As dog owners, we strive to provide the best care for our furry companions. Regular veterinary check-ups are essential for maintaining their health and well-being. However, sometimes our dogs may exhibit signs of distress or illness that require immediate attention from a veterinarian. Henlow Veterinary Centre has a team of experienced Vets in Hertfordshire. This blog explores signs when you must take your dog to the vet.

Look for these signs in your dog

Changes in eating habits:

A sudden loss of appetite can indicate an underlying health issue. Similarly, if your dog shows an unquenchable thirst, it could indicate a problem such as kidney disease or diabetes. A veterinarian can investigate any drastic changes in your dog’s eating or drinking habits.


Dogs are naturally energetic creatures. Hence, if you notice a sudden and unexplained decrease in your dog’s activity level or a lack of interest in their favourite activities, it may be a cause for concern. It can be due to infections, pain, or organ dysfunction. A veterinary examination will help determine the underlying cause.

Persistent vomiting or diarrhoea:

While occasional digestive upsets aren’t uncommon, persistent or severe vomiting and diarrhoea can lead to dehydration and further complications. If your dog experiences prolonged episodes of vomiting or diarrhoea, it’s crucial to seek veterinary assistance.

Respiratory distress:

You should not ignore your dog’s breathing difficulties. Pay attention if your dog is coughing excessively, wheezing, or experiencing rapid and laboured breathing. It may indicate an underlying respiratory infection, heart condition, or even a foreign object lodged in the airway. Prompt veterinary attention is vital to ensure your dog’s respiratory health.

Unexplained weight loss or gain:

Significant changes in your dog’s weight can indicate an underlying health issue. Unexplained weight loss could point to issues like parasites, thyroid problems, or gastrointestinal disorders. On the other hand, sudden weight gain may suggest hormonal imbalances or metabolic disorders. A veterinarian can conduct the necessary tests and provide appropriate treatment.

Changes in behaviour or mood:

Uncharacteristic aggression, excessive restlessness, disorientation, or increased anxiety may indicate pain or neurological problems. Besides, check if your dog shows signs of discomfort when touched, has difficulty standing or walking, or is constantly licking or scratching a particular area.

Being attuned to your dog’s health and recognizing signs of distress is crucial in providing them with the care they need. Henlow Veterinary Centre offers excellent treatment and care to dogs and other pets. You can trust us if you’re looking for qualified vets in Hertfordshire. Book an appointment with us today for your dog’s better health.

Dr Andre Costa Pereira

Orthopaedic & Soft Tissue Expert

Andre graduated in 2011 and has been working
in the UK since 2013.

Since moving to the UK he has been working in busy hospitals, while training for his certificate in order to ensure high surgical caseload. For the past 3 years he has been the lead surgeon for a large group taking surgical referrals from the other clinics within the group.

He has attended many international congresses and courses to be up to speed with the most recent techniques and has trained with some of the best surgeons in the field.

He enjoys all aspects of soft tissue and orthopedics, but has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, BOAS (brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome) and traumatology.

He has a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Surgery and is an Advanced Practitioner in small animal surgery.

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