Warning Signs of Illness in Pets
As a general guide, if you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, you should see a vet and have them checked out.
- Abnormal swellings that continue to grow.
- Sores or ulcers that do not heal in two weeks (Check the ear tips and nose of white animals – cats and dogs).
- Chronic dermatitis and hair loss
- Weight loss, loss of appetite, energy loss or pale membranes.
- Bad breath, loose teeth, offensive odour, chronic sneezing, or runny eyes or any discharge.
- Difficulty eating or swallowing, salivation and/or vomiting and diarrhea.
- Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
- Trouble walking, hesitation to exercise or lethargy
- Persistent lameness or stiffness – Check if legs bear weight or if they are held up off the ground.
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening.
- Increased water intake or urine output
If you are concerned something is not right with your pet – trust your instincts!