GET THE VET - YOUR GUIDE ON WHEN TO CALL
Sometimes it's difficult to judge when you need to take your pet to see the vet. Here are a few guidelines which may assist you in deciding what to do.
1. Call Immediately:
- Distension of abdomen (bloat), gastric distension or torsion of the stomach generally seen an hour or two after the main meal accompanied by obvious discomfort
- Vomiting, diarrhoea or urination with any amount of blood
- Bleeding that will not stop. Apply pressure to the wound and take the animal to the vet immediately.
- Inability to breathe or noisy respiration - may also be accompanied by gasping and bluish tongue and gums
- Staggering or loss of consciousness, any signs such as tremors, fits, coma, sudden blindness, biting at the air and sudden aggressive personality changes must be treated with the utmost seriousness
- Continuous scratching, biting or self mutilation
- Suspected poisoning
- Any prolonged pain or injury with total lameness or penetrating wound
- Straining continuously to use bowels to no avail or irregular motions
2. Call Same Day:
- Burns to any part of the body - if extensive get immediate attention
- Vomiting and diarrhoea with no blood or unusual contents
- Missing household items! If you suspect your puppy may have swallowed something irregular bring it in as soon as possible
- Difficulty breathing but no distress
- Injuries that may worsen overnight without treatment such as sudden swellings, lacerations or a strange odour that may indicate infection.
- Any unexplained lameness.
3. Safe To Wait Until Tomorrow:
- Vomiting and diarrhoea if mild with no discomfort. Ensure plenty of water is available
- Itching not continuous and not accompanied by bleeding
- Mild lameness
- Loss of appetite or missing one meal