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It is important for dog owners to know the signs that indicate that a dog needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Trip to the Vet Immediately if:

1Breathing Heavily

Your dog is breathing heavily and slowly.  The slow and heavy breathing does not improve or go away within a few hours after onset. (Possible pneumonia or poisoning).


Your dog is breathing heavily and has been vomiting, has had bouts of diarrhea for longer than 24 hours, has bleeding from an opening, is in obvious pain, or is struggling to take a breath. (Serious illness in the works.)

3Discharge from Eyes or Nose

Your dog is breathing rapidly and has a discharge coming from the eyes or the nose. (Possible distemper.)

4Bleeding From Mouth

Your dog is bleeding from the mouth. (Possible serious wound in the mouth.)

5Bleeding From Anus

Your dog is bleeding from the anus. (Possibly due to straining or your dog has sustained a scratch in that area.  (Parvovirus may be the cause.)

6Bleeding From Vulva

Your dog is bleeding from the vulva and your dog is not in heat.  (Possible miscarriage or a gynecological infection.)

7Bleeding From Penis

Your dog is bleeding from the penis.  (Possible damage to the penis, prostate problem or serious bladder infection.)

8Clear Wound

You can clearly see a wound on your dog and the wound is longer than 1/4 to 1/2 inch long or the wound is infected or near a vital structure.