One of the most common questions a veterinary clinic receives is, “Should I bring him in?” Our furry family members can’t tell us what hurts or how they feel, so it can be difficult for a concerned pet parent to know the answer to that question. Here are some common situations in which our pets may appear fine, but seeking treatment should not be delayed.
Just like in children, vomiting and diarrhea aren’t uncommon. However, they can also be a sign of serious illness and can quickly lead to dehydration, so should not go untreated. Especially the pet is vomiting/defecating blood, straining, not eating or drinking, seems to be in pain, is lethargic, restless, has another medical condition, or any combination of those symptoms, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
When a pet has a fall, gets attacked, goes missing, or is involved in a traffic accident (either inside or outside the car), they may appear fine externally despite sustaining internal injuries. Don’t delay in calling your vet for a thorough exam to assess any damage hidden beneath the surface.
If your pet is straining to urinate or is urinating inappropriately, they may act normally otherwise, but it could be a sign of a life-threatening blockage (more common in males than females).
Poison or Foreign Bodies
Some common dangerous items include household pain relief medications, poisonous flowers, rat poison, chocolate, macadamia nuts, corn cobs, carpet, bones, socks, and feminine hygiene products. Always call your vet as soon as your pet ingests any item it shouldn’t.
While not typically life-threatening, when left untreated, eye problems or injuries can quickly increase in severity and can result in loss of the eye or blindness.
As with most ailments, early diagnosis is key to receiving the most effective treatment. Keep in mind that most pets will hide signs of discomfort for as long as possible, so do not wait for them to cry out or limp before seeking help. There are many other situations that may warrant immediate veterinary attention, but if you’re ever unsure or have questions about your pet’s health, your vet is always the best source of information.
Dr. I. Wonder is here to answer your questions regarding your furry family members. If you have a question, email it to us at danielle@NeighbourhoodPetClinic.com. Our team at Neighbourhood Pet Clinic will tap into their collective experience to answer your various questions.