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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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