It is sometimes difficult to determine if your pet is sick; after all, they can’t tell you if they are feeling bad. You want to keep your pet healthy, and the easiest way to do that is by recognizing the earliest signs that your pet may not be at his best. Fortunately, there are some things you can look for that indicate it may be time to visit the vet.
Changes in Eating or Drinking
All pets have their own mealtime behavior. Just because your pet picks at his food does not necessarily mean he is sick. However, if this is not normal behavior, it may be a sign that something is not right.
Changes in drinking behavior can also indicate an issue. For example, extreme thirst can be an early symptom that something is wrong. Sudden weight loss is always a sign of concern as well.
Changes in Behavior
A dog that is typically full of energy that suddenly spends more time sleeping may not be feeling well. More subtle changes in behavior, such as not coming normally when called or not wanting to play favorite games, can also indicate something is wrong. Finally, some animals become grumpy or avoid their family when they aren’t feeling well.
Changes in Appearance
Changes in coat condition, such as excessive shedding, or a sudden rough, dry appearance, may indicate your pet is feeling under the weather. You may also notice changes in the eyes, whether they start to run, look red, or are cloudy.
Signs of an Emergency
Some signs that something is wrong are not so subtle. It is important to recognize signs of a medical emergency quickly. Signs you should visit your veterinarian immediately include vomiting several times in a row, diarrhea, excessive panting, difficulty breathing, collapsing, or seizures.
If your pet seems to be in pain, indicated by limping, favoring one body part, or showing pain when touched, you should also contact Chadwell Animal Hospital or a veterinarian in your area.
As you can see, there are a variety of signs your pet is not feeling its best and should visit the doctor. The biggest indicator of illness is a change in normal behavior, whether it is changes in activity level or appetite. If you are unsure about whether your pet needs medical attention, call the office. They can listen to your concerns and help you determine if your pet needs to come in immediately.