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Dog Pet Health: When Is It Time to Call the Vet?

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By    |   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 03:35 PM

It can be challenging to determine when your dog’s health has taken a turn for the worse and when you should immediately take him to the vet.

Pet owners with the best of intentions sometimes feel guilty for missing signs that their animal was in pain or had an illness that needed immediate attention.

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Here are seven tips to identifying symptoms that mean you should head for the vet’s office:

1. The most obvious case for immediate vet care is after some type of trauma — a traffic accident or a fall, for instance. Even though your dog may seem OK afterwards, it’s best to have him checked by a vet. Injuries like ruptured lungs or internal bleeding may not show up right away.

2. Breathing problems also necessitate an immediate vet visit. Difficulty breathing, called dyspnea, can sound like choking, wheezing, or gasping breaths. Several conditions may cause this symptom, including choking. “Breathing problems almost always indicate major dog health problems so do not wait to take immediate action,” dog trainer Cesar Millan’s website says.

3. Dogs that are drinking a lot of water may be suffering from some type of kidney problem. “You will be able to tell if your dog is drinking too much water if she has an excessive amount of urine, needs to go outside more often, or has accidents in the house," says Healthline.

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4. While it’s OK for a dog to vomit occasionally (and they do so more often than people), Healthline said frequent vomiting or blood in the vomit requires a vet call.

5. Unexpected weight loss resulting in a decrease in your dog’s weight of around 10 percent — keeping in mind that in small dogs that can be 1 pound — are a good reason to see a vet, Healthline said. It may be an indication of an underlying problem.

6. Bloat, a condition that involves gas and fluid trapped in your dog’s stomach, is an immediate and life-threatening condition. Signs to watch for include anxiety, attempting to vomit with little results, and a distended abdomen.

7. Pet MD also warned pet owners to watch for general signs of problems, including lethargy, crying out in pain, inability to move, and constant coughing.

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