Every pet owner knows how precious these little fluffy bears can be. They become apples to their owner’s eyes. They are treated and loved like one’s own child and family member. And we all know how stressful and painful it is to see them suffer from illness. These poor little creatures can’t even express their problems or speak about where it hurts. So one has to be observant about the few symptoms and changes they show like- lethargy, inactiveness, no response, low appetite, bathroom habits, whining, etc. So let’s discuss some of the most common and yet crucial symptoms that your pet might show that will indicate whether or not you should visit the vet.
1. Abnormal toilet habits:
It’s perhaps the most basic and visual indicator of the illness of your pet. During your walks, if you notice your pet has unusual toilet habits, for example, they have very loose or discolored, even the slightest of change like a few spots of blood could be an indicator of a severe illness. Hence one must always is careful and sharp-eyed when attending their pet’s toilet habits. Many hidden yet severe problems come to surface in your pet’s poop and genitals. As soon as you note some changes, its best to visit the vet since it is an SOS situation.
2. Consuming more than usual water:
This is perhaps a shocker for many. We all associate poor appetite, laziness and abnormal toilet habits as a large indicator of illness, while this very basic symptom of excess water intake goes unnoticed. Excess water in taking is a common indicator in humans and animals of an underlying problem within the kidney or a sign of diabetes. So if you notice your pet demanding excess water, or has suddenly started consuming more than usual water levels, it is time to give a visit to a dog veterinarian.
3. Vomiting more than once in a day:
It is a general response of our pets to someday vomit due to indigestion or reasons otherwise not so serious. However, if your pet has been vomiting twice or more in 12 hours, this could be a sign of danger. It could depict diseases that affect the endocrine and gastrointestinal areas. This could be fatal for their health, even lead to sudden death. Hence, you should be quick to visit the dog veterinarian and have a thorough analysis of the disease and its cause.
4. Loss of appetite:
Just like humans, even animals lose their cravings for food and general appetite when they are ill. Sometimes the weather conditions may also bring this change but other times this could be a critical sign of your pet suffering from any illness. If your pet hasn’t had food for 1 or more days, it is a definite symptom of a mouth disease or problems in the gastrointestinal system that needs quick diagnosis and treatment. During this period, they wouldn’t even have their most favored food, and well, heartbreaking as it is, that’s how you can understand the difference between them being disinterested in the food and them feeling lack of appetite.
5. Cat’s panting for a prolonged time:
Usually, your cat may pant for a short period of time after doing a chase or coming indoors after some adventures. But if you notice your cat finding it hard to breathe for a long time and which seems unusual, this could indicate severe respiratory issues. These issues could be related to diseases like Asthma and heart disorders. Both the category of body parts need immediate attention and recovery to prevent any fatal harm to your cat. Visiting the vet and asking them for quick analysis and treatment could save you and your pet from a very dangerous situation.
6. Unusual change in eyes:
You recognize those puppy eyes as well as you recognize your own body. Those puppy eyes that are mind soothing to you may change or get discolored when your pet falls sick. One has to be careful of their pet’s eyes, as their eyes do talk louder than words and barks. One has to be observant if their pet has any eye discharge or eyes that seem droopy. You can also look for a third eyelid covering your pet’s eyes. This all could save your pet from any conditions that may have arisen in your pet’s eyes.
7. Super hyperactivity:
Some pets are born hyperactive, they can’t just sit still. Such pets owners can sometimes overlook their pet’s normal hyperactive behavior and super abnormal hyperactive behavior. If your pet is behaving actively, but it is unusual and not similar to their pattern of hyperactivity, you should be alarmed. This could be a sign of discomfort the pet must be feeling. Many a time this sign goes unnoticed because everyone enjoys their pet having a good time, but sometimes it is just not normal, and that’s when you should get worried. Their hyperactivity could lead to aggression and may you take you by surprise. But be calm at such situations and try to understand that your pet must be in pain. Once they settle down, take them down to the dog veterinarian.
8. Tufts of hair or bald patches:
Bald patches aren’t only a human concern, animals having bald patches or losing tufts of hair may indicate deficiencies in their thyroid gland. This could be a dangerous and fatal situation. It could also mean, your pet is a house for tics and fleas. They lead to many other problematic situations like tic fever that can also lead to unending fatal problems. Save your pet’s beautiful fur from such infectious parasites. So, regularly get your pet checked by a vet if their pet is free from ticks and fleas.
It is a curse they can’t tell their sufferings out loud, but you can do your bit by reading between the lines and unsaid words of your pet. All these symptoms are a warrant to visit the vet and treat your lovely small family members for betterment.