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How Do I Know When to Call My Veterinarian?

Sick Pet

Call your veterinarian if your pet is displaying any of the following symptoms:

The ABC’s of when to call the Veterinarian:

APPETITE CHANGE – Loss of appetite, refusing to eat, or eating more or less than usual.
BLEEDING – Bleeding from body part or blood in the urine or stool.
CONVULSIONS – Shaking of the body or head, staring spells, twitching of body parts.
DIARRHEA – Diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours, repeated episodes of loose stool over a period of hours, or persistent loose stools for more than 24 hours.
EYE PROBLEMS – Redness, discharge, squinting.
FLEAS – Scratching, itching, visible fleas (fleas can cause tapeworm infection and/or dermatologic problems)
GLANDS – Anal glands (on each side of the anus) swollen, or if your pet is scooting its rear on the carpet.
HOT SPOTS – Areas where your pet continues to lick, hair loss is evident, and the pet will not leave the area alone.
ITCHING – Excessive scratching and itching.
JAUNDICE – Yellowing of the whites of the eyes, skin inside the ears, or of the gums.
KENNEL COUGH – Excessive coughing or upper respiratory symptoms that may sometimes start after a kennel stay, grooming appointment or other unknown dog exposure.
ETHARGY - No energy, does not want to play, cannot tolerate exercise.
LUMPS/BUMPS – Any new lumps or bumps. These should be examined and monitored for growth; if concerning, samples will be sent to the lab for investigation.
MAMMARY ABNORMALITIES – Lumps, bumps or discharge of the mammary glands.
NEUROPATHY – Stumbling or an awkward or unsteady gait.
ORAL LESIONS – Wounds or lesions in the mouth, or foul/bad breath.
PAIN – Limping, crying, yelping when touched or picked up; heavy breathing or panting can also be signs of pain.
QUIET – Lethargic, exercise intolerance, no energy, not acting normally.
REDNESS – Redness of the skin or any particular body part.
SNEEZING/COUGHING – Persistent sneezing or coughing or difficulty breathing.
THIRST – Increased thirst or drinking of water, unquenchable thirst.
URINATING INAPPROPRIATELY – Increased frequency of urinating, urinating in the wrong places, inability to urinate, or acting painful when urinating.
VOMITING – Any repeated vomiting, very frequent over one day, or intermittently over a period of a few days.
WEIGHT LOSS – Rapid or noticeable weight loss over a short period of time.
X-RAY – Any blunt force trauma should be followed up with x-rays.
YEASTY SMELL – Ears or skin with a yeasty or pungent odor, tilting of the head or excessive shaking of the head.
ZOONOSES – Spotting worms in stool or vomit, diarrhea, or small worms near the anus that look like grains of rice.