When Should I Call The Vet For My Dog?

By Tom •  Updated: 07/11/22 •  3 min read
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When Should I Call The Vet For My Dog?

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What happens if your dog seems a little bit off? Or he’s showing some symptoms that are unusual or new? You may wonder whether it’s time to call the vet or not. It’s OK not to be sure. Sometimes our fur babies can throw us for a loop!

But how do you know when it’s time to call the vet for your dog? Well, we’ve put together some information about when you should call the vet for your canine companion. Let’s get started!

Symptoms That Indicate It’s Time to Call the Vet

Just like us, dogs can have a wide range of symptoms depending on what’s making them ill. Here’s our list of symptoms that let you know it’s time to call the vet.

1. Your Dog is Not Eating

If your dog stops eating, this is not normal and could be a sign that he’s not feeling well. However, it could also be an indication your fur baby is anxious or stressed. Even so, if he goes more than a day without eating, it’s time to take him to the vet.

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And if your dog is eating more than normal, this could also be a symptom that needs to be checked by the vet.

2. Vomiting or Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are common in dogs. However, if your dog is vomiting or having diarrhea (or both) repeatedly and this lasts longer than 12 hours, it’s time to call the vet. Your fur baby could run the risk of becoming dehydrated from vomiting and diarrhea.

And if the vomit or blood contains blood, call the vet right away.

3. Breathing Issues

If your canine companion is having trouble breathing, this should be considered an emergency. Your dog may be coughing quite a bit, making strange sounds when breathing, puffing his lips out when breathing, and more.

4. Drinking More Water Than Normal

If your dog is drinking more than normal, this could be a sign he’s thirsty because it’s hot or he’s been exercising. However, if this goes on for longer than a day, drinking more than normal could indicate your fur baby has diabetes, kidney disease, or another serious condition. So, call the vet right away.

5. Other Concerning Symptoms

Here are some other concerning symptoms that mean you should call the vet:

And if you’re not sure about whether or not to call the vet, go ahead and call them. The vet has the knowledge and experience to know when it’s time to bring your dog in or not. Your dog’s health and wellbeing are important, so call the vet right away if you’re worried.

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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