When to Get Emergency Veterinary Care for Your Dog

Part of the Dogs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Seek urgent veterinary care if your dog displays any of the following symptoms. If your dog is ever injured or sick and you are not sure what to do, call your vet. Always better safe than sorry!

  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, or hives, most easily seen on the belly

  • Any eye injury, no matter how mild

  • Any respiratory problem: Chronic coughing, trouble breathing, or near drowning

  • Any signs of pain: Panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, restlessness, or loss of appetite

  • Any suspected poisoning, including ingestion of antifreeze, rodent or snail bait, or human medication

  • Any wound or laceration that’s open and bleeding, or any animal bite

  • Seizure, fainting, or collapse

  • Snake bite

  • Thermal stress, either too cold or too hot, even if the dog seems to have recovered

  • Trauma, such as being hit by a car, even if the dog seems fine

  • Vomiting or diarrhea, anything more than two or three times within an hour or so

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