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How to Make an Emergency Canine Stretcher

| Updated September 26, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Large jacket or shirt with sleeves

  • Two broom handles

If your dog is injured or has a seizure, you may have to carry him to the veterinarian. However, picking a dog up may be problematical if the dog has a spinal cord injury, fractures or some other issue that requires him to be immobile. Most pet owners do not have a canine stretcher available, but it is easy to construct one with the right materials. For small dogs, you may be able to use a blanket and have two people pick the dog up holding the corners while the dog is on the blanket. For larger dogs, you may need more support.

Zip the large jacket or button the shirt.

Slide one broomstick into one of the arms of the jacket and through the jacket so the stick pokes out the bottom.

Slide the other broomstick into the other arm of the jacket and through the jacket so the stick pokes out the bottom.

Carefully position the makeshift stretcher so you can slip the dog onto it.

Carry the dog using two people holding the stretcher at each end.


  • You may have to muzzle an injured dog before attempting to transport him.


  • Do not move an animal without seeking veterinary advice first. Do not muzzle a dog with an obstructed airway or sucking chest wound. Limit the amount of movement the dog receives with spinal cord or other fractures.