When it comes to your animal's health, you probably want best for your pet. Having said that, sometimes it's difficult to tell if your animal is sick, let alone if it requires an emergency visit to the vet clinic. This brief article will serve to help you realize when it's time to take your loving animal to the vet. Including are 6 emergencies that, without a doubt, will call for you to rush your animal to the vet's.
This is perhaps the most notable and noticeable problem that requires your immediate attention. If you notice your pet gasping for air, making strange motions with his or her lips, or simply making funny noises when he or she breathes, you should take your pet to the vet's office as soon as possible. Within three minutes of a lack of air, your beloved pet could lose his or her life. This requires immediate rushed aid.
This is mainly a common problem among dogs. If you find that your dog is becoming increasingly restless and cannot stop panting, or simply is walking back and forth and perhaps frantically pacing, then your dog could be falling victim to a problem that is colloquially referred to as "bloat". This is a gastric problem that could serve to be life threatening to your dog, as it can cause the gastric area to expand with air and potentially burst.
Seizures are rarely a sign of a life-threatening problem in your pet. This is not to say that you should take a seizure lightly. Seizures definitely warrant a visit to the vet's office because of the potential that this could be a life-threatening problem in your beloved pet. A cluster of seizures, especially if they happen in rapid succession, could be indicative of much greater problems, such as the presence of life threatening toxins in your pet's body.
Have you found that your pet has a bit of trouble standing? That perhaps he or she becomes easily weak in the knees or that it is prone to long stretches of rest and difficulty recovering from resting? This sort of profound weakness can be indicative of one of a number of very serious issues. Internal poisoning such as anaphylactic shock and hemorrhaging are two of the deeply serious issues that are often associated with this kind of deep weakness.
Extended Vomiting and Diarrhea
If your pet has simply vomited once or has loose bowels every now and again, don't fret. Usually after about an hour up to a day's worth of rest can put your pet back into peak condition. However, protracted vomiting and loose bowels can be indicative of some more serious issues and warrants an immediate trip to the vet's office. These problems can range from what can be considered an animal based strain of influenza to food poisoning.
Not Eating Or Drinking
Is your animal usually a total chow hound? Do you have to sometimes take food away from your pet because he or she simply loves to eat? Then you should be definitely worried if he or she is refusing a meal. Although this often times does not require immediate attention – if your animal skips a meal, then this is not immediate cause for alarm – it can be an issue if it continues upwards of a day. A lack of eating can mean anything from a small stomach sickness or could be indicative of a stomach parasite.
Hopefully, this brief article has given you a bit of insight on what you should do if your loving pet is acting a bit strange and might warrant a visit to the vet's office.