animal.

As you approach the animal, talk in a soft, reassuring tone. Avoid loud noises that might startle the animal or make it feel threatened. Don’t try to touch the animal until it calms down and trusts you.

Don’t move too quickly toward them and don’t force them to move if they seem hesitant about going near you. If your pet becomes aggressive, back away slowly without making sudden movements or loud sounds that may scare off your pet before getting help from someone who knows how to handle wild animals like veterinarians or wildlife rehabilitators (who can also offer advice on what to do next).

Offer food or water at arm’s length but do not force feed or hydrate the pet.

It’s important to offer food and water at arm’s length but do not force feed or hydrate the animal. If it doesn’t seem interesting, don’t try to hold it down to get it to eat. It may bite you out of fear and pain.

Don’t give the animal anything it doesn’t want, including treats from your pet if they are nearby. Pets will usually refuse unfamiliar food items when they are ill, especially if their appetite is impaired by other factors such as dehydration or nausea from medication.

Keep in mind that most sick animals will not be willing to eat until they feel better.

Remember that most sick animals will not be willing to eat until they feel better. Never force-feed or hydrate a pet. Approach the animal with caution and in a soft, reassuring tone of voice. If you see an animal who appears to be sick, offer food at arm’s length—don’t reach into your pocket or back pocket for anything while handling an unknown animal!


If you do come across a stray pet, you must approach the animal with caution. While it may be tempting to try to touch or pet a sick animal, this is generally not recommended. It could be dangerous for both you and your new friend! The same goes for feeding or giving water to an animal in need: don’t do it! If you want to help, contact your local animal shelter instead—you’ll find these professionals better equipped than yourself for dealing with illness.