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Be Proactive: 4 Signs Your Dog Needs to See a Veterinarian Right Away

If you have a canine family member, you know how important its health is. Because of that, you probably take it to the vet at least once a year for a checkup. You also make sure it's up-to-date on all its vaccinations. But, there may be times when emergency veterinary care is needed. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to identify medical emergencies, especially for your dog. That's why you need to know what to look for. Here are four situations that require immediate medical attention from a veterinarian. 

Your Dog Won't Stop Drinking Water

If you have a dog, you know there will be times when it drinks more water than usual. Two of those times are during periods of hot weather, and after strenuous exercise. Under those circumstances, you can expect to fill their water bowl a few extra times during the day. But, if your dog needs you to fill their water bowl up more often than that, you may need to take them to the vet. This is especially true if they seem to have an unquenchable thirst. An unquenchable thirst may be the sign of diabetes or kidney problems. 

Your Dog Has Developed a Limp

Certain companies, like, know that if your dog has a limp, you may need to take them to the veterinarian.This is especially important if they've recently been involved in an accident. The limp could be a sign of bone injuries. The first thing you should do is check the paw on their affected leg. They may have stepped on something that caused an injury. If there is no sign of obvious injury, contact the veterinarian. They may need to run tests to identify the cause of the limp. 

Your Dog Has Discolored Gums

If your dog is acting tired and lethargic, look in their mouth. If your dog is healthy, their gums will be pink. But, if your dog's gums are white, you need to take them to the veterinarian right away. Discolored gums can be a sign of serious medical conditions such as anemia or parvo. 

Your Dog Had a Seizure 

If your dog has had a seizure, you need to contact your veterinarian right away. Seizures can pose a serious risk for your dogs. This is especially true if other medical symptoms accompanied the seizure. This would include loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, or high fever. If your dog suffered a seizure with any of the symptoms described above, seek medical care for them immediately.