Dog Symptoms: When Is It an Emergency?

Does your dog's injury or illness call for an emergency veterinary visit?

Dogs pant. They pant when they exercise, when they are hot, they pant when they are excited. Panting is your dog’s way to cool their body. Because dogs don’t sweat like we do the only effective way they can cool themselves is by panting. All dogs do that, and it is perfectly normal.

Even if your dog looks to be in relatively good shape, some conditions are potentially life-threatening. Do you know which situations or symptoms are always an emergency?

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