Last week we listed some signs to watch for that indicate your cat needs a visit to the vet. This week we will talk about your dog.
If you see:
Lumps or bumps
Abnormal gait or posture, slow to get up after resting
Leaking urine when sleeping
Losing hair, itching or scratching, rashes or constant licking of an area
Scooting his bum around on the floor
Troubling behavior like growling at the kids or the cat or the other dogs
…then you could use a visit to the vet to discuss these issues and get started resolving them. These can usually be seen on a regular appointment schedule.
And when you see:
Constant coughing and inability to rest through the night
A distended “bloated” abdomen
Change in behavior – exhibiting fear, restlessness, anxiety, or simply not willing to do much (lethargic), acting clingy or hiding
Pale gums, or red spots on the gums, or yellowish gums and skin
Crying as if in pain
Inability to move or walk, or dragging back legs
Bleeding in large amounts, or small amounts that wont stop
Trauma ie; being hit by a car, kicked by a horse, etc.
Any time you suspect your dog ingested a poison or toxin
Vomiting more than two or three times
Abnormal vaginal discharge
Squinting, bulging or painful eyes
Straining to urinate, trying to urinate with no results, or going outside to potty lots more times than usual
Tremors or seizures
Anything that makes you worried!
…then you need to make an appointment right away, explaining these signs to the receptionist so that she knows to get you in ASAP. Remember, the Stock Doc is on call all the time to help you deal with these situations even if they occur outside of normal business hours.
Also, if it has been over a year since your dog was in to see us for a preventative exam, then you need to call for an appointment to let us look him over from tip to tail. We often find ways to make your pet more comfortable, and help him live a longer, healthier life. At these routine exams we will get a nice picture of your pet in our system, and send you a passport card with his history for convenience when you need proof of vaccinations.
If you aren’t sure when it is time to come in, just call us and we will be happy to help you decide when to let us help your dog!
Next week we will start a series of discussions on how your pet’s nutrition can determine how long and how comfortably your pet can live.