It’s Time To Take Your Dog To The Vet — Now!
We all know that if something bad happens to our pets, we have to get them to the vet. But these are typically emergency situations. Sometimes, however, you might just think your dog is acting a little off when he really needs special attention from his doctor. Here’s a look at some of the times you need to take your dog to the vet immediately.
If your dog has sustained some form of trauma such as a fall, gunshot wound, getting hit by a car or is involved in a dog fight then immediate veterinary attention is needed.
Even if your dog appears fine initially a check-up with your veterinarian is still necessary because sometimes injuries sustained from a traumatic event such as a ruptured lung, diaphragmatic hernia or internal bleeding will not manifest symptoms immediately.
Wounds such as lacerations and bite wounds may be deeper than they appear and complications such as infection can result from delaying veterinary attention.
Sometimes the traumatic event is not witnessed by the owner, if you find your dog limping, seemingly in pain or is just not acting right then it would be best to have her checked out.
Dog vomiting and dog diarrhea
Vomiting and diarrhea are common problems in dogs and while they can be signs of a serious dog health issues the majority of cases are simple gastric upset that typically resolves within 24 hours.
If your dog is otherwise acting fine then rest the stomach by withholding food for 4 to 6 hours and make sure your dog has access to plenty of water so they can stay hydrated.
If she develops additional clinical signs such as lethargy, weakness or seems to be in pain then immediate veterinary attention is indicated.
Also if vomiting or diarrhea persists more than 24 hours OR you notice blood in the vomitus or the diarrheas then go see your veterinarian immediately.
If your dog has a chronic medical problem such as diabetes and starts vomiting then it is not recommended to wait 24 hours and to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
– via www.cesarsway.com
A Few Signs You Should Take Your Dog To The Vet Immediately
Here we’ll take a look at a few more signs you should take your dog to the vet. A change in appetite and thirst can sometimes be overlooked, as well as a drop in weight, but they can often point to more dangerous health problems for your pooch. We’ll take a look how here.
Odd Eating Habits
It’s not out of the ordinary for your dog to skip a meal or two, especially if it’s hot out. But any more than this should be a red flag that something is off.
Two days without eating is a clear sign that your dog should be examined. Some diseases cause dogs to develop unusual eating habits.
So if your dog is usually well-behaved, but begins raiding the pantry and garbage, you should take him for a checkup.
Dogs naturally produce a lot of saliva, so they don’t need to drink like a fish. A dog who drinks too much water could be developing a kidney disease or diabetes.
You will be able to tell if your dog is drinking too much water if she has an excessive amount of urine, needs to go outside more often, or has accidents in the house.
Sudden Weight Loss
Even in an overweight dog, sudden loss of weight should prompt you to take him to the vet.
Losing weight quickly and unexpectedly could indicate a serious health condition.
A 10 percent change in weight is something to bring to your vet’s attention. In small dogs, this may be as little as a one pound weight loss.
– via www.healthline.com
Have you ever been worried about your dog’s behavior enough to take him in to be seen? Even if it turns out to be nothing, taking your dog to the vet when things get dicey is the smart choice — for his health and your peace of mind.