Unfortunately, many pet owners underestimate their pet’s health conditions and wait until they escalate before seeking veterinary intervention.
Fortunately, there are some key signs to look for that can help you to decide when to visit your veterinarian and when you can “wait it out”.
Today we want to look at a few of these instances, but before we do, we want to remind you that it’s always better to overreact to your pet’s health condition than to underreact!
When to Seek Immediate Help From Your Vet, Raleigh
If your pet shows any of the following signs, it is important to seek help from your vet or emergency vet immediately!
- Any time your pet shows trouble breathing
- Collapse or significant weakness
- Stomach distension
- Open wounds
- Suspected bone fractures or breaks or bones protruding from wounds
- Inability to stand
- Excessive vomiting
- Suspected poisoning
- Suspected obstruction
- Signs of pain (panting, tail tucking, inability to get comfortable, etc.)
- Signs of dehydration
- Signs of overheating
- Signs of hypothermia
- Signs of swelling due to an allergic reaction
Keep in mind that this is not an all-encompassing list, but touches on many of the important signs and signals that indicate a medical emergency for your pet.
When to Seek Help From Your Vet, Raleigh
If your pet shows any of the following signs, it is important to seek veterinary intervention as soon as possible. While these signs don’t generally indicate emergent situations, they may well develop into emergent situations if you fail to address them ASAP!
- Reluctance to eat / loss of appetite (If this continues for multiple days, your pet is already weak or ill, or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, go to the vet immediately or visit your emergency vet!)
- Ongoing diarrhea (bloody diarrhea demands immediate attention)
- Signs of parasites such as worms in feces
- Lumps or bumps
- Signs of ear infection
- Signs of non-life-threatening allergies
- Changes in demeanor / activity levels / energy
- Limping that lasts more than two days
- Vomiting (unless your pet has ingested poison, is unable to keep any food/water down, or has been vomiting for more than a day, then seek immediate care!)
- Signs of dental pain or decay
- Excessive urination or reluctance to urinate (complete failure to urinate may be an emergency!)
- Excessive hunger or thirst
- Weight loss or weight gain
Again, this is not a comprehensive list of conditions that require veterinary attention, but it covers some of the more common occurrences!
When to Wait Out Getting Help From Your Vet, Raleigh
If your pet shows any of the following symptoms, you can consider waiting it out before seeking help from your veterinarian. Keep in mind, however, that this is not always the case and if you suspect that your pet needs to see their vet, you should always do just that!
- A simple scratch
- Signs of illness like a light fever, decreased energy, etc. (UNLESS these compromise your pet’s ability to function or if they have been ongoing for longer than a day or two.)
- Slight limping (Generally you should wait a day or two to allow any bruises or sprains to improve. If, however, your pet is completely non-weight-bearing or shows signs of significant pain, visit your vet!)
- Reluctance to eat normal food, but unaffected appetite when it comes to other foods. (Some pets just go through picky eating phases, however, if your pet shows other signs of illness, it’s always best to visit your vet.)
As we said in the beginning, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to visiting your pet’s vet, Raleigh! Seeking vet attention when you don’t need it is far better than failing to seek vet attention when your pet really needs help! We never fault our pet owners for being overprotective or overly concerned, so if you are worried that your pet needs veterinary intervention, just drop us a line at (919)870-7000!