Articles with emergencies

Is an Unresponsive Dog an Emergency?

Is an Unresponsive Dog an Emergency?

Unresponsive dog is not a dog that is disobedient but a dog that doesn’t react to stimuli. Your dog’s body might be unable to react, or their brain function is compromised. They might be extremely weak, unconscious, in a state of stupor or in a coma. A dog so unwell that they are not responding is an emergency. Rufus’ story…

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Are Pale Gums an Emergency?

Are Pale Gums an Emergency?

Let’s cut to the chase. If you’re reading this because your dog’s gums are pale, yes, it is an emergency. Now, yes, different breeds have differently colored gums. My dogs’ gums are very dark, mostly black. Other breeds have gums that are straight pink. Become familiar with what your dog’s normal gum color is. Pale gums are gums that are…

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Is Tarry Stool an Emergency? Melena in Dogs

Is Tarry Stool an Emergency? Melena in Dogs

Your dog’s poop will become black and tarry because of the presence of digested blood. How does digested blood end up in the poop? When your dog is bleeding in the stomach or small intestine, iron in the blood oxygenates as it moves through the colon, which is what gives it the black color. It might not look as scary…

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Is Blood in Vomit an Emergency?

Is Blood in Vomit an Emergency?

If your dog vomiting blood isn’t an emergency, what is? Vomiting itself signals a problem. Visible blood in the vomit takes it into another dimension. If a person was vomiting blood, they’d be scared and they’d be in pain. Is that different for a dog? How much blood is too much? Any kind of bleeding is an emergency in itself based…

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Is Dog Bleeding an Emergency?

Is Dog Bleeding an Emergency?

Severe or continuous bleeding is always an emergency. Substantial blood loss can lead to shock, collapse, and death. This is no laughing matter. The smaller the dog and the faster the blood loss, the more your dog’s life is at stake. There are, of course, situations when your dog might get a little nick or cut, where bleeding is minimal…

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