5 Pet Emergency Symptoms

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We’ve all been there. Something isn’t right with our fur baby. But how do you know when to get help? Here’s a list of the five most commonly overlooked signs that your dog or cat needs help immediately. It is important to call your Hicksville veterinarian as soon as possible with any questions or concerns regarding your pet.

Lethargy/Excessive Sleeping

When it comes to cats, sleeping is a given; they often sleep up to 16 hours a day. That can make lethargy, or excessive sleeping hard to notice at first, especially if you work a nine to five job, or are particularly busy. It’s important to know your pet’s routine. If you have a relatively young cat who is sleeping through greeting you when you come home, or other times when they would normally be awake (i.e. feeding time). It could be a symptom of a problem and should be addressed by a veterinarian immediately.

Fortunately for dog owners, it’s much easier to notice a dog with lower energy than normal, or excessive sleeping. Often, this is the first symptom pet owners catch that something isn’t quite right with their fur baby. Unfortunately, it’s also a symptom that most owners discount as being a serious problem, especially with older pets. Lethargy specifically can be a helpful tool in diagnosing vital organ problems, and even arthritis (which can be crippling) in some cases.

Changes in Diet or Water Consumption

Everyone has an off day; this goes for pets as well. Sometimes you eat to much, or just don’t feel like eating the next day. The same is true for dogs and cats. It’s because of this that many owners tend to overlook diet and water problems. Especially for “finicky” pets. If you have a pet who doesn’t eat at least small portions daily or drink regularly, then you may have a problem. Cat’s are prone to organ failure if they do not eat small amounts daily. If you have multiple dogs or cats in a household, it can be difficult to estimate how much one pet is eating or drinking.

Luckily, you can monitor your pets water intake by doing a simple test. At the base of the neck just above where it meets the shoulder blade is a section of excess skin. In a relatively healthy pet when the skin is lifted in that area, it will snap back into place quickly. The more dehydrated a pet becomes, the slower the skin will return to a normal position. If your pet’s skin takes longer to return to a normal position, they haven’t been drinking enough water. You should seek Veterinary assistance immediately.

Changes to Skin

Your pet walks through your home, and grass with only fur for protection. They have sensitive areas like the pads of their feet, bellies, and thighs which have no protection against these surfaces. It’s important to watch for changes to your pet’s skin in these areas specifically because of this. If the skin seems pink/redder than normal or has any flaking, loss of hair, or odd patterns it’s time to seek help. Changes in your pet’s skin can be extremely uncomfortable. These types of injuries can also lead your pet to harm themselves as they try to get relief from the situation. Or worse, yellow tinged skin can be a sign of organ trouble.

Vomiting or Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are both severe symptoms for dogs and cats. Both can point to problems caused by eating items or food they shouldn’t, poisoning, viruses, or vital organ issues, and should be taken seriously. If your pet has had either issue more than once in a short amount of time, please seek professional help. Be sure to pay close attention to your cat’s litter box habits. When dealing with arthritis, or pain in cats sometimes they won’t show outward visible discomfort, but they may begin to refuse to use litterboxes.

Abnormal Odors

Loving your pet sometimes means getting used to unpleasant odors. Both cats and dogs are notorious for horrible breath. But odor isn’t something you should overlook. It can mean infection and can be more than just unpleasant. It can affect your pet’s quality of life and the amount of time you get to enjoy their company by causing heart problems or keeping your pet from being able to eat in the case of a dental infection.

If you have a pet whose symptoms are not covered in this list, please consult with your Hicksville veterinarian, Dr. Gottlieb. This list is only a guide, and our staff will answer any pet owner’s questions.

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