#7 Bad Breath: Geriatric pets are not the only ones who can suffer from dental diseases. Even in kittens as young as four months old, severe dental disease can be present as a result of common viruses and severe pain, even exposed nerves, can evolve quickly. If your pet has foul breath, don’t play games with over-the-counter breath freshening tools. First, see your vet to find out if your pet has abscesses, broken teeth, gingival complications or other oral health conditions that could be causing pain and opening the window to additional disease of major organs including the heart. More on pet dental health.
#8 “False” Hairballs or Coughing: You’d be surprised at how much asthma in cats looks and sounds like a cat trying to cough up a fur ball. Many cat guardians miss the early signs of asthma because it appears so similar to the old ‘hair ball’ routine. Viral infections, heart diseases, asthma and worms are but a few of the reasons your pet may be coughing, wheezing or sneezing and it’s simply impossible for pet owners to make these determinations on their own.
#9 Itching: Sometimes food allergies, environmental allergies or external parasites cause itching. Particularly if you pet is itching at his ears and wincing, painful ear mites or yeast overgrowth may be present.
#10 Not Your Average Vomit: Pets do vomit occasionally, but sometimes vomit is an indicator of an emergency ranging from poisoning, an ingested foreign object or serious illness. In fact, retching unproductively can also indicate a severe condition in dogs in which their stomach is twisted. For the full skinny of pet vomiting and what to look out for, see this quick article by By Dr. Emily Coatney-Smith.
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