When it comes to your dog, you want to make sure that it is taken care of in every aspect of its life. A big part of that life is going to be medical care. Dogs have to get shots and they will inevitably have to get medical treatment. You want to make sure that you have a veterinarian that you know and trust. No matter how diligent you are with your dog, there may be times when you are going to need an emergency trip to the veterinarian. Here are a few of the signs that your dog is in a lot of trouble, and you should take them to see the veterinarian immediately.
One of the more common problems that occurs in dogs is what is often called bloat. This is where a dog gets something caught in their intestines, or their intestines get tangled and twisted. This is a terrible situation for your dog to be in, as this situation can soon become fatal. Some of the diagnostic features of bloat is a dog that just can't seem to get comfortable. Your dog may try to lay down and then get up and walk around. The entire time that they are trying to get comfortable, they may have a look of panic. The dog may also try and fail to vomit. If you see any of these signs then it is time to take your dog to the veterinarian.
This is going to be a very hard one, but you know your dog very well. Pay attention to the way that your dog behaves when you feed him or her food. Is your dog the type that enjoys meal time and does not hesitate to eat, or is your dog the type of dog that gets around to it eventually. You need to know the answer to this question because if your dog is refusing to eat, it could be that a few different things have gone wrong. Know your dog and if he or she is not eating like normal, take them in.
It does not matter whether your dog gets in a fight with another dog at the park, falls off a small ledge, or is hit by a biker, any type of trauma to a dog warrants a quick trip to the veterinarian. These types of problems can actually cause major internal problems. The tricky things about dogs is that they are so tough that sometimes the consequences of the trauma hide themselves until much later.