When Should I Call The Vet For My Dog?

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Dog owners should call the vet when your dog shows the following symptoms: bleeding, chocking, collapse, continual straining and more, pets owners should call immediately & arrange transport to the surgery

Bleeding

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All severe bleeding from a major limb or neck artery or vein is an extreme emergency. Apply pressure to the site, as any way of reducing this sudden loss of blood may help to save the dog’s life.

Hemorrhagic gastro-enteritis with visible blood in vomit and faeces is another emergency situation. You can help your dog personally with a bleeding injuries

Bloat

Sudden distension of the left side of the abdomen, accompanied by attempts to vomit and then difficulty in breathing are signs that you need to call the vet for attention.

Choking

Look for the tongue turning blue or purplish in any presumed choking situation. The dog will be distressed, extending its neck, pawing at its mouth and have noisy breathing, urgently call your vet for help.

Collapse

The dog may show signs of collapse for many reasons, not all of which are extreme urgencies. Again, look for any abnormal tongue colour: purplish or white. The character of the breathing is important to notice, The legs may be stiff, paddling frantically or limp.

 

Continual Straining

Attempting to pass urine or to defecate (pass a motion) with little or no result. See also the contraceptive measures in owning a bitch.

Convulsions or ‘fits’

Unless there are signs of poisoning or the dog appears to be choking, it is often better to wait for a fit to pass off before stimulating a dog by bringing it to the veterinary surgery  Fits due to poisons need urgent veterinary attention. Dogs with suspected Rabies should not be handled at all.

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