Is it an emergency or not!

What to Watch For

Any abnormal symptom could be a sign of serious disease, or it could just be a minor or temporary problem. The important thing is to be able to tell when to seek veterinary help, and how urgently. Many diseases cause dogs to have a characteristic combination of symptoms, which together can be a clear signal that your Shih Tzu needs help.

Give us a call for an appointment if you notice any of these types of signs:

  • Change in appetite or water consumption
  • Tartar build-up, bad breath, red gums, or broken teeth
  • Itchy skin (scratching, chewing, or licking), hair loss
  • Lethargy, mental dullness, or excessive sleeping
  • Fearfulness, aggression, or other behavioral changes
  • Lumps or bumps – regardless of size
  • Limping or holding a leg up occasionally
  • Drinks and urinates more and/or eats more
  • Has a potbelly or  poor haircoat

Seek medical care immediately if you notice any of these types of signs:

  • Scratching or shaking the head, tender ears, or ear discharge
  • Inability or straining to urinate; discolored urine
  • Cloudiness, redness, itching, or any other abnormality involving the eyes
  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating
  • Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest
  • Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise
  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”
  • Not using 1 or more limbs
  • Non-stop vomiting or diarrhea
  • Not getting up, severely lethargic or tired

  • If you need to make an appointment or you are unsure if your dog or cat’s issues are an emergency or can wait for an appointment please call Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008 or visit us at
By |October 3rd, 2017|

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