Richmond Animal Hospital
Even though we do everything we can to prevent illness and injury in our furry companions, things happen that we can’t anticipate. That’s why Island Vet Hospital is here as your go-to Richmond animal hospital! We have all the people and resources needed to make sure that we can diagnose and treat your animal quickly and accurately. While regular checkups are important, here are some reasons why you might need to give us a call ASAP.
Your Pet Keeps Vomiting or Having Diarrhea
Having a little bit of diarrhea or vomiting once or twice might not be a big deal, but if it follows a medication you just gave your pet, or if you suspect they’ve just eaten something toxic, it’s important to get it checked out right away. Also, if your pet has continuous diarrhea or vomiting, the situation is likely more urgent. Not only is it imperative to get to the bottom of what’s making them so sick, but frequent vomiting and diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration, especially in the smallest of animals.
Your Pet is Favoring One of Their Limbs
Animals are pretty darn resilient! So, it’s one thing if your little family member yelps or bashes into something, and quite another if something happens and afterwards, they won’t use one of their limbs. Because of their ingrained nature to not act injured even though they’re in pain, if a limb goes lame, there’s something serious going on, and it needs to get checked out immediately.
They’ve Lost Their Appetite
If your pet normally devours their food like they haven’t eaten in a year, and now seems to have no interest in their usual menu, there’s likely something wrong. Get them to a vet as soon as you can to get to the bottom of their sudden lack of appetite.
Your Pet Doesn’t Seem Like Themselves
As mentioned before, as a natural survival instinct, pets are champions at hiding their pain. This means that you need to be
vigilant at noticing any changes in activity level, personality, or behaviour. Chances are, if your usually cheerful and perky pet suddenly seems lethargic and grumpy, they’re hiding something. And because we can’t talk to them, the next best thing is to get them checked out by a vet who not only knows how to read the signs and symptoms but can also do crucial testing that will tell everyone what your pet can’t.
If you aren’t sure if your pet’s situation is urgent, give Island Vet Hospital a call right away at 604-273-3158 or book an appointment online. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will advise you on whether it’s a wait-and-see or get your pet in ASAP situation. Either way, we’re here to help as your go-to Richmond animal hospital!
Island Vet Hospital in Richmond
Located in the center of Richmond, you have probably driven by us many times. A landmark in your community, we are the big blue vet hospital on the corner of #4 and Westminster Hwy. Island Vet Hospital is AAHA accredited and has been helping pets and owners in Richmond for over 45 years.
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