Doggy Distress: Top Three Symptoms That You Should Call The Vet
by Lisa Failla
Some dog owners have a tendency to worry themselves over every little thing. Then there are those that don't seem to worry enough, letting real symptoms affect their dogs without a second thought. It can be difficult to tell the difference between what is worth worrying over and what things are normal occurrences. The well being of your dog may depend on you being able to discern between what issues are worth taking them to the vet and what you can solve at home. To help in your endeavors to figure out which is which, here are the top three symptoms and issues that should prompt you to seek veterinary assistance for your four-legged friend.
- Lack of Usual Energy or Vibrancy
If your pet normally has a great deal of energy and vibrancy and you find that they seem to be lacking it that is something to worry about. A few hours of down time throughout the day is a normal thing, but dogs that normally seem to be hyper and active and have slowly transformed into the type of dog that lays around all day and doesn't seem to have the desire to do much should be a cause of concern.
If it is something that happens sometimes, then you do not have much to fret about. However, if you are noticing that your dog has been acting strangely for days then you should definitely contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. There may be a variety of reasons for this strange behavior, from something missing in their diet to an illness that you weren't able to put your finger on. Something simple may be able to get rid of your pooch's newfound sluggish nature or your vet may be able to reassure you that everything is okay. Either way, get to the veterinarian as fast as you can.
- They May Have Gotten Into Something
So many pets lose their lives every year because their owner thinks that they 'may have gotten into something.' If you think your pet got into something that could cause them harm, don't waste time and call the veterinarian immediately. Many of the things that you have in your home for cleaning or otherwise could potentially have lethal properties when it comes to your pet. They may also be perfectly safe for him or her. It is advised that you don't take your chances and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Things in your garden, things in your bathroom or kitchen, or even things in your garage or the backseat of your car are all the type of thing that you should look out for. Don't waste time if you think your pet may have gotten into the wrong type of mischief and contact your veterinary professional as soon as possible.
- Contact With Unknown Animals
If your dog has come into contact with other animals that you know nothing about, veterinary attention is definitely the type of thing that you want to consider. Many dogs have a tendency to eat things that you don't even want to know about, including dead rats and squirrels, maybe even snakes or other animals in your yard or area. You never know what could have killed these animals, and what your dog may have acquired as a result of ingesting them.
In addition, getting into fights with other dogs and cats is a cause of concern as well. Wounds, infections, and infectious diseases are all things to worry about in this case. Take the necessary precautions and get your dog checked out as soon as possible.
Not everything is cause for concern, but some things do require the services of a veterinary professional. Prevention and treatment are both things that they provide for a service, but peace of mind is also provided absolutely free of charge. Do yourself a favor and don't waste time if you think that your pet may need to see the veterinarian.
About the Author: Lisa Failla is the Author for Pamper Me Puppy, an online dog clothing and apparel store featuring many styles in dog coats and accessories. Shopping online pet supplies can be found at Pamper Me Puppy
Note: This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website is intended as a source of information only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional care. Always consult with your Veterinarian about health related matters.