A vet has revealed the signs all dog owners should look out for that could help their pets avoid serious illness — and even save their lives.
Dr. Hunter Finn, owner of Pet Method Animal Hospital in McKinney, Texas, has more than one 2.2 million followers on TikTokwhere he offers a glimpse into his life as a veterinarian and expert advice.
In a recent video, the vet warned dog lovers about puppies taking a “drunken walk.”
The short clip shows a conversation between a pet owner and a veterinarian, with Dr. Finn plays both roles.
Dr. Hunter Finn from Texas has over 2.2 million followers on TikTok. In a recent video, the vet warned dog lovers about puppies taking a “drunken walk.”
“So my dog hasn’t been jumping on and off the couch lately,” says the owner.
he seems [in pain] not at all?’ responds the vet.
“No, but he walks like he’s drunk,” the owner tells him.
Dr. Finn then warns, “Take that dog to the vet now.”
The caption of his video, which has more than 29,000 views at the time of writing, reads, “Lots of things can cause this, but [you] want to get a full assessment of your dog’s spinal cord from a vet as soon as possible.”
It prompted other people to share similar stories about what happened to their pets.
“My seven-month-old boxer ended up with meningitis. I didn’t even know that was a thing with dogs,” said one animal lover.
“Ours ended up being Wobblers Syndrome in our Mastiff,” added another.
Dr. Finn owns Pet Method Animal Hospital in McKinney, Texas, and shares a glimpse into his life as a veterinarian and expert advice
“Mine was five and it was terminal brain cancer,” a third TikTok user wrote.
The two warning signs that dog owners should watch out for
Dr. Hunter Finn explains that a dog that is ‘running drunk’ should seek medical attention: ‘Lots of things can cause this, but [you] want a full assessment of your dog’s spinal cord…ASAP’
Throw up “nothing”.
It can be a symptom of bloating or gastric dilatation volvulus, which can be fatal if left untreated
Someone else said, “Yeahhhh doxie owner and IVDD (intervertebral disc disease) is no fun.. 10k later… but he’s completely cured!”
IVDD is a spinal condition that can occur when a dog’s disc is torn, slipped, bulging or herniated, Carolina veterinary specialists explained.
In another video, Dr. Finn talks about another common symptom dog owners encounter: “an upset stomach.”
He has another video stitched by the creator @kylie.sonnet who revealed they had lost their dog.
The clip opens with a photo of their dog captioned, “He just has an upset stomach, he’ll be fine.” [tomorrow].’
It then cuts to a sympathy card and the dog’s used chew toy next to some flowers on a table.
Dr. Finn weighs in by saying, ‘I’m so sorry to anyone this has ever happened to and if you look in the comments on that video you’ll see a lot of people who have happened to similar circumstances. It’s very, very sad.’
He continued, “If my one takeaway is for people, it’s like knowing your pet better than anyone else.” I’m a vet and you know your pet better than I do.
In another video, Dr. Finn (right) talks about another common symptom dog owners encounter, ‘an upset stomach’, after @kylie.sonnet revealed they lost their dog (left)
“If you think something is wrong, just take them in for a checkup, because even though everything is not salvageable all the time, it will help you with some of that guilt and pain you feel afterwards.”
‘And who knows we can make it, maybe we can catch Charlie, maybe we can do something. So remember if you’re worried don’t wait, don’t Google, go ahead and get them checked.”
Dr. Finn also warns people about another bloating scenario, known as gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV).
In this role play videoa conversation ensues with a dog owner who explains that their pet ‘keeps throwing up, but nothing comes out’.
The vet then asks, “Does he have a deep chest and has he recently eaten a large meal?”
“Yeah and he got the zoomies after that, do you think it’s bloating?” responds the owner.
The vet, on the other hand, is urging people to seek immediate medical attention, adding as a caption, “GDV is a serious illness that is a true emergency.”
The condition occurs “when a dog’s stomach fills with gas, food or liquid and then twists,” according to the Veterinary Medical Center of Central New Yorkand it can be fatal if left untreated.