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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore These Five Signs That Your Pet Might Be Sick

It would be wonderful sometimes if animals could talk, but instead, they can only show us with their appearance and behavior that they are not well. Being aware of what is normal and abnormal with your pet will allow you to recognize these symptoms of illness and seek veterinary help if necessary.

Vomiting and Diarrhea
Dogs and cats vomit occasionally when they are not sick. If your pet is vomiting several times a day, has no appetite and is acting lethargic, it is usually serious. Digested blood in vomit resembles ground coffee and could be a sign of internal injury from swallowing a foreign object or a gastric ulcer. Diarrhea and vomiting may also stem from a parasite infection or gastrointestinal issues that need immediate attention.

Lethargy and Lack of Appetite
Stress, fever and pain may cause your pet to stop eating and become lethargic. A complete lack of appetite for more than 24 hours indicates a need for veterinary care. Cats who go over 48 hours without eating may develop a fatty liver, which can be life-threatening, especially in overweight cats. Lethargy may signal a major illness such as heart disease.

Change in Urination Frequency
Excessive urination and thirst are possible signs of diabetes. One symptom of kidney, liver or adrenal gland problems is increased urination. If your animal is not urinating regularly or shows signs of pain or straining to urinate, it may signal urinary tract problems or a blockage such as bladder stones. Cats are especially prone to bladder stones and crystals in the bladder. Crystals plugging the bladder can become life-threatening in male cats in as little as 24 hours.

Skin Problems
Common causes of hair loss or itching are ticks, mange mites, ear mites and fleas. Harder to diagnose causes include yeast or fungal infections, endocrine problems or staph infections. Your vet will take a skin or blood sample for lab analysis and proper diagnosis. While some minor problems like dry skin might be the culprit, there are many serious issues that can be associated with the symptoms and should first be ruled out or treated.

Hiding or Disappearing
You have probably heard about animals going off to die, and that does happen. Cats especially prefer to hide when they are ill. Sick animals will seek someplace dark and confined, such as behind and under furniture, in closets and in cardboard boxes and laundry baskets. Be sure to take to your pet to the vet if you notice any unusual behavior such as this.

Any drastic change in behavior in your pet may indicate a serious condition. Don’t wait until it is too late to save them. Seek veterinary care early when problems can be solved more easily and your pet can be returned to a healthy state.

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