In case you love your pets and want to take good care of them and keep them healthy, pay attention to even the slightest changes in their behavior and take necessary measures immediately. For the sake of your pets and to protect them, keep an eye out for these 10 warning signs your pet needs help.
There’s a cough-like sound you might hear from time to time in smaller breeds of dogs and cats. This is called reverse sneezing, and it can indicate a slight throat irritation. It typically goes away on its own as well. But persistent coughing or reverse sneezing that lasts for more than 2 weeks is never a normal thing. It may be related to heart or lung disease, heartworm, bronchitis, pneumonia, or a tracheal collapse.
Although a distended abdomen could simply be a sign that your pet has eaten too much, it can also indicate a digestive disorder, peritonitis, hormonal imbalance, or even internal bleeding. A swollen belly in dogs can also be a symptom of an extremely dangerous condition called Gastric-Volvulus. If left untreated, this problem can turn out fatal for a dog within hours.
Chocolate is highly toxic for pets, usually resulting in theobromine poisoning. If you think your pet might’ve gotten into some chocolate, take it to the vet immediately.
Dogs occasionally lick strange surfaces if they’re having some gastrointestinal issues. Licking behavior in cats is often provoked by mental health issues like boredom, anxiety, or OCD.
If your cat or dog urinates too little or has troubles with the process, it may be suffering from bladder stones or a urinary tract infection. These problems are extremely painful and potentially life-threatening. If you notice your pet constantly scratching its ears to the point that the hair is coming off, take it to the vet right away. Laboratory testing will pinpoint if it’s parasites, hormonal issues, or some sort of yeast or fungal infection.
A swollen belly 3:02
Abnormal restlessness 4:46
Unexplained weight loss 5:31
Excessive licking 6:21
Urinating more or less frequently 7:13
Hair loss or itching 8:22
Lack of appetite 8:54
-Kennel cough can be more serious for puppies, kittens, and breeds with pushed-in faces because their face shape may cause additional breathing difficulties.
-Vomiting can stem from gastrointestinal illnesses, pancreatitis, kidney disease, or parasitic infections. Blood in the vomit is a major red flag that could indicate your pet has gulped down a sharp object that’s irritating its stomach.
-Undiagnosed abnormal swelling in the stomach could potentially be life-threatening as it puts additional pressure on the chest cavity and makes it hard for your dog or cat to breathe.
-Weakness or lethargy in dogs and cats usually accompanies all kinds of infections and serious diseases like diabetes, hypoglycemia, and anemia.
-If your dog or cat is being anxious or looks scared for no reason and is constantly pacing, shaking, or whining, this can point to a range of health issues including mange, rabies, Cushing’s disease, or heart problems.
-If your dog or cat has lost 10% of its normal body weight, it could be a sign of a serious issue, such as a metabolic disorder, kidney or liver problems, neuromuscular disease, or cancer.
-The most common reason why your cat or dog is excessively cleaning the same spot could be from pain or itching caused by fleas or an allergy.
-If your pet is peeing more frequently than it used to, it can be a sign of diabetes.
-If your cat or dog starts losing hair on or around its ears, this can be a sign of fleas, ticks, ear mites, or mange.
-If your pet hasn’t touched their food for more than 24 hours, it can be a sign of stress, pain, or fever.
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