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This Morning viewers shocked: Vet sends dog for emergency treatment on live call

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A vet hosting a call-in session on morning television told one owner to take her dog straight to the animal hospital after she explained her pet's worrying symptoms.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 21/10/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

TV vet Dr Scott recently appeared on This Morning. Alongside hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Dr Scott took calls from viewers looking to get their pet queries answered by an expert.

After the first few calls, Eamonn introduced Laura from Scarborough. She had some questions about her nine-year-year-old Labrador's tummy. "She's got a swollen tummy, and it's just getting worse," said Laura.

Get to the vet, now!

The news made Dr Scott grimace, and he jumped into the conversation.

"That is really worrying," said Dr Scott. "I'm glad you called, but your local vet will want to hear from you because that's quite concerning. So put the phone down and call your vet straight away."

Expert advice: Here's what vets have to say about abdominal pain in dogs.

Like any good medical professional, Dr Scott struck the right balance between a firm and caring tone. But some viewers weren't so kind. Many of them couldn't believe why anyone would call into a TV show rather than take their dog to the vets.

Things every owner should know

"Why call a tv show? What is the matter with people? If your dog is that poorly phone the bloody vet," tweeted one viewer. 

It seems like Laura from Scarborough was more naive than anything else. But her story highlights why every owner needs to educate themselves about pooch welfare. Vets often refer to a swollen stomach as "the mother of all emergencies." It can be a sign of several serious health issues, including gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV). If left untreated, GDV is often fatal.

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