11 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore
11 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore
Have you ever wondered what symptoms indicate your pet needs a trip to the vet? Our doctors have helped put together the list below of the top 11 symptoms you should never ignore:
Loss of appetite – Loss of appetite is often the first indicator of a pet’s illness or that they are in pain. However, pets sometimes will refuse to eat for less serious reasons such as moving to a new home, dislike of a new food or for behavioral reasons.
Unexplained weight loss – Have you noticed your pet eating more, but has been losing weight? Or, has you pet’s appetite and activity levels remained the same and they are losing weight? Weight loss of more than 10% than a patient’s normal weight is considered clinically significant and warrants a trip to the vet.
Inappropriate urination including excessive urination and a decrease in urine output – If your pet suddenly begins going to the bathroom in places they wouldn’t normally go (ex: outside the litterbox, urinating indoors), has excessive urination or a decrease in urine output, it could be a sign that your pet has a urinary tract infection or another illness.
Vomiting lasting more than 24hrs – Vomiting occasionally is not uncommon in pets, but if your pet has vomiting that lasts for more than 24 hours, a trip to the vet is necessary. Additionally, if your pet begins vomiting continuously, your pet should be seen by a vet.
Any change in respiratory effort especially open mouth breathing in cats – If your pet has a sudden change in their breathing – labored breathing, shortness of breath or opened mouth breathing (cats), you should have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian immediately.
Changes in the eye including cloudiness or eye discharge – Pets, like their humans, can develop conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma. Any change in your pet’s eye should be evaluated by your veterinarian to determine the source of the problem. Untreated eye issues could lead to permanent damage or blindness.
Seizures – Seizures are abnormal, uncontrolled bursts of electrical activity in the brain and often indicates an underlying illness. Your pet should be evaluated immediately by your vet, particularly if it’s the first time your pet has had a seizure or if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
Loss of balance or coordination – If your pet is suddenly falling over, struggling to maintain a balanced posture, walking as if they are medicated or begins holding their head at a tilt, it could be indicative of issues with the inner ear, brain or neurological deficiencies. Circling is also indicative of a serious issue.
Significant change in energy – Has your normally playful and active pet has suddenly started acting tired, sluggish or appears to “not be quite themselves”? , it could be due to an underlying medical condition such as hypothyroidism, pain, anxiety.
Pale gums – Pale pink or white gums can indicate serious medical issues including toxin ingestion, chronic kidney failure and internal bleeding – all requiring immediate veterinary care.
Distended abdomen – Abdominal distention can occur due to something as simple as your pet overeating or as serious as a life-threatening medical emergency. It is important that you seek immediate veterinary care for your pet, particularly if the abdomen has distended suddenly or has occurred over a period of days as this could be indicative of a medical emergency. Other symptoms to watch for in addition to abdominal distention are pacing, collapse, vomiting, unproductive retching and pale gums.
If your pet displays any of the above symptoms, please contact us immediately.