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WHEN TO CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN!
For Maltese owners who are uncertain when to call the veterinarian. Sometimes time can mean a matter of life and death.
Know when to call your veterinarian!
- Birth defects
- Burns: often difficult to assess depth and extent
- Choking: appears distressed, extends head and neck, salivates, coughs, paws the mouth
- Collapse or loss of balance: Depression, staggering, falling over, walking in circles, rigidity, unable to get up
- Difficulty breathing: noisy breathing, blue tongue, gasping
- Continual straining: attempting to defaecate or urinate with little or no result
- Heavy bleeding: from any part of the body. Apply pressure
- Injury: puncture wound, exposed bone, lameness, pain
- Pain: severe, continous or spasmadic
- Itching: uncontrollable scratching, biting at the skin, bleeding
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea: severe for more than two to three days
- Poisoning: chemical, snake, spider or plant, retain for veterinarian to identify type of poisoning
CALL SAME DAY
- Breathing difficulties: laboured, rapid or shallow
- Diarrhea: fluid and/or putrid
- Eye problems: eyelids partially or completely closed, cornea cloudy, tears streaming down cheeks
- Itching: biting, scratching, hair loss, skin red and inflammed
- Frost bite (hypothermia): low body temperature, wrap in blankets to keep warm
- Swelling: hard and painful
- Swallowed object: better to assess earlier
- Vomiting: vomitimg associated with lethargy
WAIT 24 HOURS BEFORE CALLING When in doubt--
Always call !
- Diarrhea: no signs of abdominal pain or blood
- Itching: moderate, no sign of skin damage
- Odor: unpleasent odor, other than a soiled coat
- Vomiting: on 2-3 occations, no other symptoms
- Lameness: depressed but not affecting eating or other bodily functions