Nobody knows your pet like you do. So if you suspect something is off or you notice your pet is not acting right please seek veterinary care immediately.
There are some tell-tale signs of an emergency, in which case you shouldn’t hesitate to seek veterinary care immediately. Keep in mind this list is not exhaustive!
Dog Trauma: If your dog has experienced some sort of trauma, was hit by a car, had a big fall, or was attacked by another dog, immediate veterinary attention is needed. Even if your dog seems fine initially, there may be some internal injuries, like a ruptured lung, that would not show symptoms right away.
Vomiting or Diarrhea: Although these are common problems in dogs, they may also be signs of serious health issues. If your dog seems lethargic or weak, if you notice blood in his vomit or diarrhea, or if it persists for more than 24 hours see your veterinarian immediately.
Difficulty Breathing: Any indication that your dog is having a hard time taking normal breaths, or breathing more shallow or more rapidly than normal, could be a sign of a problem.
Significant Behavior Changes: If your normally docile and calm dog is suddenly aggressive or lethargic, it could be an indication that something is going on and needs to be seen right away.
Fever: Just as in humans, fevers can be dangerous in dogs. If your dog has a temperature of 103 F or higher it may warrant a trip to emergency.
Seizures or Convulsions: If your dog has never experienced either of these, go to your veterinarian immediately. If your dog has epilepsy or is prone to seizures and a crisis arises you can bring your pet to us.
Abdominal Pain: If you notice your dog is in abdominal pain or his abdomen is distended, a serious medical problem may be the cause. Abdominal distention may be accompanied by dry heaving, weakness, or difficulty breathing.
Trouble Urinating or Defecating: If your dog has problems going to the bathroom, or if you notice blood in his urine or stool, it may be an indication of something serious going on.
By keeping an eye out for these signs, you can help save your pet’s life. Remember that you know your pet better than anyone. Trust your instincts and if you sense something is wrong, get it checked out!