Ask A Vet Online......
Do you want to ask a vet a question about your puppy or dog's health, but aren't sure if you need to make the 30 minute (or an hour!) round trip and spend $50 or more to get the answer?
Is the problem a non-urgent one, not an emergency and not about a serious illness or injury that could pose a real threat to your pup's life?
If so, this page will help you get the help you need, with a couple of clicks of your mouse!
When & Why Using An Online Vet Service Makes Sense
Keeping your puppy healthy and happy is one of the most important
tasks new owners face, and if you're new at this puppy-parenting
business, it can be a bit of a challenge!
Although veterinarians rarely over-charge for a consult or
procedure, their high overheads and the rising costs of medications and
technology mean that even a routine visit can be costly.
For most of us, there will be always be those niggling questions
that crop up from time to time. The ones that worry us just enough to
look for advice, but not enough to send us rushing to the veterinarian's
office with Fido tucked under our arm.
THESE are the times when using an online veterinary advice service can make life easier - for everyone.
Here is what a couple of happy 'Ask A Vet' customers have said about this online option......
"$1000 spent at his vet,
and finally I get the correct answer from Nancy Holmes for $15"
Cedar Hill, MO
"Thank you so much for your help!
Just wanted to let you know that our dog, Queenie, is perky and back to her normal self.
Your help saved the day!"
Ask Your Online Vet Question Here.....
It's so easy to get the help you need! All you need to do is enter your question/concern into the box below and hit 'Get An Answer'.
An online veterinarian will get back to you (often within an hour) and for a lot less than it would cost you for an actual appointment.
BUT, please remember, this type of online vet service is NOT appropriate for a puppy or dog who is really sick, injured or showing signs of serious distress!
If you are in doubt as to whether or not the situation is an
emergency... then I'd strongly recommend assuming that it IS, and
getting your pet to a veterinarian's (24 hour clinic if necessary) right
Although veterinary care isn't cheap, in some cases it's absolutely essential and I always suggest that you err on the side of caution, and get hands-on help if you're worried.
For first time puppy, or dog, owners (and even sometimes for experienced ones) it can be tricky to tell if your pup is in real trouble or not - and whether you need to ask a vet for an appointment, or get there right away!
To help you make that call, I've put together a list of some of the dog health symptoms that you should never ignore, and which demand a real-life veterinary evaluation asap....
When To Take Your Puppy To A Vet
- Watery or bloody diarrhea - Repeated diarrhea, especially if it's very watery or contains blood, can be a symptom of several serious dog illnesses. It could be caused by eating something he shouldn't or a minor tummy upset, but never take a chance.
You can find more information on this subject on my Puppy Diarrhea
page, BUT if your pup or dog (particularly young, unvaccinated puppies)
has diarrhea like this don't waste any time, get him to your
veterinarian right away.
- Repeated vomiting - As with the diarrhea above,
repeated vomiting (to the point where your pet can't hold down food or
water, or won't eat or drink) needs immediate, professional evaluation.
It can also be a sign of serious illness, and even if this is not the
case, dehydration can result quite quickly and cause problems all by
Again, you can find more information about this problem on my Puppy Vomiting page, but it's important to get vet help right away if you find yourself in this situation.
- Distended belly and dry 'heaving' - 'Bloat' or
'Torsion' is a condition where your dog's stomach basically 'flips over'
causing a total obstruction in the digestive system. It's most common
in large and giant breeds, particularly those with deep chests such as
Great Danes, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds and similar breeds. But, it
can occur in any breed, of any size and conformation.
Symptoms are distended belly, often accompanied by gagging or
dry-heaving, unsuccessful straining to poop, and serious distress
indicated by panting, pacing, whining.. eventually followed by collapse
and death (if not treated quickly). Any symptoms like this should be
treated as a life-or-death situation and emergency veterinary care is
You can learn more about this condition on this webpage... Canine Bloat.
- Other Assorted Symptoms - There are too many
possibilities for me to mention all of them here, but a few other
symptoms that really need you to ask a vet for help face to face,
Discharge from the nose accompanied
by sneezing and/or coughing
Swelling of the face/head
Collapse or extreme dizziness, disorientation or loss of balance/co-ordination
refusal to eat/drink for 12 hours or more (if there are also any of the other symptoms above, don't wait the 12 hours!)
Severe lethargy or weakness
In short - if you're in doubt about whether or not it could be serious,
err on the side of caution. Go ahead and get your pet a hands-on
examination and ask your vet for a diagnosis and treatment options.