When to See the Veterinarian (for Dogs)

When to bring your dog to the Veterinarian:

    • Sustained, significant increase in water consumption.
    • Weight loss.
    • Significant decrease in appetite or failure to eat for more than 2 consecutive days.
    • Repeated vomiting.
    • Diarrhea for more than 2 days.
    • Persistent coughing gagging or panting.
    • Hair loss.
    • Itching
    • Seizures.
    • Reluctance or inability to chew food.
    • Inability to urinate or move bowels, or pain or blood with urination/defecation.
    • General Pain.
    • Limping

***NEVER give human medication to your dog unless instructed to do so by a Veterinarian.

It may be an emergency if your dog exhibits any of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing, noisy respiration, blue tongue, gasping for breath.
  • Bleeding that does not stop from any part of the body; apply pressure with a clean cloth and go!
  • Bloated or distended abdomen or swollen or painful abdomen with or without vomiting.
  • Heatstroke heavy panting, extreme weakness, body temperature about 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Inability to deliver puppies or kittens, labor contractions for longer than one hour or, more than 15 minutes of labor with the fetus or membrane showing.
  • Loss of balance or consciousness or seizure, including tremors, coma, staggering, convulsions, sudden blindness, tilting of the head, biting at imaginary objects, sudden changes in disposition such as unusual withdrawal or out-of-character aggressiveness.
  • Major trauma, injury, or shock from falls, vehicle accidents, wounds, cuts, broken bones
  • Signs of collapse, bewildered appearance, dilated pupils.
  • Ingested poison; bring the container or the commercial or chemical name of the product or a list of ingredients if you have it.
  • Penetrating wounds anyplace, but especially in the chest or abdomen.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea with blood or violent episodes.
  • Facial swellling

Call (512) 251-BARK or email us anytime you observe a potential problem or need additional information or advice.

Veterinary Services for Dogs


It is important that your dog be vaccinated at all stages of her life. We recommend several vaccines for your dog including Distemper/Parvo, Parainfluenza and Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Rabies, and others like Lymes Disease and Rattlesnake bites. Learn more at Dog Vaccination Services.

Parasite Prevention

There are numerous parasites that can “bug” your dog. Learn more about heartworm, flea, and intestinal parasite prevention for your dog at Dog Flea & Parasite Control.

Dental Care

Dental exams, routine use of dental chews, specially designed dental-health diets and professional dental scaling/polishing are important for a healthy mouth. Learn more at Dental Care for Dogs.

Nutrition & Weight Management

Expert guidance on your dog’s nutrition and weight management. Whether you’re trying to control obesity in your dog or simply trying to ensure the best nutritional balance for your specific breed, our veterinary staff can help. Learn more at Nutrition & Weight Management for Dogs.


Spaying or neutering your dog will help prevent overpopulation. Spaying/neutering also provides other benefits for your pet. Learn more at Dog Spraying/Neutering.

Senior Care

We have specially priced senior diagnostic packages to help you manage the health of your senior dog. Learn more at Senior Care for Dogs.

Call (512) 251-BARK or email us anytime you observe a potential problem or need additional information or advice.