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Common Dog Illnesses That May Require Pet Hospitalization

As pet owners in Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas, it’s essential to be aware of common dog symptoms that may indicate illnesses requiring pet hospitalization. Recognizing the signs and symptoms early on can make a significant difference in your dog’s health and well-being. 

Here, we’ll discuss some common canine symptoms and when to take your dog to the emergency vet for prompt medical attention.

Pancreatitis in Dogs

Pancreatitis is a painful and potentially life-threatening condition characterized by inflammation of the pancreas. Symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, lethargy, and loss of appetite. 

Pancreatitis can be triggered by factors such as high-fat diets, obesity, and certain medications. If your dog exhibits signs of pancreatitis, seek immediate veterinary care to prevent complications such as dehydration and organ damage. 

Even if the symptoms seem mild, but your dog is at risk due to, for example, a recent dietary indiscretion or a habit of eating rich human food, or if they suffer from a concurrent condition such as Cushing’s Disease, emergency medical intervention may be a good idea. Miniature Schnauzers are also thought to be susceptible as a breed.

Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes mellitus, or sugar diabetes, is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin or responds inadequately to insulin. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to severe complications such as ketoacidosis, where severely low insulin causes disruption to the body’s glucose, fluid, and electrolyte levels, which can lead to organ failure and death. 

Symptoms of diabetes in dogs include increased thirst and urination, weight loss despite a good appetite, lethargy, and recurrent infections. Maybe your previously housetrained dog has begun to have accidents in the house. Overweight, inactive dogs, those suffering previously from pancreatitis or Cushing’s Disease, as well as Samoyeds and certain terrier breeds are more at risk.

If you notice any signs of diabetes in your dog, consult your veterinarian promptly for diagnosis and management. Early intervention is crucial to begin treatment before related health issues develop, which makes regulation of the diabetic dog more difficult.

Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis in Dogs

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) is a sudden and severe gastrointestinal condition characterized by bloody diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and abdominal pain. The exact cause of HGE is unknown, but factors such as stress, dietary indiscretion, and bacterial infections may contribute to its development. HGE can quickly lead to life-threatening dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, necessitating immediate veterinary intervention. 

Its non-specific causes can make it difficult to spot at home, but any bout of vomiting or diarrhea that is severe or that lasts longer than 12-24 hours should be checked out by a veterinarian.

Parvo in Dogs

Canine parvovirus (parvo) is a highly contagious viral infection that affects dogs, particularly puppies and unvaccinated dogs. Symptoms of parvo include severe vomiting, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, and dehydration. 

Parvo is a serious illness that requires intensive veterinary treatment, including fluid therapy, antibiotics to treat a secondary bacterial infection, and supportive care. Early detection and intervention are crucial for improving the chances of recovery in affected dogs. 

Unvaccinated or insufficiently vaccinated dogs are at the highest risk, especially where there has been previous parvo infection in the home, exposure to the virus from other unvaccinated dogs or unknown environments outside the home, or for newly adopted dogs or puppies with who knows what exposures or protections in their previous life.

When to Take Your Dog to the Emergency Vet

Knowing when to seek emergency veterinary care can be lifesaving for your dog. If your dog experiences symptoms such as difficulty breathing, seizures, sudden collapse, or severe trauma, it’s essential to seek immediate medical attention. Additionally, toxin ingestion, persistent vomiting or diarrhea, sudden lethargy or weakness, and signs of acute pain warrant prompt evaluation by a veterinarian.

At Petroglyph Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of prompt and comprehensive veterinary care for your beloved pets. Our experienced team has the knowledge and skills to provide emergency veterinary services. Don’t hesitate to contact us or one of our after-hours partners if you have any concerns about your dog’s health or well-being. Your pet’s health and safety are our top priorities.

Remember, early detection and intervention are key to managing common dog illnesses and preventing complications that may have a long-term negative outcome. Stay vigilant and prioritize your dog’s health by seeking veterinary care at the first sign of illness or distress. Your furry companion deserves the best possible care, and Petroglyph Animal Hospital is here to provide it.