Just like people, your pets can come down with various illnesses or develop minor injuries. Many issues may be alleviated on their own or with home care. However, others may potentially be serious and may require a trip to the vet or even a veterinary hospital in very serious cases. Without verbal communication from your pet, you must rely on your own observations as you determine the best steps to take. These are some of the signs that may indicate the need for immediate medical attention from a vet.
Excessive or Recurring Vomiting or Diarrhea
All dogs will have an occasional bout of diarrhea or vomiting. However, these episodes should not be severe or should not continue for more than a few days. A serious risk when dealing with vomiting or diarrhea is dehydration, which could have fatal consequences in some cases. If your dog has severe diarrhea or vomiting, if it lingers for a while or if your dog appears to be lethargic or visibly ill, make a trip to the vet as soon as possible.
Dogs often pant when they are hot or excited. However, panting at unusual times, such as when they have simply been laying around in a cool room for a while is not normal. In addition to panting, you may notice that your dog’s breathing is labored or otherwise unusual. Difficult breathing can be a sign of an allergic reaction, congestive heart failure, and other serious issues. You know what your dog’s normal breathing is like, so trust your instincts and seek medical attention when you grow concerned.
Numerous health conditions can create a wide range of unusual symptoms or behaviors. For example, if your dog suddenly seems lethargic, stops eating, whimpers for seemingly no identifiable reason, bites or gnaws repeatedly in a specific area and more, something is likely wrong with your dog. You may be able to visually identify the problem, but there are many health conditions that may only be identified and treated by a vet.
Some serious symptoms and situations require immediate medical attention. Others may require you to take a cautious approach and be watchful of your dog’s behavior. When in doubt, it makes sense to call your vet or to take your dog in for a quick check-up. When it comes to the health of your furry friend, it is always better to err on the side of caution than to take an unnecessary risk.