When Should My Dog See A Vet?


Dogs are the most wonderful family pets that many of us have close, strong bonds with.  Unfortunately, however, our faithful four legged pals can’t speak and they can’t tell us when they feel bad. How do we know when our dog should see a vet? Holidays4Dogs offers some advise on some signs to look for which may indicate your pet needs to see the vet.

At Holidays4Dogs care of our guest dogs is paramount. Many of our carers are trained in first-aid which can be completed via our own Holidays4Dogs specialised nationally accredited courses.

If your dog requires veterinary treatment while in the care of Holidays4Dogs, this will be sought promptly. Your dog’s carer will take your dog to your own vet, or to the carers local vet.

Carers will transport your dog to the vet themselves and attend a consultation – thereby ensuring your dog has someone familiar to accompany them.

Your dog should see a vet if you see any of the following symptoms:-

  1. Vomiting

    – most dogs will be sick from time to time throughout their lives because, just like people, certain foods may upset them. However, frequent vomiting is a cause for concern – particularly if this has blood contained in it, or is accompanied by a high fever.

  2. Odd stools

    – not a great subject, but you can tell a lot about a dog’s health by inspecting his stools. Consistently runny, or dry hard stool may indicate an underlying health condition – as can the presence of blood, or mucous.

  3. Lethargy

    – a dog that suddenly appears to be tired, lethargic and lacking interest in food, or his surroundings, could be suffering from something serious. Taking your dog to the vet is essential.

  4. Refusing food and water

    – if your dog is off his food for more than 24 – 48 hours, this is a sign that something is troubling him. If he stops drinking for more than a few hours during the day, this is also something that needs immediate investigation by your local veterinary surgeon.

  5. Sudden weight loss

    – if your dog rapidly appears to be losing weight, even if he is not off his food, this could suggest a serious health condition and advise should be sought from your vet as soon as possible.

Additionally your dog should a see a vet if…

….there is evidence of open wounds, collapse, fits, bleeding from ears, nose or mouth, whining and shaking. All are serious symptoms requiring immediate veterinary intervention.

This list is not exhaustive. If you are at all concerned about your dog’s health, no matter how small, always consult your veterinary surgeon. Our health articles are in no way intended to replace veterinary advice or consultation.