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Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

by Dr. Jennifer Coates How can you tell whether your dog’s injury or illness calls for an emergency veterinary visit? Dogs seem to get sick or injured at the worst possible times.  Of course this is not their fault, but nonetheless, it does often put owners in the position of having to decide whether an after-hours visit to the veterinarian…

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Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Jake is a senior Labrador Retriever, and his story starts with an emergency veterinary visit. Jake was rushed to the clinic blue and suffocating. Jake has laryngeal paralysis–these days recategorized as geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy (GOLPP). It was thought that laryngeal paralysis was just that–paralysis of the voice box (larynx). The larynx is the organ that controls the airflow…

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Phoenix’s Lethargy and Loss of Appetite

Phoenix’s Lethargy and Loss of Appetite

How seriously do you take your dog’s loss of appetite and lethargy? How does it fit with your dog’s normal? How does it fit in the big picture? Would your point of view on the same set of symptoms change if your dog was a middle-aged intact female who just recently finished her heat cycle? What difference does that make?…

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Is Bad Breath an Emergency?

When I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, at the end of each chapter I included a little call-out when each of them might be an emergency. Well, I meant to. There were some chapters where I skipped it because while some of the symptoms might almost never be an emergency, under certain conditions, they could be. When…

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