When to take your dog to the vet?

When to Take Your Dog to the Vet?

You know that your pet needs an annual check-up with your vet. This wellness exam helps keep an eye on potential issues, provides the vaccinations they need, and keeps them as healthy as possible. However, there are times when your furry friend needs more than a wellness exam. In this guide, our team at Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital shares signs that your pet needs to be seen before the annual check-up.

Changes in Eating or Drinking Habits

It's true that pets may feel more or less hungry or thirsty here and there, but it could also be a sign that something is wrong. If you notice your pet eating or drinking very differently than normal for more than a day, visit your CA vet as soon as possible.

Trouble Breathing

Other than after exercise, your pet's breathing should be pretty steady. If it's not, it could indicate various illnesses and should receive attention quickly.

Digestive Issues

Vomiting and diarrhea usually mean nothing if they happen once or twice. If they continue, though, your pet might have gotten into something poisonous.

Changes in Skin or Hair

If you notice any rashes, dry patches of skin, or a dull coat, it could be a sign of a minor irritation or a more serious issue. It's best to let your veterinary team take a look as soon as possible.

Limping, Whining, or Wincing

Limping could mean anything from something being stuck in the paw to a broken bone. And whining or wincing typically means there is pain somewhere.


No one feels good when they are sick or in pain. If your pet is being unusually aggressive, let your vet determine what is going on.

Contact Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital

If you notice any of the signs above or something else that doesn't seem normal for your pet, let our veterinary team help. Call Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital at (626) 357-2251 to schedule an appointment today or seek advice.

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