Walk-In & Urgent Care

As your veterinarian, keeping you

prepared to care

for your pet while you’re at home is just as important to us as the care we provide for you at our clinic. Since your pets can’t talk to you when something is wrong with them, it can be hard to determine whether or not they are feeling well.

Here are 8 warnings signs your pet needs to see a veterinarian right away:

1. Changes in Eating Habits

Any change you see in your pet’s typical eating habits should warrant a visit to the veterinarian. While the actual cause of the eating habit changing is a case by case scenario based on many factors, it is important to understand why your pet has the eating habits it does and when your pet’s doctor believes you should be concerned. Skipping a meal, being unusually hungry, and an excessive need for food are common changes in eating habits that should checked by your veterinarian

2. Excessive Drinking

Depending on your location, this could be a result of the weather or climate that you are living in, but for most, excessive thirst and drinking can be a sign that something is going on in your pet’s body. This can be quite serious, as drinking too much water is a symptom of kidney diseases or diabetes in pets.

3. Difficulty or Irregular Breathing

Sure, every pet has those moments where they pant after some exercise, but they should not have a hard time catching their breath while resting or in cooler room temperatures. It’s important to carefully monitor and know how your dog typically breathes while at home and while resting so that you are able to catch onto any irregularities in their breathing. It’s important to bring your pet in as soon as you notice any sudden changes to your pet’s breathing.

4. Lethargy or Lack of Energy

If your pet seems like they are more tired than usual, it could mean that they aren’t feeling too well. Though it could just be that they are sore or fatigued from physical activity or the weather, persistent and constant lack of energy and a disinterest in doing things they typically enjoy could be a sign that they need to see a veterinarian.

5. Vomiting & Unusual Stool

While occasional vomiting or diarrhea can happen and are not always a cause for concern, be sure you are always monitoring your pet when these symptoms begin to show. Consistent and regular vomiting and changes in your pet’s stool could indicate intestinal or digestive issues that need medical attention. Be sure to discuss any changes in your pet’s stool with your veterinarian during your visit.

6. Irritated Skin or Changes to Fur

Whether it’s your pet’s diet or allergies, there are a few different reasons why your pet may be experiencing skin rashes, dry skin or a dull coat. If you notice any of these, or the symptoms of these things, it’s important to bring your pet in to the clinic so that your doctor can identify the exact cause of the issue and solutions to help make your pet comfortable.

7. Squinting, Bleeding or Swollen Eyes

If you notice that your pet’s eyes are irritated in any way, or your pet is showing signs of an irritated eye, it’s important to call your veterinarian to get them checked for a possible eye infection. A general rule of thumb, if it’s one eye, it’s more than likely an infection or irritant. If it’s both eyes, it could be allergies or a sign of health issues. Regardless, consult with your doctor if you feel your pet is dealing with irritation.

8. Sudden Changes in Behavior

No one knows your pet better than you. If you notice that your pet is behaving differently than usual, and the behavior is for the worse (lethargy, aggression, etc.), it could be a sign that something is not right. Before making the assumption that it is a behavioral problem, make sure you take your pet to see their veterinarian to check for any illnesses or injuries that could be causing the sudden change.

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