When do you decide to go to the vet?

@TessWhite (3147)
United States
July 16, 2008 10:17am CST
As many of you know I have three dogs. Two chihuahuas and a german shepherd. The female chi isn't acting like her normal self. Frequently she starts yelping for no apparent reason. She is walking around with her head down and tail between her legs. She seems to be eating and drinking fine. I've felt her from head to toe and I can see nothing wrong with her. And the last two days she has been hiding under the bed alot. She was spayed, so no she isn't pregnant. I keep wondering if I should take her in even though I can see nothing wrong with her. My vet (as are most) is famous for running alot of tests and such and racking up a huge bill. Right now my finances are stretched pretty thin so I'd struggle to pay the entire bill at time of service like they prefer. Do you guys think I need to take her in? Or would you just continue to observe her for a day or so?
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@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I'm glad you called the vet. This would definitely make me take my pet to the vet. She is acting as if she were in pain. You said she isn't jumping up on things like she used to. You are doing the right thing. Vets, like people doctors, find it difficult to diagnose over the phone. I would let them do a blood test. Lots of things can be discovered from a blood test. Good luck with your little doggie.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Thanks for responding. :)
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Hi Tess, you sound so like me!! I have a male chihuahua and two female mixed breed chihuahua's and my german shepherd was stolen about two years ago. Getting back to your poor one, yes definetly take her to the vet because it could be internal. The vet knows what to feel for so definetly take her to the vet. Now there is a credit card that is truely a miracle to have when in need and it's called "Care Credit" which does not charge interest if the bill is paid in full by the end of the year. I have it now due to my siamese cat getting hit by a car and I'd be up a bad creek without it. Ask the vet about it and I'm pretty sure they'll know and help you apply for it. Let me know how it goes!
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
16 Jul 08
If that vet is closed then call another one. It could be something that you can't wait on but then again it may be but you won't know unless you take her in. To me, a vet is a vet as long as they're a good one.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
16 Jul 08
My vet only takes checks or cash, so the care credit wouldn't work. I think I had that once before in another state - it sounds so familiar. I may have to change vets. Mine just isn't all that sympathetic at times.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Oh gosh, I've heard of vets not being sympathic before but for the life of me, I can't understand it. Why in the world did they become vets then? In that case, I'd be sure to change vets. You definetly don't want one who doesn't care or have bedside manners.
@MOMMASAM (1004)
• United States
17 Jul 08
is it possible she got "stepped" on by the german shepherd? The Purina.com has a vet answering question section. look there. i would make sure she is urinating properly, too. moving her bowels properly? do you notice anything with the urine or feces? are her eyes clear? does she like and want to be held? i'd watch ... the yelping may indicate pain...and this would be 48+ hours. for what it's worth, some vets will actually appreciate your telling them you are having financial difficulties. they would rather get a down payment make you stay away.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Oh its quite possible he stepped on her - it wouldn't be the first. She is usually pretty good about staying out of his way. But he loves her and when he accidentally steps on her and she yelps he is the first one there to check on her. As for wanting to be held, not really - and that in itself is unusual. Yep, gonna take her in today. Thanks.
@MOMMASAM (1004)
• United States
18 Jul 08
oh, i wondered all day how your dog is. did you go to the vet? oh, i pray there is nothing major !
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
18 Jul 08
maybe it feels depressed or neglected? maybe she needs more attention and holding her more... how old is the chihuahua? maybe she has old age problems? watch her a little longer to see if she acts or reacts different from normal to see if you should take her in, or it is just psychological...
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Thanks for the concern. She is only 5. But she went to the vet yesterday and we found out its a back issue. So she is receiving treatment and doing better already.
• United States
17 Jul 08
It is always better to be safe than sorry. I would take her in and have her checked if you haven't already. Then your mind will be at ease.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Thanks, yes she saw the vet yesterday and is better today.
@Muelitz (1592)
• Canada
17 Jul 08
Tyson - -
Taking care of animals specially cats and dogs are like caring for your babies/kids. When they are growing up you have to regularly bring them to a doctor. If your dogs are not sick the it will just be a routine check-up. But they have to be given shots like anti-rabies, etc. But if they suspect your dog has a problem, it is really necessary to perform some tests which as you have mentioned is expensive. But that is reality, everything costs much. If you doubt your vets diagnosis, don make him do the tests and ask for a second opinion.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Yes, I do realize they need check ups. Mine go in every 5 weeks for a nail trim. Plus they go in every year for their vacinations also. Then there are the monthly heartworm and flea treatment deals. Mine aren't neglected. LOL Thanks for your reply.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
Hi there! If my pets seems to be acting strange in a day or two I'd bring them to the vet just to be sure that theres nothing wrong them. Sometime I call first the vet and describe to him the situation and from there he can tell if its alarming or not. I think you should take her to the vet. You don't really know whats going on with her. Animals don't talk like kids so its more difficult to know what they feel and where it hurts. To avoid further damage on your pet better take her to the vet. Especially if your pet has medical history problems. Ciao!
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Little Abby doesn't really have a history of medical problems other than a slight thyroid condition. But yes I'll be taking her in today. Thanks. :)
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Since I have small pets which tend to hide their illnesses, I take them in immediately once something shows up. If you don't like your normal vet's procedures, try another vet that might be able to do the least amount of tests possible rather than testing for everything at once.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Thanks for responding. :)
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
17 Jul 08
Yes, if I felt an animal was in some kind of discomfort, I'd definitely take them in. Maybe you could explain to the vet you'd rather he didn't run tests which are probably unnecessary, just for the sake of it. Maybe the little dog has a thorn or burr stuck somewhere where you can't find it easily? Something stuck in her ear? It's good that she's eating and drinking, so maybe it's something simple the vet will find quickly. Good luck!
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I've checked her from head to toe - literally. Down south here we have some nasty spiders and fire ants, plus really sharp burrs. So I keep a close eye on my babies to watch for bites or stings etc. She has no marks on her at all, ears are clean. It may have been a tummy problem, but we'll find out tomorrow I hope when the vet opens. She does seem a little bit better tonight, but still not very perky.
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Hi my friend I'm sorry to hear one of your babies isn't feeling right. My vet knows me so well, with my five dogs, that if I was in your situation and this has been going on for more than 24 hours, I'd at least give your vet a call. Most vets won't charge you anything to call to ask for an opinion. If the vet asks you to bring your chi into the office, explain to him/her first hand your financial problem and see if they can offer you some type of payment plan. If I have a problem with one of my kids and have to go to see the vet for something that to me is clueless, she'll usually say well we can do this and it will cost this much and then go one step at a time. or we can do this, this and this. She usually lets me decide how far I want to go with it. She knows I struggle financially and also knows how I feel about my dogs and that I want the best for them so we try to work it out. Fortunately, knock on wood, my furry kids don't get sick that often that they have to go to the vet. They are getting older though now and I suppose in the future I may be making more trips to the vet. Please keep me up to date how your chi is doing by private message if you don't mind. I always worry about friend's pets. I hope she gets to feeling better soon. Have a great evening, Char
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Thanks Char. I may have figured out the problem, not sure yet. Tonight she had an accident in the bedroom. I'm thinking she may have been constipated. Now she seems to be a little bit better. She has even wagged her tail a few times. She's not 100 percent though, so tomorrow when they re-open I'll give them a call.
@moxalot (100)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I would call the vet. Animals are instinctively stoic, they don't show pain/weakness. When my pets are acting differently I bring them in. Maybe your vet can work out a payment plan. I hope your little one feels better soon... Best Wishes...
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Thanks. My little girl isn't the least bit stoic. She cries even when her nails are trimmed. LOL
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I go when they began acting different for days or you notice any signs of them being sick.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Thanks for responding. Maybe I'll call the vet and see what they think. Wanna bet they say bring her in?
• United States
12 Apr 09
I just recently went on vacation to My Cousin's house, And brought my two Chihuahua's with me. My idiotic Mother dropped a retractable leach handle on my dog's head. Buster, The one it happened to, Now seems to be sqwaking in pain. I have taken him to the vet where they did numerous tests on him and nothing at all came back positive!! He was given a blood tests, One for general purposes and one for pancretitis. They took x-rays as well, They couldn't find anything! The problem is still there. I do not know what to do and I am going completely out of my mind!! I need frigging help with this. I am thinking it is a mental problem now with him. Everytime he has been hurt, He will sqwak, But this takes the cake. He has never yelped for no apparent reason this long of time. It is almost a week since this has been going on! He did this a few days when he fell on his head and eye off the couch last year, But got over it. He also did this whenever I would put him in my arms on his back, But got over it within a few days. This is just driving me insane! I want him to be alright and get over whatever fear he has. Jesus Chris, I wish someone would help me!