Should you go to the emergency vet? How can a pet parent tell if their pet needs to go to the emergency vet or if it can wait until the regular vet is open in the morning. You need to know your pet! No one wants to go to the emergency vet, but when my mom gets scared, we head over there. Bailie and Mom landed at the after hours emergency clinic one night last week.
If you know Bailie personally, or from photos here online, you know she is an energetic, happy go lucky girl. She is three and full of energy. Mom noticed around my birthday that Bailie appeared a bit tired, but we have been real busy, so it wasn’t anything alarming. Tuesday, Bailie was acting odd. She didn’t come downstairs in the morning, she didn’t want to go for a walk, but she ate her breakfast then then settled in for her usual morning nap.
Bailie didn’t want to go outside at all during the day, didn’t want to walk in the evening, refused treats and dinner. At this point, Mom decided to take Bailie to the vet the next morning as something wasn’t right. She had dinner plans, but when she returned a couple hours later, Bailie was really not well. She was curled up in a small ball, sometimes she was shaking, she was drooling a lot, her eyes were glazed, and she could barely get up or move. That was it! Mom packed her up and off then went to the emergency vet.
The place was full at 8pm. They waited two hours to get into an exam room, but Bailie just laid there in a ball. People and dogs were coming and going, she didn’t even try to get up to say “hi”, very out of character for Bailie. After running tests, and doing lots of poking and prodding, they concluded at around 1am that she was very healthy except she only had 80,000 platelets. Normal is 200,000 to 500,000. 50,000 is dangerously low, and at 30,000 a dog can bleed to death internally. Mom was terrified. They decided Bailie could go home and see an immune specialist in the morning at 8am. According to the vet, she had developed an immune system disease which if not treated quickly could kill her.
Mom didn’t sleep a wink, and Bailie was no better when they saw the specialist in the morning. You can see from the photos, Bailie was not herself at all, and her body was looking like it was in pain too. Bailie spent the day at the clinic getting all kinds of tests, but nothing could be found. Her platelet count went up to 130,000 which was good, but what was ailing her? The specialist and mom both feel it might be a tick disease of some sort as she had all the symptoms. Remember even tick treatments are never 100% protection, and despite never seeing a tick on her it could have happened. Bailie started taking medication and will continue for four weeks. After just 1 1/2 days she was pretty much back to normal!
We don’t know what would have happened if Mom had not taken her to the emergency vet, but her gut feeling was right. Something was very wrong with Bailie. Tuesday we were at our vet for our yearly check ups and her platelets were tested again. She is now up to 284,000 just a week after the low count of 80,000. We are very relieved. We may never know what was ailing Bailie, but we are thankful she seems to be back to normal. We are hopeful she doesn’t have an immune system disease, and we are grateful there are emergency vet clinics when one needs them.