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Signs You Should Take Your Pet to the Emergency Vet

Is your pet in the middle of a health crisis? If this is the case, you might not know what to do next. You probably want to do some research to determine or understand how to take care of your animal friend if the unexpected happens.

It is important to learn about the common conditions that might force you to take your pet to an emergency veterinarian. Do you love your pet? If you do, you probably consider him or her to be a part of your family. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible for your furry friend to communicate that he or she is unwell.

This can make it hard to determine the right time to take your pet to the emergency vet. Some of the warning signs you should consider regarding the health of your pet include:


Your Pet Is Tired and/or Sluggish

One of the most important signs of a pet disease or problem is lethargy. Your lethargic pet may be uninterested in going for a walk, playing, or even eating. High temperatures, muscle sores, and/or fatigue can contribute to your pet’s lethargy. If these symptoms persist, however, you should consider taking your pet to a qualified and experienced veterinarian.


Excessive Thirst

How much water does your pet consume each day? This is one of the most important questions you need to answer. If you discover that your canine friend is drinking more water than usual, it could be a sign or symptom of diabetes or developing kidney disease. If you find yourself refilling your pet’s water bowl more often than usual, you need to take him or her to a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible. The same applies if he or she is peeing excessively.


Strange Eating Habits

It is not strange for your animal pal to skip a few meals on occasion, especially when it is hot outside. If you start to notice some prolonged unusual eating habits, however, it should be a red flag that something is off. If your well-behaved pooch or kitty refuses to eat for a couple of days, for example, it is a clear sign that you need to take him or her for an examination.


Dry or Rough Coat

Your furry friend’s coat should be soft, shiny, and thick. If his or her coat is dry, rough, or dull, it could be a sign of something wrong. Skin disease, an allergy, or the wrong kind of food could be the culprit. A trip to the emergency vet is a great way to help your animal friend and deal with his or her questionable coat.



It is normal for pets to vomit occasionally. It is a great way to get rid of food that does not agree with him or her. However, you should start getting concerned and contact your vet immediately if your pet exhibits the following symptoms:

  • High fever.
  • Bloody vomit.
  • Vomiting frequently in a row.

Too much vomiting can lead to diarrhea and dehydration. Therefore, it is important to seek emergency veterinary treatment.

To learn more about signs to look out for before taking your pet to your veterinarian, visit R Veterinary Group at our offices in Linn Creek, Columbia, or Waynesville, Missouri. You can also call (573)346-5733, (573)443-7274, (573)774-3337, or (573)875-7825 to book an appointment today.

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