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10 Signs Your Pet Needs the Vet

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Make sure you are able to observe the urinary habits of your pet.

#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.

Bad breath is a sign of illness.

#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.

Pay close attention to the subtle signs and follow your intuition.

#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.

Brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue charity.

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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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