Article: Dog Illnesses – Tips On What To Look For

For many of us, when our dogs are ill, it is often quite difficult to know whether or not dogs warrant a trip to the emergency room for a dog illness diagnosis.

In an emergency, the first thing you should know is where to take your dog. Many veterinarians offer 24 . Please make sure to ask your vet if this is a service offered by their office. If your vet does not offer this service, know where your local veterinary emergency hospital is located.

So how do you know if you are facing an emergency? Most veterinarians will tell you that if the owner feels the dogs illnesses are urgent to please call the closest and speak to a veterinary staff member. They will review the situation and in most cases, have you bring your dog in to be examined. The following are some common emergency situations and ideas for how to manage them.

Stomach Pain

If your dog is showing symptoms of abdominal pain, such as tenderness to the touch, standing with his back arched, or refusing food, you should take him to the closest emergency clinic immediately for a dog illness diagnosis. Other signs of abdominal distress can include vomiting, crying, shaking and difficulty breathing. These may be signs of Gastric Torsion. This state can come on suddenly and in most cases affects large, deep chested dogs, but any dog can be stricken. This condition must be treated as early as possible. There are other conditions associated with abdominal pain such as constipation, kidney or liver disease, or even a common stomach ache, but it is imperative to have tests done to rule out any other serious problems.

How To Stop Bleeding Injuries

If your dog gets a cut, you should apply direct pressure with a clean dry bandage to the gash. The bleeding should stop within ten minutes, after which time, you should make an appointment to see your vet as soon as possible. The vet can only give your dog stitches within a small opportunity of time. However, if the bleeding does not stop within twenty minutes or the bleeding is from the chest, you should take your dog to the emergency clinic immediately.

What To Do When Bones Are Broken

If your dog has been in an accident where you suspect shattered bones, first call your regular vet to see if you can get an appointment soon. If not, take your dog to the emergency clinic. They will need to take x-rays to determine whether or not bones have been soon.

Gasping For Air

If your dog is having breathing problems, take him to the closest immediately. There are many reasons why your dog could be having breathing problems and many of them are serious.

What To Do When A Car Hits Your Dog

If your dog is hit by a automobile, it is important to take him to the closest emergency office immediately. Even if he is acting normal, he may have internal injuries that need to be taken care of urgently. Wrap your dog in a blanket to help prevent shock, and keep away from his mouth, as many dogs that are hurt will bite (even if they never have before).

Continuous Convulsions

If your dog has a minor spasm or two, it is a serious problem and you should call your at once. However, if your dog has a series of convulsions that last for more than a few minutes, you should place a blanket over your dog, keep away from his mouth and get him to the nearest emergency clinic immediately. There are several reasons why your dog could be having convulsions, including epilepsy, metabolic problems, brain tumors, and poisoning. Fits of seizures are considered to be life threatening in many cases.

For any dogs illnesses, if the you feel that your dog should be seen by a veterinarian, phone his office to see how soon you can get in for a dog illness diagnosis. Many veterinarians have assistants available to assess the dogs health problem situation and answer questions to help you determine the seriousness of your dogs condition. If your regular veterinarian is not available, or if you feel that it is an emergency, the best thing to do, if at all possible, is to call the emergency office, tell them what is going on, and that you are on the way. This helps the staff prepare for your emergency in advance so the veterinary team is ready to work on your dog when you get there. If you have further questions on what kinds of symptoms are emergency situations, please ask your veterinarian.

For more about dogs, visit Dog Illnesses. Also check out Diet For Dogs. For Ron's website, visit Guide To Dog Illnesses – Articles.

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    • danscott888
    • August 4, 2012

    Hi, could be several things: she’s eating grass as a form of nutrition or purging of the system because of unsuitable diet or to use as an astringent against worms. The coughing can be due to worms too.

    What to do: Change to a raw food diet – this will fix all problems of health long term with many other benefits-a must!

    Treat your dog for worms naturally, go to kerstinskraeuter(dot)com and get black walnut hull-wormwood-cloves complex (parasite cleanse). I use it-works.

    Do both, dog saved.

    • antplfc21
    • August 4, 2012

    my dog keeps on licking his bum is that a sign seriously i’m not trying to be funny ?

    • danscott888
    • August 4, 2012

    Hi, could be worms, could be anal gland problems, could be physical damage. Does your dog scoot? How long is spent licking at any one time and how often and when did it start? I’ll try and help more when I have the answers.

    • antplfc21
    • August 4, 2012

    yes he was scooting at one point but hes stopped now but he still licks his bum iv bought him worming tablets so ill see how he goes thanks

    • danscott888
    • August 4, 2012

    Those dog wormers are really tuff for a dog to take, the contents are really toxic. Treat your dog for worms naturally, go to kerstinskraeuter(dot)com and get black walnut hull-wormwood-cloves complex (parasite cleanse). I use it-works and it’s non toxic.

    Apart from that the scooting can mean blocked anal glands, because they don’t get squeezed by soft commercial dog food waste. A raw food diet solves the problem permanently AND gets your dog super healthy.

    Ask if you need help.

    • DJKapeesh
    • August 4, 2012

    Where can I get a good suggested raw food diet?

    • danscott888
    • August 4, 2012

    Hi, not sure if you want to know where to find the food or information on how to inplement the raw food diet?
    Let me know and I’ll help you further.

    • danscott888
    • August 4, 2012

    Hi, not sure if you want to know where to find the food or information on how to inplement the raw food diet?
    Let me know and I’ll help you further.

    • godsfiddler
    • August 4, 2012

    @DJKapeesh Dan’s book Real Food for Dogs is what got us going.

    • DJKapeesh
    • August 4, 2012

    I want to know where to find it and a brand that is good. For example Pedigree has canned food but would this be the same concept?

    • danscott888
    • August 4, 2012

    Hi, yes same concept, Pedigree fosters worms in the gut like all commercial brands. If you think about it, canned & kibble are cooked dead food waste loaded with synthetic additives and sugar, all highly unsuitable for our dogs and hence the appalling health and early death of dogs worldwide.

    Look up online for raw dog food retailers or buy meat on the bone produce from your local butcher ie chicken, lamb and pork. Keep it raw on the bone meats, a little vegetable matter (mashed) & take action.

    • 7vvvvv7
    • August 4, 2012

    So you say if I’m feeding my dog only raw meat, it’s immune system will deal with internal parasites?

    • 7vvvvv7
    • August 3, 2012

    Higly suspicious of heartworms

    • danscott888
    • August 3, 2012

    Hi, sorry for late reply. Basically, yes. Raw meat on the bone (must have balance of both).

    Balanced nutrition and therefor a strong immune system lead to low internal parasite population. There’s always some parasites in the system, it’s just that weak immune systems from poor diet cannot deal with the large out of balance parasite populations and commercial dog food is terrible fuel for any dog, it’s low quality plus additives cause parasite population explosions very easily.

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