Should I Take My Pet to the Vet?
Companion Animal Health
“Should I take my dog or cat to the vet for this?” It’s a dilemma we all deal with from time to time. Dr. Aaron Goodpaster, of the Animal Clinic in Lawrenceburg, Ky., cares for many of Holly’s animals. He suggests a trip to the vet is in order when any of the following situations occur:
· a persistent temperature of over 103
· signs of shock (including prostration, white gums, and shallow breathing)
· limping for more than 3 days
· coughing for more than 2 days
· no appetite and moderate to severe diarrhea for 2 days
· any obvious moderate to severe injury
· cats producing no urine in a one-day period
· any suspicion of poisoning
· any sign of heatstroke (Cool the animal as quickly as possible first.)
· Remember: do not allow your dog to exercise after eating a large meal. This can lead to bloat, a life-threatening medical emergency.
When in doubt, always call your veterinarian—better safe than sorry.