Your pet is one of the most important parts of your life. That’s why you need to have the peace of mind of knowing that your puppy is safe at all time. Ann Collins, staff writer of Puppy Pointers, goes more in-depth about the importance of your pet's health. Below, you can read all about how you can know when it’s time to go to the vet.

How to Know When It's Time For The Vet

All About Stool

Your pet’s stool says a lot about the overall health of your dog. If you notice that your dog’s stool has changed abruptly, you should consider whether your dog has received any significant changes in its diet or exercise. If your pet hasn’t experienced any noticeable changes, you may want to take your dog to the vet.

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That’s because rapid changes in stool can be a sign for something more serious and in this case, it’s better for you to be safe than sorry.

All About Lumps

It isn’t rare for people to find lumps on their dogs. Sometimes, this can just be a sign of a build-up of blood or a small injury. In other cases, it could be a sign of problems like tumours. There are a few ways in which you can tell that there might be something deeper going on with your dog’s health.

For one thing, your dog may have a bigger issue if its lump is hard and if it doesn’t move when you push on it. You may also want to get it checked if it protrudes excessively from your dog’s body.

All About Pain

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You probably know about your dog’s regular behaviour. That’s why you should be wary if your dog appears to be in excessive pain. You can know whether your dog is in pain depending on the way it’s being expressed.

When a dog has a shaking leg or whimpers when it moves its hips, your dog may be experiencing symptoms of arthritis. Your dog may also experience small injuries when you’re gone. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the condition of your dog when you come back home.

If you see your dog limping, you may want to check its legs. If your dog is shaking its head, you should check its ears because your dog may have hit them against a piece of furniture. If you have another pet, your dog may also have been injured by playing or roughhousing. If your dog is scratching its ear, on the other hand, it may have mites.


We know how important your puppy’s health is to you. That’s why you need to know the signs of whether your dog needs a vet visit. If your dog appears to be in pain, has a lump, or has changes in its stool, you may want to pay a visit to your favourite vet’s office. If you’ve read all of this and you want to know more about how we can help you and your dog, contact us today. We’ll answer you as efficiently as possible.

(Last Updated On: March 11, 2021)

Annalise O'Conner is a Registered Dietitian and Personalized Nutritionist. She is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching nutrition in the School of Public Health and APAN (Asian Pacific Islander American Network) Email: [email protected]

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