If you’re like us, you’d do anything to make your pets feel better when they’re sick. However, it can be very difficult to know when a pet is just having an off day versus being sick. As a conscientious pet owner, it’s important to know the signs of a sick pet so that you can identify issues early and get veterinary help if needed.
Compounding the problem in identifying illness in our pets is their natural tendency to conceal not feeling well. It’s not that they don’t want help… it’s just part of their survival instincts, since being sick in the wild usually doesn’t end very well.
While the signs and symptoms your pet will display depends on the exact underlying condition, some common signs to look out for include:
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive scratching
- Excessive licking
- Foul odor
- Lumps on or under the skin
- Discharge from any mucus membrane
- Bloody urine or stool
- Abdominal bloating
- Straining when relieving themselves
- Inability to relieve themselves
- Bald patches
- Excessive shedding
In cases of severe illness, you may notice:
- Seizure activity
- Reluctance or difficulty moving
- Crying or whining
If in doubt, don’t wait!
You know your pet better than anyone, so if you notice any unusual behavior, even if it’s not on this list, contact your vet immediately for an evaluation. If you are in the Tampa area and believe that your pet is sick, contact the veterinary experts here at Pet Urgent Care of Wesley Chapel as soon as possible. We provide urgent care services to dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets with convenient evening hours, seven days per week. Call us at (813) 279-6500 to advise us of your pet’s situation, then bring them to our location at 27027 SR 56, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544.