When Should I Call The Vet?

Your pet is an integral part of your family. They need love, attention and regular health checks. If they become unwell, it can be hard to know when to call the vet. If you notice any of the following signs, call your local Greencross Vets as soon as possible.

When to call the vet

After a fight

Your pet may look fine, but Dr Jim Kennedy from Greencross Vets City Road warns animal fights can cause internal damage that’s invisible to the naked eye.

‘Combined with the bacteria introduced by the teeth, the stage is set for a severe infection that can be sore and infected at best, and life-threatening at worst,’ he says.

Car accident

If you suspect your pet has been hit by a car, you should act immediately. Dr Kennedy warns, ‘There can be crushing injuries that don’t involve any skin penetration.  The impact of a car accident can do serious damage to your pet’s internal organs.’ An emergency visit to your local vet is vital if your pet has been involved in an accident.


Dogs and cats both regularly eat grass without harmful side effects – even though it may induce a once-off vomit. If you catch your pet snacking on a plant, playing with a cane toad or licking household chemicals, call your local vet immediately.

Vomiting and diarrhoea

‘If your pet has been vomiting repeatedly or has had diarrhoea for 24 hours, it’s better to be safe than sorry,’ says Dr Kennedy. ‘Sometimes vomiting is nothing to worry about. Sometimes, it’s a sign of an underlying problem.’ If you suspect that your pet is unwell, contact your local Greencross Vets.

Sudden weight loss

If your pet has suddenly lost weight, it’s usually a sign that something isn’t right. A health check from a veterinarian will rule out any underlying conditions. You should discuss treatment options and nutrition concerns if your pet is under (or over) weight.

Fleas, ticks, and worms

Certain parasites (like paralysis ticks) can be life-threatening to your pet. If you suspect you have found a paralysis tick on your pet, you should take them to the vet immediately. Other parasites like heartworm are also potentially fatal. Staying up to date with parasite prevention treatments is the best way to protect your pet. For more information on symptoms of parasite-related illness, click here.

Other worrying issues

The following issues may require immediate medical intervention.

  • you suspect your pet had a seizure
  • your pet has swallowed a foreign object
  • your pet seems disorientated
  • you discover an odd lump
  • your pet is having eye problems
  • itchy skin or coat problems
  • your pet has become constantly tired
  • your pet drags its rear along the floor (they may have anal sac inflammation or worms)
  • your pet is constipated or their stool has changed
  • your pet has become aggressive or easily agitated
  • they’re having breathing difficulties. Remember – cats should never pant

Always speak to your local Greencross Veterinarian if you are worried about your pet’s health.

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