In India, our veterinary practices and systems are not as progressive as the west, so we prefer to advocate 'Prevention is better than cure.' While many follow the 'wait and see' attitude, it is one that can sometimes be the difference between life and death.
Always call your Vet when...
Sudden weight gain or loss.
Sudden shifts in temperament.
Should you find any lumps or bumps when examining your dog.
If your dog has been off food, water or acting lethargic for twenty-four hours or more.
Vomiting or abdominal tenderness or swelling.
Lameness and limping or stiffness while moving - whether or not there was an injury.
Diarrhea for more than twenty-four hours.
Rashes, falling out fur, excessive shedding or chewing at spots on the body.
Hazy look in the eyes or abnormal discharge.
If your pet's breath smells sweet, there could be other problems.
Pale gums can be signs of a serious problem.
Suddenly starts having accidents in the house.
Starts eating or drinking substantially more or less.
Acts uncharacteristically lethargic.
Call immediately when...
Your pet has been experienced some kind of trauma, such as being hit by a car or has fallen more than a few feet.
Your pet isn't breathing or you can't feel a heartbeat.
Your pet is unconscious and won't wake up.
Your pet has been vomiting or has had diarrhea for more than 24 hours, or she is vomiting blood.
You suspect any broken bones.
Your pet is having trouble breathing or has something stuck in her throat.
Your pet has had or is having a seizure.
Your pet is bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth, or there is blood in her urine or feces.
You think your pet might have ingested something toxic, such as onion, chocolate, rat poison, household cleaners or any kind of medication that wasn't prescribed to her.
Your pet shows signs of extreme pain, such as whining, shaking, and refusing to socialize.
Your pet collapses or suddenly can't stand up.
Your pet begins bumping into things or suddenly becomes disoriented.
You can see irritation or injury to your pet's eyes, or she suddenly seems to become blind.
Your pet's abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch, and/or she's gagging and trying to vomit.
You see symptoms of heatstroke like excessive panting, exhaustion, etc.
Your pregnant dog or cat has gone more than three to four hours between delivering puppies or kittens.