Written by Written by DVM (st.) Sara Castano
We’ve all been there. One day you wake up and are expecting your dog for a “Good Morning” stretch and you find them hiding under the bed with their tail between the legs.
The most important thing is to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian you trust to make sure your best friend gets the best care they deserve. Some of the things you can do to help out in the meantime are:
- Make sure you don’t give your dog ANY kind of medication! Some human medicine (such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen) is toxic for dogs and can cause death. Even though you want to provide the best care possible, help your veterinarian and dog by not giving any medication as this can aggravate the problem and make saving your dogs life a bigger challenge
- If you find any abnormalities in your pup’s stool, snap a photo! It is very important for your veterinarian to identify what kinds of problems your dog can have in stool. Some issues that can be identified in photographs of stool are parasites, blood, abnormal colouring or texture that can be a symptom of issues in the gastrointestinal tract
- Is your dog vomiting? Make sure you identify this issue as best possible! No one knows your dog better than you so take advantage of this and give your veterinarian as much information as possible. How often does your dog vomit? What color is it? After what activity does your dog vomit?
- Identify what behavioural changes your dog is experiencing. Did they always run to the door to say hello and now they don’t? Do you always find them hiding under the table? Are they pressing their head against the wall?
- When your dog feels sick, it is very important to make them feel safe, as this can help them show more symptoms. Dogs are predators and for this reason, they naturally tend to hide their symptoms when sick or in disease to not show weakness in front of the rest of the pack. If you make your dog feel like they are in a safe environment, they will not feel the need to hide their symptoms and it will be easier for your veterinarian to identify what they are suffering from
- Remember that during curfew hours in regard to the COVID-19, you are always allowed to visit your veterinarian as this is recognized as a health emergency. Do not try to give your dog any kind of medication without contacting a veterinarian or perform any high-risk techniques
- Your veterinarian is the person that is qualified to provide you with the best care and help you reach the best decision to solve the problem. They might send laboratory exams such as routine blood tests, stool or urine tests to determine and identify the root of the problem. Follow each and every one of the instructions given to you by them