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5 signs your dog needs some help

Although we love our pets, we don’t always understand them, and if they exhibit different behaviours, we may be worried they’re getting sick. Whilst sometimes it is worth waiting to see if the symptoms calm themselves or phoning vetfone for advice, in other cases, you must get in touch with your vet ASAP. Here we advise on what to do if your dog shows signs of behaviour or physical symptoms that are difficult from the norm.

Diarrhoea and vomiting

Whilst this can be quite common in dogs, the length of time it has been occurring and the severity can cause concern. If they have a simple gastric bug, this should pass within 24 hours. Avoid giving your dog food for roughly six hours, but ensure they can access plenty of water and remain hydrated. Contact your vet immediately if your pet becomes lethargic, weak, isn’t drinking, or seems to be in pain. Also, keep an eye out for blood, as this can signify that your dog needs immediate treatment.

 Breathing difficulties

Action is needed if your dog is choking, gasping for breath, or immediately wheezing. This could be a sign of an allergic reaction, heart problem, or even having an object lodged in their throat. Do not try to remove this object yourself if one is present, as you may wedge it in further and block the airway. Contact your vet for assistance.

Urinary problems

However, dogs frequently urinate. If you notice that your dog isn’t going as frequently, there may be a blockage. A blocked urinary passage can be severe, so don’t wait to take action. Also, look out for any blood whilst they are urinating. If you see any, this could be a sign of urinary stones or an infection, which can escalate quickly into a blockage without treatment,

Excessive / straining peeing can also be a sign of a problem, e.g. infection, cystitis etc.

Physical injury

Whilst a fall or a knock may seem to leave your dog with no apparent external injury. It is important to have them checked out by the vet as soon as possible. This is especially the case if they have been hit by a vehicle or in a fight with another dog. Wounds may appear superficial but could be deeper than an untrained eye can see, and although you may not have witnessed any trauma, it is important to take your dog to be examined.

Unusual symptoms

If your dog displays unusual behaviours, it is often best to have your pet checked over, as they cannot communicate what is wrong. For example, if they lack coordination and are disorientated or lethargic, it could be a sign or a neurological problem that only your vet can diagnose. Remember that if your pet is acting out of the norm and you notice changes in their behaviour over 24 hours, a quick visit may give you peace of mind, and if something is wrong, treatment can start promptly.

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