When To Take Your Dog To The Vet: 9 Signals
If you are a dog owner you know that a puppy or younger dog should have an annual visit to the vet. Dogs over 8 years old may need to have two visits per year, depending on their level of activity and overall health.
But in between these wellness visits there are times that should alert you to consider calling your vet.
- Weight loss or Gain: In either case, this could be an issue, though weight loss is more commonly a sign of disease or illness.
- Drop in Activity: It’s important to find out the cause of a significant drop in activity. Often this is a signal that there is pain or low-energy involved.
- Unusual Odor: If you notice a bad smell, check your dog’s ears, skin, anal glands, mouth and teeth. It is important to make sure that infection is not the cause.
- Scratching, Licking or Chewing: This can be a sign of fleas, ticks or some sort of allergy.
- Vomiting or Diarrhea: If your dog throws up once in a while, this is normal. But, if your dog is throwing up regularly or has diarrhea your vet should take a look to determine the cause.
- Coughing or Sneezing: An ongoing cough or sneezing may signal respiratory infection, kennel cough, or pneumonia. Your vet can help to alleviate these issues!
- Bleeding: If your pet is bleeding anywhere (other than a female dog in heat) you should see your vet immediately to determine the cause and undergo treatment.
- Limping or any signs of discomfort: If you have an active dog it may be difficult to know what the cause of this may be, so it is always wise to have your vet examine your dog.
- Swelling, Lumps or any Kind of Growth: A lump anywhere or your dog’s body should be checked out. Many are benign and harmless, but it is best to have it checked.
Our trained veterinarians are here to help you keep your pets healthy and happy. Call us for an appointment any time your pet needs care!