We get questions from time to time, asking for solutions in regards to their pets acting either strangely or appearing as if they are not fine. A lot of them get the standard response, "go to vet now". We can't blame them for the lack of ability to identify when a specific symptom can lead their pet to an even worse situation, in the next few minutes.

This question and this one, the posters took a few minutes to write their questions down, when they could have used this time to take the pet to the vet. But once again, in many situations, posters won't know they have to go to vet until someone leaves a little comment, around ten or more minutes later, saying that they should.

So, could we have a feature on this SE site which would catch out keywords from the poster's question's text box and display a message telling them to go to vet just in case, because every second is precious when they're in doubt? It is similar to the filter which tells us to provide more written information, other than links, when the majority of the answer is just links.

This wouldn't work if the poster does not have a vet near enough to get the pet transported, however even if the pet's symptoms turn out to be mild and not dangerous to life, the poster would have still gone to vet just in case. I think any pet owner would rather be safe than sorry afterwards.

Edit: Please let me know if this needs clearer explanation, I will gladly go over my question again and word it more clearly and provide an example screenshot once I can get my hands on my home computer.

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Often when you call the doctor's office, the answering machine starts with "if this is an emergency, dial 911...". The idea of reminding people not to leave a message about urgent health matter is well founded.

While I like the idea, and completely ignoring if/how StackExchange would implement it there are two issues I see.

  1. There is a big "how to ask" message when you ask a new question; based on many of the new questions, we see no one reads it, so they are unlikely to read yet another stagnate post (not your real question, I know).


  1. The rules to pick words from new questions - that would drive and display a pop-up message would be complex. In this post Generate "behaving abnormally" questions? my suggestion for a general post to manually point towards was found to be problematic. An automatic process would be even more difficult.

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