Advanced Animal Care
Dogs are robust, amazing creatures, and most breeds are blessed with good health. Even the smaller, more delicate looking breeds are generally heartier than their appearance would suggest. Still, since they can't tell us with words when something is wrong, it's important to pay attention to your furry best friend, so you don't miss important clues.
 
There are, of course, a variety of minor ailments that don't require veterinary care, so don't load your pet up and take him to the vet at the drop of a hat. Use a healthy dose of common sense and the following general guidelines to help you make a determination:
 

Lethargy,Loss of Appetite, Weight Loss

 
Dogs love to eat almost as much as they love attention from you. It's fine if your pet misses the occasional meal, but if it becomes a habit that stretches into more than a couple days, something is seriously wrong, especially if it's accompanied by a lack of drinking. A general guideline is if your pet goes more than two days without eating something, it's time to start thinking in terms of medical care from your veterinarian in Berea KY.
 

Extreme Tenderness and Sensitivity

 
Even smaller breeds tend to be a bit rough and tumble, so it's not surprising if your dog comes home with a few random nicks and abrasions after spending a day romping in the woods, but be watchful of any injuries that seem red, swollen, irritated, or get a reaction when touched. If you can touch the wound and not get a reaction, you're usually okay. If you get a whimper, or your pet pulls away, don't let it go more than a day without seeking professional help (and sooner than that, depending on the intensity of the reaction you get).  Also keep an eye out for signs of infection such as swelling, heat or sensitivity in the area, which will require antibiotics from your Berea KY veterinarian.
 

Uncontrolled Shaking or Quivering?  See your Veterinarian in Berea Kentucky

 
There are a few different things that can cause tremors or shaking in dogs, and none of them are good. This can be a sign of shock, indicating serious trauma. It can also be a reaction to some types of poison. Regardless, if you see this type of behavior in your dog, get him to the vet immediately.
 
There's a reason dogs are considered man's best friend, and the best advice anyone can give you is this: Better safe than sorry. If you're on the fence about whether to go to the nearest veterinarian in Berea Kentucky, or wherever you happen to be, by all means, go. Better by far to go and find out it was a false alarm than to delay and wind up losing a cherished friend. That said, there are a few symptoms that should raise the alarm in your head any time you see them. Pay attention to what your pet is telling you. They might not be able to speak, but that doesn't mean they can't communicate!  Call Advanced Animal Care Berea to schedule an appointment today.