when to Take Your Dog to the Vet

Taking care of a dog is typically pretty straight forward. You have to make sure that he eats every day, that he has a safe place to sleep at night, and that he gets the love and attention he deserves as a furry member of your family. But dealing with a sick dog can get kind of tricky- not to mention stressful. This is why it's important to know signs your dog is sick and when to take your dog to the vet so that he can get the care he needs before things get too serious. Following are some signs to look for that indicate it's time to see your veterinarian right away:

Dog Lethargy

If your dog is sleeping or laying around more than usual, and does not seem to have the same spunk he usually does, it might be a good idea to have him checked out by your veterinarian. Lethargy can indicate an ailment of some kind, such as a kidney infection or even a cold.

Not Eating or Drinking

A day of no eating is nothing to worry about for the most part, but if your dog is not interested in eating for two or more days in a row, it is time to take him to the vet. If he doesn’t drink for entire day, he may be dehydrated due to illness and needs to be seen immediately if possible.

Consistent Ear Scratching

If your dog starts to scratch at his ears throughout the day, it is a good idea to have him checked for an ear infection. Some dogs tend to whine or whimper while scratching at their ears, which is a sure sign of infection or other ailment. 
You know your pet best.  When something doesn't seem right, that is a good time to pay attention. Catching a problem before your pet has lost weight or shows outward signs of disease often results in fewer treatments and less distress for your pet.  If something seems out of the ordinary, call Advanced Animal Care Richmond to schedule an appointment today!