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Is my pet sick?

Many clients ask us, especially with their first pet, “How I will know if they are sick?” They may have heard things like a warm dry nose with a fever, but may not know when it’s appropiate to seek medical attention. Following is a list of signs or symptoms that would suggest that an exam would be needed.

The list is not be all inclusive, so if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call.

Present the pet for examination if you observe any of the following:

  • Sustained, significant increase or decrease in water consumption.
  • Sustained, significant increase in urination. (Volume and/or frequency)
  • Difficulty in passing stool or urine.
  • Noticeable decrease in urination or no noticeable urine production in a 24 hour period.
  • Weight loss.
  • Significant decrease in appetite or failure to eat for more than 2 consecutive days.
  • Significant increase in appetite
  • Repeated vomiting.
  • Diarrhea that lasts over 2 days.
  • Inappropriate elimination accidents in the house or general changes in bowel habits.
  • Limping that lasts more than 3 days, or lameness in more than one leg.
  • Noticeable decrease in vision, especially if sudden in onset or pupils that do not constrict in bright light.
  • Eye discharges or reddening of the white parts of the eye, rubbing eye, squinting eye.
  • Masses, ulcerations (open sores), or multiple scabs on the skin that persists more than 1 week.
  • Foul mouth odor or drooling that lasts more than 24 hours.
  • Increased size of the abdomen.
  • Increasing inactivity, especially time spent sleeping.
  • Persistent coughing, gagging, or panting.
  • Hair loss, especially if accompanied by scratching or if in specific areas of the body.
  • Episodes of sudden weakness, collapse, or fainting spells.
  • Seizures (convulsions)
  • Reluctance or inability to chew dry food.
  • Any changes in routine behavior or personality.

NOTE: Even if you notice any of these signs, NEVER give any human medications to your pet without approval from your veterinarian.

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