Features March 2015 Issue

Should You Race to Take Your Dog to the Emergency Vet Clinic?

Has your dog been zombified?! No! If his eyes look all white while he’s sleeping, it’s just that his third eyelid has closed to protect the eye.

Should You Race to Take Your Dog to the Emergency Vet Clinic?

Knowing the answer can save you a lot of time, money, and heartache.

If you live with and love dogs, chances are at some point you’ve found yourself at a familiar – and often excruciating – tipping point. “I just noticed (fill-in-the-blank),” you say to yourself. “Should I panic?” The standard response that everyone gives – and for good reason – is this: When in doubt, see your vet. And of course, you should, if you suspect something is truly amiss. But you can’t go running to a medical professional every time you notice something weird, especially if it’s more an issue of benign bemusement rather than an out-and-out emergency. Problem is, you don’t know what you don’t know: Something that may seem really strange could be absolutely nothing, and a seemingly subtle symptom could be a harbinger of something truly disastrous. If only dogs came with an owners’ manual – or a customer-care line!

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