5 Serious Signs that You Need to Take Your Dog to the Vet ASAP!

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Dogs, hold a special place in our lives.

They mean just about everything to us as they become part of our family..

And we mean just as much to our dogs and they rely on us to take care of them. That is why you need to be able to recognize these five serious and often overlooked signs that you need to take your dog to the vet.

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Shortness of Breath Or Other Difficulty Breathing

Just like with humans, if your dog is having difficulty breathing it is time to bring him to the vet or animal hospital ASAP.

Difficulty breathing can be a sign of internal injury or sickness.

Recognizing this early can be a key factor in saving your pet’s life.


It is normal for your dog to have labored breathing after exercising but it is not normal for them to out of nowhere start to have trouble breathing. It is okay to visually inspect your dog’s airway but never stick your finger (or hand) down their mouth. Their natural instinct is to close their mouth when this happens.


Should your dog suffer from a seizure it is important that you take them to the vet ASAP.

Seizures are not normal,  and can be a sign of a variety of major conditions. For example, they can be a sign of a tumor, a disorder, a disease, etc. They can also be a sign of dehydration. The sooner you combat these disorders, the better.

At the same time, your vet may issue you instructions to monitor seizures if your dog has them regularly. When in doubt, take your dog in.

Feinting Episode or Collapsing

Feinting in any animal is typically not a good sign.

At the very least, it could indicate dehydration. At the most, it could indicate cancer or severe illness. By taking your dog to the vet you can have the cause diagnosed and a treatment program started.

Without treatment being started, you could run into even more severe conditions, sometimes quickly.

Not Eating/Not Drinking/Drinking Too Much

If your dog has not been eating for more than a day it is time to take them to the vet.

A lack of food and drink can cause severe problems to the body, especially during extreme weather. For some dogs, you might need to make a judgement call and take them in sooner.

Dogs who usually eat every scrap of food but now suddenly turn away a meal for quite a while might have something wrong.


Dogs who are drinking excessive amounts of water might be showing signs that they need to go to the vet.

Kidney disease, diabetes, and other diseases could be driving a dog to need more water than normal. Just make sure not to confuse water after being active with drinking too much.

Abnormal Behavior

Everyone gets to know their own dog’s behavior and if they start acting weird, it should be noticeable.

Should abnormal behavior continue, you should make a point of taking your dog to the vet. Chances are that the abnormal behavior is a manifestation of something else that is going on.

Here are a few samples of abnormal behavior to watch out for:

  • Sluggish Movement
  • Abnormal Tiredness
  • Butt Scooting

Even rubbing their head frequently on the wall can be a sign that something is wrong with them.

While a few hours or even a day might not matter, waiting too long could prove to be detrimental to your beloved dog’s health and you should look into taking him into the vet to get them checked up.

Dogs and kids aren’t that far apart and you will get the feeling that something is wrong.

Dogs are an important part of our lives and regular vet visits will ensure that they are healthy, happy and well taken care of in the event of illness.

It can mean the difference between life and death.

Knowing these five signs will help you speak for your dog because they can’t do it for themselves.