a dog at a vetMost people see their pets more than just animals; pets are family. As such, they need tender love and care too. Knowing what to look for and what to do in case something happens to your dog will make a great impact. Here are five common emergencies that warrant an immediate visit to the nearest Silverlake veterinary clinic.

Breathing difficulty

It only takes a few minutes without breathing for a dog’s life to end. If you notice labored breathing or puffing on the lips while breathing, see your veterinarian as the airways could be obstructed.

Vomiting and diarrhea

You can efficiently handle mild diarrhea and vomiting at home. However, when either of them has significant bloodstains and is protracted, it could be a sign of obstruction in the digestive system, which is life threatening. Progressive diarrhea and vomiting could cause dehydration in dogs too.

Profound trauma

When a dog falls from a high place, gets involved in altercations with other dogs or is struck heavily in an accident, they are likely to suffer hemorrhage. Since internal injuries are not obvious, see your vet to ascertain the dog is okay.

Signs of weakness and distress

When a dog is experiencing pain or some other form of discomfort, they will vocalize, limp or pant. Difficulty urinating could indicate painful bladder infections or obstructed urinary tract due to bladder stones. Other signs of agony that need medical attention include restlessness, abdominal distention, dry heaving and inability to lie down.

Exposure to poisonous substances

Exposure to chemicals and foods that are poisonous to dogs requires immediate medical attention, as it can lead to seizures. Some common ones found in households include human medication, rodent baits chocolate, raisins, and grapes.

Some of the symptoms above may appear harmless when subtle. However, it is always essential to pay attention to details so you can notice the unusual. Always call your veterinarian when unsure to avert problems before they worsen.