As you know, dogs need routine veterinary care for vaccinations, parasite control, dental care and grooming. But of course, dogs can sometimes encounter health issues outside of their regular checkups, which may even necessitate an immediate veterinary visit.
Many emergencies can be prevented by keeping your dog safe and removing all toxic substances out of reach. Sometimes though, there are situations you can’t control, and you will need to take your dog to an emergency veterinary clinic right away.
Several health problems like mild vomiting, diarrhea or lack of appetite can usually wait for the amount of time it would take to get an appointment at your veterinarian. But when is it necessary to bring your dog to an emergency clinic?
Signs to Visit an Emergency Vet
You know your dog best, so you’ll realize when they’re acting out of the ordinary. Plus, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Pay attention, and if you notice any of these signs, take a trip to the emergency clinic:
- Difficulty breathing, blue gums
- Distended or bloated stomach
- Restlessness and panting
- Persistent cough and trouble sleeping
- Paralysis of back legs
- Straining to urinate, or unable to urinate
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Any type of trauma, even if your dog appears unharmed
- Lethargy or collapse
- Not eating or drinking
- Serious pain
Emergencies of any sort that involve your dog necessitate a visit to the emergency veterinary clinic. Emergencies include accidents, burns, stings, bites from other dogs, animals and poisonous bugs. If your pet ingests a poisonous substance, plant or toxic toad, these also necessitate a visit to an emergency veterinary clinic.
Emergencies happen out of the blue, but you can take precautions in advance:
- Maintain a first aid kit on hand
- Have good pet insurance and money aside for emergencies
- Keep your dog’s medical history and veterinarian’s contact information where you can find it. Also, keep the Pet Poison Control telephone number on file: (855) 289-0358
- Know where the closest 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic is
If you do need to visit an emergency veterinary clinic, it’s a good idea to call ahead, because it gives staff enough time to prepare for your arrival.