Frequently asked dog emergency questions

We've compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked cat emergency questions our vets get.

dogs eaten chocolate
My dog has eaten chocolate, what should I do?

Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine (a bit like caffeine) that is poisonous to dogs. The amount of theobromide differs in the different types of chocolate (dark chocolate has the most in it). 

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sick-dog
My dog is being sick, what should I do?

Dogs are sick occasionally for various reasons, mostly because they will put almost anything in their mouth.  In most cases it is nothing serious, but occasionally it can be a sign of a more serious problem.

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dog swallowed foreign object
My dog swallowed a foreign object, what should I do?

Most dogs (especially puppies) chew things and occasionally they will swallow things they shouldn’t.

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dog-torn-nail
My dog has torn a nail, what should I do?

Torn nails can be difficult to treat and painful for your dog. Here is a guide of how to deal with your dog's torn nail.

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dog-diarrhea
My dog has diarrhoea, what should I do?

Diarrhoea is a common problem in dogs, mostly because they will put almost anything in their mouth. Most cases are not serious and resolve within a few days.

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GDV Bloat
What is a GDV/bloat in dogs?

GDV is a life-threatening condition of dogs in which their stomach twists and distends with gas (torsion).  In some cases the stomach merely distends with gas and does not twist (bloat).

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seizures in dogs
My dog has had a seizure, what should I do?

There are many different reasons your dog may have a seizure including epilepsy, low blood sugar levels, calcium deficiency, heat stroke, some infectious diseases, head trauma, liver disease, kidney disease, some poisons, poor circulation of the brain or brain tumours (rare).

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Dog won't eat
My dog won't eat, what could be the problem?

Anorexia simply means a loss of appetite but this can be an indicator of serious underlying disease.

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