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When Should I Take My Pet to the Vet?

As a pet owner, you want your dog or cat to be as happy and healthy as possible. In order to keep your pet in good health, it is important to take him to the veterinarian at least once a year for his wellness and preventive care examinations. When Should I Take My Pet to the Vet - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal Hospital

At these annual visits, the vet will make sure your pet is up to date on his vaccinations and will also look for any health problems that need to be treated before they could potentially develop into a more serious illness. There are also times when your dog or cat may not be feeling his best, but you’re unsure of whether or not he should go to the vet to be treated. Since 2011, 5 Points Animal Hospital has been providing comprehensive veterinary services, including preventive and wellness care, diagnostic lab work, vaccinations, surgeries, and dental care, for the pets of the East Nashville area. We would like to tell you some of the symptoms that require immediate veterinary attention to help you know when to take your pet to the vet.

BREATHING DIFFICULTIES

Whenever your pet has trouble breathing, you should immediately bring him or her to the veterinarian, according to Dogster. This symptom is a huge veterinary emergency because your pet could die after only three minutes without being able to breathe. You will know if you need to bring your pet to the vet if you hear him make strange noises when breathing or if you see his lips puff when he tries to breathe.

REPEATED VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA

Occasionally your pet may vomit once or have a single loose bowel movement that can be treated at home by resting his stomach for a few hours and giving him bland food for a couple of days. However, if your dog is repeatedly vomiting or having diarrhea, there is a high risk of dehydration, which can be life-threatening. Our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital will give your pet the fluids he needs to rehydrate, and we will also check to make sure there is no other issue, such as a gastrointestinal obstruction, that could be causing the problem.

REFUSAL TO EAT OR DRINK

When your pet refuses to eat or drink, it is a clear sign that something may be off. Although your dog or cat may skip a meal from time to time, you should bring him into 5 Points Animal Hospital if he goes for a day or longer without eating or drinking. Not only could there be a serious health problem, but your pet could also be dehydrated and need veterinary care.

SEVERE WEAKNESS

When your pet is too weak to get up and walk around, it could be a symptom of a major problem, including internal bleeding, anaphylactic shock, poisoning, Addison’s disease, or heart failure. Your pet could also be having trouble getting up because of severe pain from a spinal cord, hip, or leg injury. All of these medical issues require urgent attention from our veterinary staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital. We have the most advanced diagnostic tools to find out the exact problem so that we can begin treating the issue as quickly as possible.

5 Points Animal Hospital understands that your pet may have an unexpected health emergency when our office is closed, which is why we have partnered with two local pet emergency clinics that are available 24 hours a day. If you notice any of these symptoms occurring with your pet, contact us immediately to let us know you and your pet are on the way to our East Nashville office.

Signs Your Dog May Need to See a Vet

Signs Your Dog May Need to See a Vet Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal HospitalYour dog is a treasured member of your family, and you would never want him to be suffering from an illness or any other ailment. However, your dog cannot complain to tell you what is wrong, which is why it is important to know the signs that tell you your dog needs to go see the vet. 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to tell you about some of these warning signs so you will be aware of any symptoms that need medical attention.

Changes in eating routines

According to HealthLine, it can be normal for your dog to skip a meal or two, especially in the summer when it is hot outside. However, missing more than two meals is a sign of something wrong. You should also take your dog to the vet if he begins eating more than normally.

Changes in coat

If you notice any rough, bald, or dry patches on your dog’s fur, your dog could have a problem with his food, an allergy, or a skin disease. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to find out what the problem could be.

Changes in energy level

When your dog is sluggish and lethargic, it is a clear sign that something could be wrong. Although fatigue and sore muscles can be normal in hot weather, you should bring your dog in for an exam if these symptoms last for more than two days in a row.

Changes in stool

Your dog should have moist stools that are small and firm. Dry, hard stools are signs of dehydration, dietary problems, and other sicknesses. If your dog is straining, having diarrhea, or bloody stools for more than two days in a row, you need to contact us to schedule an exam as soon as possible.

Changes in eye appearance

If you notice cloudy or red eyes, excessive discharge from the eyes, or squinting, this could indicate an infection. Bring your dog into the vet to get medication to clear up any sort of infection before it worsens.

Be alert to these warning signs to keep your dog healthy and happy. Contact us st 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule an exam whenever you notice any of these signs.

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