Something’s wrong with your dog but you’re not sure if you should take your pet to the vet? To ease your worries, here’s a list of scenarios and solutions by an expert, on what is considered a dog emergency.

Dr.Champak is a Veterinary Physician at Precise Pet Clinic & Diagnostics in Bangalore, India.

Dog emergency for vets: Bleeding

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Bleeding from extremities such as wagging ears or tails can make your pet bleed out quickly. Apply some pressure on the area with a clean cloth or a piece of cotton to curb bleeding. More details in the video below.

Dog emergency for vets: Respiratory distress

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If your dog has collapsed sideways, is panting or has a bloated stomach, rush to the vet immediately as it could be a very serious condition. This usually occurs in large chested dogs such as German Shepherds, Labradors, Great Danes, St.Bernard’s etc. More details in the video below.

Dog emergency for vets: Heat stroke

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Heat strokes top the list of what is considered a dog emergency during Indian summers. Ensure that when your pet is outdoors in the garden, patio or balcony, they have a way to get back in when they’re feeling uncomfortable. More details in the video below.

Dog emergency for vets: Fits & seizures

what is considered a dog emergency - fits & seizures

In case of epileptic attacks or seizures, move your dog away from stairs, pointed objects or furniture as quickly as possible. This will prevent injuries from impact. More details in the video below.

These are a few scenarios of what is considered a dog emergency. Some others can include vomiting, diarrhoea, burns, consuming human foods, straining to urinate, allergic reactions, eye injury, unconsciousness, feral dog or insect bites etc.

You can also stay prepared by asking your veterinarian about what else you should take into account given your dog’s history.