We always want our pets to be healthy and happy but we also know that cannot always be the case. However, sometimes it can be difficult to determine when the right time is to call your vet. You do not want to call if it is something small and waste their time but you also do not want to refrain from calling and put your pet in further danger. Knowing when is the best time to call your vet can help you relax a bit more. You do not need to bring them in for every scrape and scratch but there are a few things you need to look out for.
Symptoms To Look For In Your Pet
There are three categories of symptoms that you should always look out for because they can give you a sign that something is wrong before it is too late. The three categories are medical, physical, and behavioral.
Medical symptoms you should look for include any sudden change in weight, vomiting, diarrhea, change in water intake, change in the look of their urine, or constant coughing or sneezing. The behavioral signs you should look out for are a change in their behavior, routine, energy level, willingness or ability to exercise, confusion, abnormal behaviors or fears, or even abnormal vocalization. The physical symptoms you should look for include a change in their coat or skin, a bad odor coming from the body, bad breath, panting when not in warmer temperatures or after exercise, change in color of the gums, trouble moving around or limping, the appearance of pain, acting aggressive when touched, or any potential eye injuries. Any of these symptoms can mean there is a bigger issue that needs to be addressed so if you notice any of these, you should call your vet.
When To Go To The Pet Hospital
If you have realized that your pet has eaten something that they should not be eating, then you should always call your local emergency animal hospital. If your vet's office is not open, do not wait until they are to get help for your pet in this situation. Some of the things your pet should never eat include toxic items such as rat poison, antifreeze, prescription medications, over the counter medications, fermented compost, sugarless gum, and more. Even if you are not sure, you should always get help immediately. It is better to get help in every case even if nothing was ingested. You do not want to suspect something then put it off only to find out later that they did eat the substance. Also, if your pet is showing some extreme symptoms, then you should also consider going straight to the animal hospital.
As you can see, there are times when it is good to call your vet, times to go straight to the emergency animal hospital, and times when you should simply wait a little bit to see what is going on. While some situations are emergencies, others can wait until your vet's office opens again. Use your judgment but if you are ever unsure, it is best to air on the side of caution.