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How can I tell my pet is sick?

How to tell when your pet is sick?

Your pet cannot explain his symptoms, so it’s the responsibility of you and your veterinarian to keep him healthy. Pets are very good at hiding their illness so it is up to you to observe your pet for abnormalities.  

Common indications of a “sick pet” include:

  • Lethargy,
  • Disorientation,
  • Weakness,
  • Weight loss,
  • Seizure,
  • Lack of appetite,
  • Vomiting,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Unproductive retching,
  • Straining to urinate,
  • Bloody urine,
  • Difficulty or inability to walk,
  • Bleeding,
  • Change in behavior
  • Pale mucous membranes,
  • Difficulty breathing and
  • Persistent cough.

You know your pet best and can often notice subtle early warning signs that someone else may not detect. If you observe any of the mentioned symptoms or other signs that concern you, call your veterinary hospital. The safest approach would be to have your pet examined.


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