Pets often act strange and for various reasons; they may be excited, sleepy or seriously ill. However, many pet owners are unsure whether the signs their pets exhibit are serious enough to warrant a visit to the vet. A good rule of thumb is to monitor small symptoms, like a less excited pet. But, if your pet begins to seem lethargic, quits eating or simply is no longer interested in certain activities, it may be serious enough to bring your pet to a veterinarian clinic.
Families across America, including in Roswell, are often unprepared for the costs to take their beloved pet to a veterinarian clinic. By monitoring your pet closely and watching out for the follow signs, you can ensure your pet remains happy and healthy – all while saving your wallet.
If your pet begins to exhibit any of these signs, call your vet immediately:
Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
If your pet suddenly begins to vomit multiple times per day, acts lethargic or reuses to eat, he or she may be seriously ill. When your pet vomits, it’s a good idea to inspect the color and consistency. Vomit that looks like coffee grounds indicates blood. Blood in the vomit or stool is usually due to an ulcer or a foreign object.
If your pet is experiencing extremely loose stools, your pet may have a gastrointestinal illness such as worms. Worms, if left untreated, may cause serious illness for animals and may actually affect humans.
Lack of Appetite
If your pet has a reduced or absent appetite for longer than 24 hours, you may have a serious issue on your hands. It’s important to monitor your pet during this time, your pet may be holding out for a treat or human food. However, if there are other symptoms present such as lethargy, decreased activity, vomiting or diarrhea, your pet may be in the early stages of a serious illness.
Urinating More or Less
Your pet may suddenly need to go out more often, require more water or may not need to urinate at all. Any of these symptoms may be caused by an underlying illness such as bladder stones, inflammation or an issue with the kidneys. It’s especially worrisome if your pet is no longer urinating, as it can be a sign of serious and fatal issues.
These are the most common symptoms which leave pet owners puzzled. Other symptoms to monitor include coughing and hair loss. Roswell is home to many treasured pets, ensure they remain happy and healthy with the help of a knowledgeable veterinarian clinic.
If you’re in the Roswell area and your pet shows any of these symptoms, contact Alpharetta Animal Hospital immediately. We are fully staffed and available 24/7 to care for your pet. Walk-ins are welcome, so please contact Alpharetta Animal Hospital today for your veterinarian clinic needs