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When Should You Reach Out to Your Vet? – Essential Tips and Guide

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Dear VetBabble: When to Contact Your Vet?

“I’m concerned about my dog who was involved in an auto accident a week ago. Since then, he’s been refusing food, consuming barely any water, and has recurrent episodes of vomiting for the past four days. What could be the potential cause and what should I do next?”

Symptoms and Vetting Necessity

First of all, let me share this essential piece of advice: if your pet sustains major trauma, such as an auto accident, it would be prudent to take them to the vet immediately, even if they appear to be fine at first sight. Delaying veterinary attention could potentially exacerbate their condition.

Post-accident, if your dog is consistently vomiting, refusing to eat, and barely drinking, those are serious signs indicating that something could be wrong and you should take your pup in for checkups without any further delays. It’s crucial to heed these warnings seriously as they could endanger your pet’s life.

You can learn more about why your dog might be vomiting and why they might not be eating on our website, which goes into detail on these significant symptoms.

Problems Related to Ingesting Foreign Objects

Another aspect to consider – could your dog have ingested something they shouldn’t have during or after the accident? This could cause a variety of health concerns, including blockages in their digestive tract and leading to the noted symptoms. If you suspect your dog has consumed anything suspicious, it’s crucial to act promptly to prevent further complications.

Our blog post, My dog ate something it shouldn’t have! What should I do? contains insightful and practical information about this common issue.

When to Worry about Diarrhea

Diarrhea is another symptom to watch out for, especially in a post-accident scenario. It’s important to keep a close eye on your dog’s digestion and bowel movements. If your dog has diarrhea along with the other symptoms, urgent veterinary attention is necessary as it could signify severe health concerns.

Here, the article Diarrhea in Dogs: When to Worry could provide you with more detailed information about how to handle such conditions.

To summarize, the symptoms your dog is experiencing are serious and need immediate veterinary consideration and care. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and get your pet checked out sooner rather than later. After all, their health and well-being is our utmost priority.

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