Common dog emergencies

Common dog emergencies

Knowing when a problem is serious concern can be a tough call. Here are 6 times you should take your Morkie to the vet ASAP.

These are no-brainer reasons to rush to the Vet or emergency clinic!

1. Injury or Trauma

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A broken bone, cut, gash or other trauma is reason to get to your Vet’s, or an after-hours emergency clinic immediately. Ideally someone can go with you and call from the car.

Keep your Morkie as still as possible, and wrap him in a towel or blanket to keep warm.

If he’s bleeding a lot, use gauze to staunch the wound.

Wounds can be deeper than they appear and complications like infection can develop if medical care is delayed. Plus, your Morkie may be in more pain that you realize, and so will benefit from a painkiller from the Vet.

 

 

 

 

Download this form and fill it in with your Emergency Vet information 

emergency vet print out info

 

2. Severe vomiting and/or diarrhea

Most bouts of vomiting and/or diarrhea are over within 24 hours and are often a result of eating something disagreeable. But if these symptoms seem severe, if there’s blood in either vomit or diarrhea, or the illness has lasted more than 12 hours, your Morkie should be treated right away. At the very least, he can become severely dehydrated, to a critical level.

If you’re in doubt, the safest course of action is always to seek Veterinary attention.

If your dog has a fever, best to seek immediate help.

 

3. Collapse

This can be a sign of internal bleeding or some major trauma that you can’t easily identify, like heart or organ failure. Or your Morkie may have eaten something poisonous. Collapse, or sudden, serious weakness could be a sign of poisoning, internal injuries or something else you don’t know about.

 

 

when to take your dog to the vet4. Severe pain

When your Morkie is crying, whining, panting, breathing heavily or showing some other signs of pain, it’s time for immediate medical care. Don’t let him suffer.

 

 

5. Seizure

Uncontrollable shaking and tremors, loss of consciousness, paddling with the legs and possible loss of bowel or urinary control are common signs of seizure. The most common cause is epilepsy, although there are many other triggers, some of which can be life-threatening.

 

 

6. Stings, bites, allergic reactions

These can all lead to more serious problems including collapse, difficulty breathing or even organ failure. Keep a very close eye on your Morkie if he’s suffered from any of these things.


As always, this advice is NOT a substitute for a proper consultation with a Vet and is only intended as a guide. Please consult with a Veterinarian for any questions or concerns you have about your pets.

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