How to Tell That Your Pet is Not Feeling Well

It’s a given that the sooner a disease or condition is treated, the better the odds of a good outcome. Treatment is often easier and less costly as well. The following are common signs that something may be wrong with your pet.

  • Change in activity level.  Even minor changes may be a sign that your pet is not feeling well.
  • Changes in appetite: eating less or more, picking at food, eating nonfood items
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting. Also changes in stool color can sometimes indicate a problem
  • Excessive urination or decrease/difficulty while urinating. A house-trained pet that suddenly starts having accidents in the house may also be a sign of illness
  • Changes in water consumption
  • Lameness or difficulty getting up or around
  • Excessive panting
  • Pacing, not wanting to lie down
  • Excessive drooling
  • Coughing
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Behavioral changes
  • Unexplained changes in weight

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, you may wish to schedule an appointment to get them checked out. Also, keeping track of how often some of the signs are occurring and letting the doctor know that information can be a big help.  Answers to questions like: when did the vomiting start, does it happen every day, what is its appearance, can help us diagnose what is wrong with your pet.

Working as a team, you and your veterinarian can help set your pet on the road to recovery.

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