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When should I call the vet?

Your pet is an integral part of your family. They need love, attention and regular medical attention. If you notice any of the following signs, call your local Greencross Vets  as soon as possible. 

After a fight

Your pet may look fine, but Dr Jim Kennedy from Greencross Vets City Road warns animal fights can cause immense internal damage that's invisible to the naked eye.
“Combined with the bacteria introduced by the teeth, the stage is set for a severe infection that can be sore and infected at best, and life threatening at worst.”

Car accident

If you suspect your pet has been hit by a car then you should act immediately, even if they're putting on a brave face.
“There can also be crushing injuries that don't involve any skin penetration,” Dr Kennedy says.


Dogs and cats both regularly eat grass without harmful side effects – even though it may induce a once-off vomit. But if you catch your pet snacking on a plant, playing with a cane toad  or licking household chemicals, it's wise to call your vet.

Vomiting and diarrhoea

If your pet has been vomiting repeatedly, or had diarrhoea for 24 hours, it's better to be safe than sorry, says Dr Kennedy. 
“Sometimes vomiting is nothing to worry about, but sometimes it's a sign of a very nasty underlying problem.”

Sudden weight loss

Pets don't diet. So if your pet has suddenly lost 10 per cent or more of its body weight, it's usually a bad sign.

Fleas, ticks and worms 

If these products haven't shaken your pet's parasite infestation, call your vet, as it can quickly become life-threatening.

Other worrying issues

Unfortunately, there are no shortage of pet medical problems. Here are a few more that your vet can offer important advice on:
  • You suspect your pet had a seizure
  • Your dog has swallowed a weird, foreign object
  • Your pet seems disorientated
  • You discover an odd lump while petting
  • It's having eye problems  
  • Itchy skin or coat problems
  • Your pet has become constantly tired
  • If your dog drags its rear along the floor, it may have anal sac inflammation or worms
  • Your pet is constipated or its stool has changed
  • Your pet has become aggressive or easily agitated of late
  • It's having breathing difficulties. Remember, cats should never pant .

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