The Most Common Dog Emergencies

Dogs may not be able to verbalize their discomfort when they are sick in spoken language, like we do, but you can still generally discern much about their wellbeing from watching their behavior. Developing your animal observation skills can be especially helpful should your furry friend experience an emergency health situation. Knowing where to find an emergency vet in Dallas is likewise important so that you can get your pet the immediate care he needs if he experiences any of these common canine health emergencies:

Heat Exhaustion / Heat Stroke
Responsible dog owners already know that pets can become critically ill if left unattended in a car. However, dogs can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke under other circumstances as well. Your pet can suffer physical distress just from being outside when temperatures are high. Vigorous playtime may also lead to heat exhaustion when carried out during warm weather. If your dog appears to be drooling or panting more than normal, move the pet out of any direct sun and into a cool (not cold) environment and then contact a veterinarian right away.

Toxic Food Ingestion
Dogs often have curious noses that cause them to eat foods that are harmful to their health. Keeping all human food and food garbage out of your pet’s reach is the best way to prevent accidental food poisoning. In particular, onions, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol can cause life-threatening consequences if your dog ingests them. Common warning signs of garbage intoxication or food poisoning include refusal to eat, unsteadiness, and diarrhea with or without vomiting. Even if you did not see your pet eat a potentially toxic food, get in touch with an emergency vet clinic if your dog exhibits signs of toxic food ingestion.

Loose Bowel Movements
Toxic food ingestion is an important cause of loose bowel movements, but diarrhea can occur for any number of reasons. Short-term gastric distress may not warrant a trip to an emergency veterinarian, but if your dog suffers from loose bowel movements for more than a day, speak to your vet clinic about it. Your pet might be experiencing this problem because of liver disease, an infection, or malignant growths. Only a veterinarian can determine the cause of this condition and provide treatment for it.

For your pet’s health and your peace of mind, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provides a dedicated after-hours emergency messaging system. To learn more about this and any of our other services, call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (469) 759-7620 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney / Frisco at (972) 529-5033. You can also visit our website for information about the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group.

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