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Sick Puppy? 5 Tell-Tail Signs Your Dog Needs an Animal Hospital

Dog owners can feel stressed out when their pet is sick. Usually, a sick puppy or dog will get over the sickness in a few days.

However, here are five tell-tale signs that your dog needs immediate help at an animal hospital.

Sick Puppy? 5 Tell-Tail Signs Your Dog Needs an Animal Hospital

Vomiting or Diarrhea for More Than 24 Hours

Vomit and diarrhea that occurs for over 24 hours or vomit with blood mean it’s time to take your sick puppy to the hospital.

Vomiting and diarrhea can be caused by food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, toxins from chemical cleaners or certain plants, or a dangerous blockage along the intestinal tract.

It can also result from some systemic diseases.

Having or Had a Seizure

A grand mal seizure for a dog includes unconsciousness while the muscles contract erratically and spastically.

The most common cause of a seizure in dogs is idiopathic epilepsy which is an inherited disorder.

Other causes can include liver disease, kidney failure, brain tumors, brain trauma, or toxins.

Distended Abdomen or Pale Gums

Your dog needs immediate emergency care if you find them with a swollen abdomen that’s hard to the touch, a sign of bloat or gastric dilatation, and volvulus.

GDV can be fatal to dogs within hours.

Make sure to take your pet to a hospital like Chadwell Animal Hospital which has surgery, proper anesthesia, radiology, an in-house laboratory, and a comfortable intensive care unit to ensure the best care for your dog.

Collapsed Back Legs

If your dog can’t move its hind legs, then you should take your pet to the emergency animal hospital.

This could be a sign of a herniated disk or intervertebral disk disease.

The most common breeds to experience this are dachshunds, beagles, and cocker spaniels.

Small brown puppy being examined by vet

Showing Signs of Extreme Pain

Signs of extreme pain in your pup include whining, shaking, refusing to socialize, anxiety, or restlessness according to the American Animal Hospital Association.

Other symptoms include changes in sleeping habits, excessive grooming, heavy panting, and mobility issues.

It is important to get this checked out as pain can be a sign of a much larger issue.

If you ever wonder if your pet should go to the hospital, remember you are never wrong to call.

Asking the on-call veterinary doctor can let you know whether to bring your sick puppy in or if there is nothing wrong.

Your pet’s health should always be a top priority so don’t be embarrassed if you have questions or concerns about your best friend.


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

good to know all of these

Jeanna Massman

Friday 25th of November 2022

Thanks for the information! I will pass it on to my niece.


Wednesday 6th of June 2018

Yikes good to notice these warning signs before its late.

Cynthia R

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

I don't have dogs but I'm sure with cats the list is pretty similar.

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