One of the most difficult parts of your dog or cat becoming sick is their inability to voice how they feel. As pet owners, it is important that we are on top of all of our pet’s behaviors and the unique ways they communicate there is a problem. Being observant of changes in your pet will help you to know when it is necessary to call or bring them to our vet in Bridgeport.
It is important to keep in mind that all animals will do their best to mask their signs of illness or injury. This is part of their natural instinct to protect themselves in the wild. Animals that show signs of weakness in the wild are more likely to get shunned or ultimately attacked by a predator that senses pain or suffering.
Make sure to recognize subtle changes in your pet’s appearance or behavior. Common signs that they are sick include:
- A decrease or total loss in appetite
- A decrease in energy level
- Consistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Bloating of the abdomen
- The inability to urinate or defecate
- Increased shedding or the development of bald patches
- Unusual lumps or tumors
- Discharge from the nose or eyes
- A foul odor coming from the ears, skin, or mouth
- Consistent whining or crying
- Difficulty getting up and down the stairs
What Signs Constitute a Vet Visit?
Some signs indicate a trip to the vet needs to happen sooner than later. It is important to contact us or seek veterinary attention If symptoms last for more than a day, if your pet is unable to urinate, has a bloated or hard abdomen, is excessively vomiting or having diarrhea, is suffering from seizures or cannot stand up.
Once you have visited our vet in Bridgeport, it’s essential that you follow the right aftercare instructions to continue caring for your pet in the best way possible. Make sure that you give all medicines as prescribed and allow your pet to recover in a quiet, calm environment. If your pet has a special food and you have other pets, make sure to feed your pets in separate areas.
Report Worsening Symptoms Immediately
If you notice that your pet’s symptoms are worsening, it’s essential that you return to the vet as soon as possible. Our team will want to re-examine your pet and make sure that further action isn’t required.
Urban PetRx looks forward to helping your pet return to optimal health!