Should I Take My Pet to the Vet?

Good Advice:
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.