A sick pet must be properly cared for. Unfortunately, many people don't know when their pets are sick. At the University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson, TN, we can help you to detect common signs of pet illness.
It's common for sick pets to have problems urinating. If you notice that your pet is straining to urinate or can only produce a small amount of urine, this could signify an infection or blockage in the urinary tract. An emergency visit to a veterinarian is sometimes necessary to relieve the blockage.
Changes in Appetite
A sudden increase or decrease in appetite is another common sign of pet illness. If your pet stops eating altogether, this could indicate a problem with the digestive system. On the other hand, if your pet seems to be always hungry, this could be a sign of diabetes. Take note of how much and how often your pet is eating and inform your veterinarian of any changes.
If your pet drinks more water than usual, this could be a sign of diabetes or kidney disease. It's important to bring your pet to the vet for testing if you notice this behavioral change.
Unexplained weight fluctuation is another common sign of pet illness. If you notice your pet losing or gaining weight, even if their eating habits have not changed, this could signify a serious health condition. Be sure to inform our veterinarian so they can determine the cause and provide appropriate treatment. In some instances, weight changes are normal (such as during growth spurts in puppies and kittens), but it's always best to avoid caution and have your pet examined by a professional.
Lethargy and Fatigue
If your pet seems unusually tired or lazy, this could indicate illness. If your pet is normally very active and suddenly becomes inactive, this is cause for concern. Lethargy and fatigue can indicate many different health problems, so it's important to have your pet examined by a veterinarian if you notice this change. However, you must also take note of the age of your pet. As they age, it is quite normal for their energy levels to decrease.
Visit a Veterinarian Today for Pet Illness Treatment
Common signs of pet illness include difficulty urinating, changes in appetite, excessive thirst, weight changes, and lethargy or fatigue. If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it's important to bring them to a veterinarian for an examination as soon as possible. Call University Parkway Animal Hospital today at (731) 661-0711 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.