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.