When a pet is sick, a more extensive look at one or more body systems is considered best practice.
Diagnostic testing, like x-rays and bloodwork, operate like a window to see inside the body and give valuable information about the body’s inner workings.
Does my cat or dog need a sick pet exam or is it an emergency?
If an animal is sick, the severity of the problem will determine the degree of urgency for you as a pet parent. If your pet is mildly ill or just seems “off”, a sick pet exam will probably solve the problem.
These are 8 common signs of illness that require a sick pet exam.
Change in eating habits.
A reduced appetite can be triggered by an illness or even stress. Excessive thirst could signal diabetes.
Change in weight.
A sudden weight loss or weight gain may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
Change in social habits.
If your pet is hiding or interacting with people or other animals more or less frequently, it could be a sign of illness.
Change in elimination habits.
Changes in urinating or eliminating could signal a gastrointestinal illness or disease, parasite infection or a urinary tract infection.
Some animals throw up occasionally, but if it’s happening more frequently or it’s accompanied by other symptoms, it’s time to call the vet.
Coughing, sneezing, discharge.
Discharge from eyes, ears and nose or a persistent cough should always be evaluated because it could signal a contagious respiratory disease.
Hair loss or itchiness.
These symptoms could be related to fleas, ticks or even allergies, but could also indicate an infection.
Lethargy or trouble standing.
If moving is painful for your pet it could be caused by anything from old age, heart disease, arthritis or other conditions.
If signs of a health problem seem severe, suddenly worsen, are associated with bleeding, or persist for more than 24 hours, it should be considered an emergency situation for your pet.
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