5 Signs Your Pet Needs Medical Attention
Maybe the most challenging aspect of having a pet is the lack of communication. You don’t know what your pet is thinking because they cannot physically tell you. If your dog or cat is in pain or even facing a major health problem, you won’t know that something is wrong until they are displaying visible signs of the problem. It is up to us, as responsible pet owners, to be able to pick up on these signs and ensure that our animal friends are living the healthiest conditions possible. Here are five signs your pet needs medical attention.
1. The animal has difficulty breathing
Abnormal breathing is a symptom of an array of problems. Both rapid panting and labored breathing are sure signs of trouble. There could be something wrong with your pet’s respiratory system, chest, liver, nose, or windpipe.
2. The animal refuses to eat for more than one day
A pet who refuses to eat could be a sign of either physical or psychological issues. According to an Animal Hospital in St Petersburg, animals can experience a lowered appetite when they are feeling anxious or are going through a life-altering event. Initially, the best thing to do is to comfort your pet in the best way you can. If your pet still refuses to eat after more than one day, then it could become life endangering. That’s when it’s time to see a veterinarian.
3. The animal is continuously retching or vomiting
It’s common for animals, particularly cats, to occasionally vomit after they’ve eaten too much. That’s why it is important to monitor your pet’s food intake and watch whether they are receiving the correct amount. But if your pet is in the habit of vomiting everything he or she eats, it may be time to investigate the cause of this.
4. The animal is bleeding
Whether it comes from a wound, from diarrhea, or vomiting, blood is always a dangerous sign. Immediately visit an animal hospital if your pet is bleeding.
5. The animal is displaying strange or unusual behavior
Pay attention the moods of your pet. If he or she is acting scared, withdrawn, confused, disoriented or aggressive for extended periods of time, there is something wrong.
Pets are part of the family. We want them to live long, healthy lives. Paying attention to their mood and behavior can be a good way to identify problems early and get them resolved before they become price prohibitive. Take care of your furry friends, and they will take care of you.
“5 Signs Your Pet Needs Medical Attention”
Guest Writer: Rachael Murphey is a writer and entrepreneur living in Denver, Colorado with her dog Charlie. Follow her on Twitter.
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4 thoughts on “5 Signs Your Pet Needs Medical Attention”
Great advice! It seems like common sense on one hand, but I know that when faced with a couple of these, I’ve tried to rationalize it away.
I hear you! I’ve probably witnessed one or more of these signs with my pets, but I usually wait a bit to see if it will pass before I go to the Vet.