Emergency Situations As A Dog Owner

Your dog is not just a pet, it is another member of your family and as such it gets the best healthcare possible. As a responsible dog owner, you ensure that the dog gets its regular shots, and has a proper diet. Most dog owners love and respect their dogs for the wonderful animals that they are. However, many owners do not know when an emergency healthcare situation appears. There are signs that you need to watch for that are signs of a medical emergency. Here are a few symptoms to watch for, and if you spot any take your dog to the emergency animal hospital:


One of the most dangerous problems that a dog can go through is called bloat. This is when a dog has a kink or any other type of blockage in the intestines. This can occur for no reason at all, or it can be when a dog swallows a small rock or toy. If not taken care of quickly it can result in the death of the dog. One of the most common symptoms you will notice is restlessness. Your dog may lay down and jump right back up, and not be able to get comfortable. You may also notice that your dog tries to vomit, but is unable to do so. If there is ever any blood in vomit or stool this can also signify bloat. Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.


You know your dog's eating habits. Some dogs can't wait to get their meals in for the day, while others can skip a meal here and there. However, if you notice a change in your dog's diet, it is time to take him or her to the veterinarian. A dog that does not eat can have a plethora of problems. If your dog is female she may have pyometra which is an infection in the uterus that can be life threatening. A dog that's not eating can also mean kidney or liver problems. A dog that is not drinking first and foremost is in danger of becoming dehydrated, but other problems could be the cause. If you notice any change in your dog's eating habits, do not hesitate to take him or her in.


Dogs are very tough animals and it seems like they can endure almost anything, but if your dog experiences trauma, you want to err on the side of caution. Whether your dog falls off a small ledge, gets into a dog fight, is hit by a bicycle, or any other form of trauma, your dog could be suffering from internal bleeding and may not know it. 

Contact a company like Kenmore Veterinary Hospital for more information and assistance.