If you are a dog owner, maintaining good health for your dogs is a primary concern. Buying the proper food, routine exercises, and grooming are only some of the things to consider in taking care of your pets. Of course, let’s not forget the regular visits to the vet.
Before you take your dog to a vet, consult these basic guidelines taken from an article by Dr. Eric Barchas to assess the situation:
First, check your dog’s gums. The gums give a great deal of information about circulation, blood oxygenation, shock, and hemorrhage. The gums normally should be pink and moist; when pressed gently with a finger, the pressed-upon portion should flash white and then turn pink within a second or two. Pale, blue, grey, or red gums signal trouble. It is best to check your dog’s gums regularly when he is not in distress, so that you can know what they normally look like. If your dog seems not well and you discover a difference in gum coloration, then he should receive treatment.
Secondly, if you are unsure, call your local vet to help you decide whether you will need to come in for treatment. And third, keep in mind that minor injuries like broken nails, infections, and hot spots are not life-threatening but might need a veterinary’s attention, nonetheless.
But sometimes, situations that are out of one’s control will arise. Subtle emergencies like collapse, paralysis, and hemorrhagic diarrhea would need immediate attention from vets in Croydon and other places. Below are some of the most common dog emergencies that you would need to watch out for:
Many cases of dog poisoning in the U.S. are caused by substances that are commonly found in our homes. If your dog is showing signs of poisoning from ingesting any of the following particular substances like insecticides, prescription medication for people, chocolate, alcohol, grapes and raisin, avocado and macadamia nuts, seek immediate veterinary attention.
Labored breathing in dogs can be life threatening. This may be caused by certain diseases of the nose, the throat, the lungs, and the chest surrounding the lungs. Bring your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Paralysis of Rear Legs
This could indicate early signs of injury to the spinal column. Breeds with short legs like dachshunds, corgis, and basset hounds are prone to this condition.
Whatever the situation may be, if you think that your dog is suffering from illness and needs treatment, always turn to Croydon vets to address any health concerns of your pet.
(Source: 12 Dog Emergencies That Need Immediate Veterinary Attention, Dogster)