Is your dog in need of medical care?

Is your dog in need of medical care? 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, in other cases you must get in touch with your vet ASAP. Here we give some advice on what to do if your dog shows some sign of behaviour or physical symptoms that are difficult to the norm.

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

2. Breathing difficulties
If your dog is choking, gasping for breath, or wheezing immediate action is needed.  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.

3. Urinary problems
Dogs urinate frequently, however if you notice that your dog isn’t going as frequently there may be a blockage.  A blocked urinary passage can be serious 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 eg infection,cystitis etc

4. Physical injury
Whilst a fall or a knock may seem to leave your dog with no obvious external injury, it is important to have them checked out by the vet as soon as possible.  This is especially he case if they have been hit by a vehicle, or even 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 occurring, it is important to take your dog to be examined.

5. Unusual symptoms
If your dog display behaviours that are unusual then 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.  Always 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 mind, and if something is wrong then treatment can start promptly.