When it comes to hiding the symptoms of sickness, no one can win against pets. Your pet dog and cat are naturally gifted with the ability to hide their symptoms of sickness. However, as pet parents, it can be extremely traumatizing to discover a serious illness later, only to realize that your pet was, in fact, displaying symptoms from the onset which you failed to decipher. It is important to understand and acknowledge some common symptoms that can be connected to sickness so that you can get your pet examined on time and prevent complications in the future. Here are the top signs that your dog or cat may be sick.

Vomiting or Diarrhea

Occasionally your cat or dog is likely to throw up food that is not suitable for them without being seriously ill. Our pets have been gifted by nature to eliminate food that is not suitable for them. So if your kitty or pooch just enjoyed a playful time in the garden, ate a little junk and vomited up before going back to their usual shenanigans, there is nothing to worry about. But if you see visible lethargy, vomiting or diarrhea several times a day, you may want to seek a vet’s attention immediately. Another serious symptom is the presence of blood in stools or vomit. Swallowing a foreign object and gastric ulcers are a serious condition which can cause your pet to have bloody vomit. Talk to your vet immediately if you notice any of these conditions.

Decreased activity

If your usually playful pup suddenly appears to be recluse or keeps sitting at one place for a long time, it may be a symptom of some serious health concerns. Although decreased activity is a vague symptom, if they persist, you must check with a veterinarian for a possible cause. Cat moms and dads need to be especially cautious as cats are likely to suffer dire consequences when they stop food intake. A cat that stops eating must immediately be examined for a fatty liver.

Frequent or less urination

Although you cannot practically be attuned to your pet’s toilet schedule, most pet parents can easily detect if their pets are showing signs of frequent urination or are suddenly taking no bathroom breaks. In many cases, pets that appear to be excessively thirsty or show signs of urination can be diabetic. Increased urination frequency is also connected to liver, kidney or adrenal gland disease. Contrastingly, too little urination or straining to urinate can be a sign that your pet is experiencing a urinary tract problem or bladder stones. This problem has to be urgently addressed, especially in cats. In a male cat, crystals or inflammatory debris can plug up the urethra which can make urination impossible. Such a condition can be an emergency.

Early detection of symptoms can help your pet from developing a serious condition and staying healthy. If you wish to know more information about early symptoms of illness in your pet, talk to a licensed and experienced veterinarian from Chilliwack Animal Hospital or contact a local veterinary clinic.

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