Healthy dogs will typically have a resilient immune system. Thus, you may only need to pay a visit to the vet for routine shots and general checkups. However, this does not mean that your pet is not at risk of developing serious health problems. It is prudent to know how to spot the symptoms of any underlying health issues as they could quickly escalate and risk the life of your pet. There are a couple of reasons that should have you rushing your dog to the vet.
Protracted vomiting or diarrhoea
Vomiting or diarrhoea on occasion is something your dog will experience. Typically, these will stem from minor stomach upsets, especially if they nibbled on something that they were not supposed to. If the problem is minor, the vomiting and diarrhoea should clear away within a day. If you find your pet is still suffering from these ailments after a day has passed, chances are it could be a viral or bacterial infection and should be attended to by a vet as soon as possible.
The symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting may also be accompanied by a general sense of lethargy as your pet will be developing dehydration. Note that if your dog already has a pre-existing condition such as diabetes, any vomiting should be addressed as soon as possible by a vet rather than waiting for it to clear on its own. Take your dog to a vet clinic immediately.
When some people think of trauma, they tend to think of large accidents such as their pet being run over by a car. However, trauma can be in other forms such as your dog falling from a high ledge, your dog acquiring a bite from another animal and more. Usually, if the dog is back not their feet as normal, some pet owners may neglect to take them to the vet, as they believe it will be ok.
The truth is that some internal injuries may take a while to manifest and by the time you are aware of a problem, your dog may have suffered through internal bleeding or severe damage to their organs. It is always best to be on the safe side and seek medical attention for your pet if they have been exposed to any trauma. If nothing serious is detected, at least they can get a painkiller to ease any discomfort they may be experiencing.