Paying attention to your pet's demeanour is critical in determining whether its wellbeing is at risk or not. Since pets cannot outright tell you when they are experiencing pain or discomfort, the burden lies on you to make sure that you monitor your pet so that you can discern a change in habit that would imply that they are under the weather. Knowing how to detect warning symptoms in your pet can go a long way in making sure they receive medical attention in good time and subsequently prolong their lifespan. However, if your pet does not fall sick regularly, you may easily miss some of the signs that it needs immediate medical care. Here are critical signs that indicate your pet requires emergency vet care.
Your pet is exhibiting signs of distress
Signs of distress are common if your pet suffers from separation anxiety or if they are introduced into a new environment, for example, a boarding facility. However, if your pet starts to exhibit signs of distress when they are right at home, and no external factors are affecting them you should take a trip to your emergency vet. Some of the distress symptoms that should be cause for alarm include erratic pacing around the home, your pet hiding whenever approached, whimpering noises, and refusal to lie down and so on. Signs of distress tend to be indicative of pain, so it would be ideal to have your pet examined post haste.
Your pet is dry heaving
When your pet starts to vomit, it would be an apparent indicator of tummy trouble, and they should receive medical attention. However, when some owners notice that their pet is retching and not upchucking any matter, they tend to assume that it is nothing serious. The reality is that dry heaving could be a sign of something even more severe than actual vomiting is! When your pet begins to dry heave, it could be due to several things. For instance, your pet may have swallowed a foreign object and is trying to dislodge it from their throat. If the object is not removed, your pet will be at risk of choking to death. Another reason why your pet could develop dry heaving is if they have ingested poison which is subsequently irritating their digestive tract. It is imperative to seek emergency vet care the moment you notice your pet dry heaving to minimise the risk of the cause becoming fatal.