Dealing with Pet Emergencies: Knowing When to Seek Veterinary Care

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As pet parents, we always want the best for our animals, but it’s not always easy to give them what we need if we don’t know what to look out for. Pet emergencies can be stressful and hard to handle. Even trying to understand when to seek veterinary care is a big deal. To help you out, here are a few things to consider when dealing with a pet emergency:

 

When they are constantly itching...

Something to keep an eye on as a pet parent is when your animal seems to be scratching a lot. This could be a telltale sign that they’ve got allergies that could need some veterinary attention. While not necessarily a vet emergency as in their life is being threatened, if allergies are left unchecked, it could become a problem. This is especially true if your dog has allergies or mites in their ears. You’ll want to talk to your vet about treatment for dog ear issues right away.

 

When they seem overwhelmed with anxiety...

Something else to think about is when your pet deals with a lot of anxiety. Although it’s not always cause for alarm, if your pet has a hard time with walks, being in new places, or simply staying calm throughout the day, it doesn’t hurt to talk to your vet about anxiety medication for pets. Although pet parents want to avoid anxiety medications, sometimes they can restore the pet’s peace of mind and quality of life, so consider them when your pet seems to be constantly anxious.

 

When they stop eating...

Something that should be taken seriously is when your pet stops eating. This is especially true for animals, who tend to love food and never turn it down. When your pet stops eating, talk to your vet about what you should do. They may suggest waiting a bit, or they may ask you to come in right away if your pet is showing other symptoms along with the lack of appetite. Sometimes they may just have a stomach upset. At other times, it could be something that requires medical attention.

 

When they aren’t as energetic as they typically are...

Along the same lines, a lack of appetite is when your pet doesn’t want to do their typical activities. If your dog typically loves playing fetch but shows lethargy or a lack of interest, this could be concerning. While you don’t want to seek veterinary care the first time this happens, if it continues to happen throughout a couple of days, reach out to your vet.

Lethargy is a symptom that shouldn’t be ignored, especially if a lack of appetite accompanies it. The same is to be said about issues regarding a lack of mobility. If they seem to walk wobbly or are not able to walk at all, go to your vet right away.


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Severe stomach upset

Dogs and cats tend to eat things they shouldn’t, and some stomach upset is typically not something to be too worried about. However, if they seem to have excessive diarrhea or vomiting, you may want to take them to the vet. Not only can it be a sign of something serious, but they could also get quite dehydrated from a severe stomach upset if they don’t get some IV hydration.

A throw-up session on the rug that isn’t accompanied by lethargy or loss of appetite shouldn’t concern you too much. But frequent diarrhea or vomiting should take you to the vet.

 

In Conclusion

Learning about signs and symptoms to pay attention to with your pet can help you save money when they’re not feeling well, but it’s not an emergency. It can also save their lives. Being a pet parent sometimes means going to the vet when you’re unsure, and it also means paying close attention to your animal’s behaviors so you can prevent any serious issues.  

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