Frequently Asked Pet Health Questions?

My Dog Has Eaten Chocolate... - Do We Need To See A Vet?

YES! - and time is of the essence! Do not wait for symptoms to appear... If your dog has eaten chocolate, contact us immediately.

Please take note of the type of chocolate (bakers chocolate, semi-sweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate), and the amount consumed. It is best if you can bring the packaging with you when you arrive at our clinic.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include:

  • Nervous energy & excitement,
  • Extreme thirst/frequent urination,
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea,
  • Spasms or seizures.

Call immediately: Merritt Animal Hospital (Chatham): 519-360-4508 | Dresden Veterinary Clinic: 519-683-4508 | Sydenham River (Wallaceburg): 519-627-7070 | After Hours Emergency: 226-626-5205.

I Think My Pet Is In Pain - Can I Give Him Aspirin/Tylenol?

While Aspirin is occasionally used for arthritis in dogs, it must be carefully monitored by a vet. Dog's intestines are very sensitive to Aspirin. Tylenol is toxic to pets and should never be administered.

While it's difficult to know your pet is in pain, there are much better and safer pain management options available, just give us a call.

My Pet Has Trouble Urinating - Is There Something Wrong?

Difficulty urinating may be a sign of a urinary tract blockage or infection. Time is of the essence if you notice symptoms of a urinary tract infection or blockage as they can quickly turn deadly.

Contact us IMMEDIATELY for help.

Here are more possible symptoms:

  • Difficulty urinating,
  • Painful urination (wincing or whining),
  • Foul smelling urine,
  • Blood in urine,
  • Cloudy urine,
  • Drinking and urinating more frequently,
  • Accidents, dribbling or leaking,
  • Decreased appetite,
  • vomiting or diarrhea.

Call immediately: Merritt Animal Hospital (Chatham): 519-360-4508 | Dresden Veterinary Clinic: 519-683-4508 | Sydenham River (Wallaceburg): 519-627-7070 | After Hours Emergency: 226-626-5205.

Reverse Sneezing - Why is my dog inhaling air forcefully?

Reverse sneezing is fairly common in dogs, and is not usually cause for alarm. It is caused by an irritation in the throat or respitory system.

Common causes include pulling on a leash, over-excitement, dripping nose, inhalation of an irritant, or smelling a strong smell.

Most of the time the situation corrects itself, and the dog returns to normal. If however the reverse sneezing is persistent, or is accompanied by bleeding or discharge, please book your dog in for an examination.

My Dog Has Bad Breath - But that's normal right?

No, persistent bad breath in a dog is not normal. In fact, bad breath in a dog may be a signal of a very serious health problem.

Diseased gums and oral cavity can easily spread infections through the bloodstream directly to your pet's vital organs.

The following are some symptoms of dental illness in a dog, many of which can easily go unnoticed:

  • Plaque or tarter build up,
  • Drooling with bad smelling saliva,
  • Reluctance while eating,
  • Loss of teeth,
  • Broken teeth,
  • Discolouration of teeth,
  • Swollen areas below the eyes.

If your pet has any of these symptoms, we recommend having a dental exam done to safeguard against serious health consequences.

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Merritt Animal Hospital

311 Merritt Ave., Chatham, ON


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1220 Wellington St, Dresden, ON


Sydenham Veterinary Office

1239 Dufferin Avenue #2, Wallaceburg, ON


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