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10 Signs Your Pet Needs the Vet

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Watch for changes in body language. Rabbits are prone to lacerations from tooth spurs as well as a condition called stasis, an urgent slow down of their digestive tract.

#4 Hesitation to Jump or Climb: A dog who begins to hesitate before jumping into the car or onto the bed may be experiencing arthritis, hip dysplasia or even early signs of neurological disease. It’s best to get an early look at these changes to offer comfort and to prevent progression of disease if possible.

Climbing stairs and getting into the car became difficult for Alex.

#5 Going into Hiding/ Becoming Quiet: If your normally social pet begins seeking more quiet time or begins sleeping a lot more, this can be a red flag indicating some form of pain or infection. This is a big one and you’ll want to begin paying careful attention to see if you can uncover any other changes so that you can report these to the vet as well. In fact, one cat who recently swallowed a long piece of string that was constricting his intestines was simply noted to be sitting quietly and not bouncing around as he usually does. This change had only begun that morning, but his eyes seemed to say something is wrong, and fortunately his very astute guardian rushed him to the vet where an x-ray revealed the foreign body and emergency surgery saved his life.

 

#6 Pee & Poo Indicators: Your animal’s bathroom habits are an excellent barometer of health which is why its critically important for pet guardians to observe their pets’ elimination behaviors. Frequent urination can indicate a variety of sneaky and serious health issues ranging from diabetes to urinary tract infection to kidney failure. In fact, in male cats, blockage of the urinary tract can suddenly occur and your cat will be unable to urinate despite desperate attempts. If your litter box is out of sight, you will not notice these red flags. You must see how often your cat is visiting the box. Daily cleaning of the box to look for appropriate quantity of urine is essential, but in multi-cat households, it’s harder to spot illness in a single cat through cleaning alone. Changes in bowel movements can indicate anything from simple parasitic infection to intestinal disease to gastrointestinal hemorrhaging. Black poo, poo with red blood or diarrhea that persists are all reasons to see the vet. (How to Assess Dog Poo)

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12:36PM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

thanks, noted

12:35PM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Thank You!!!!

5:22PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

thanks

6:56AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Thanks for the great article. I'm taking my pets to the vet tomorrow for their annual checkups. I will mention a few of these to the vet.

5:22AM PDT on Jul 21, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

10:40PM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

Good article. I am glad to see it includes other pets besides just cats & dogs, since many people have MA NY different types of pets.

8:53AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Grazie per la condivisione.

7:38AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

thank you for the interesting article,2/7

4:50AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Thank you.

11:37PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Really good advice, thanks.

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