When a pet has a change in behavior, owners need to take it as a sign that something can be amiss with their pet. According to Mike Stickney, DVM, director of general surgery services at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, “dogs and cats can’t tell us when something hurts or doesn’t feel good.
But the owners that see them everyday will realize when they’re not just being their regular selves. Any change in your pet’s behavior from what it normally does is a reason to see your veterinarian.”
The first sign of a serious health issue that your pet can exhibit is vomiting or diarrhea. Blood in vomit or diarrhea can be a sign of gastric ulcers or a foreign body (when a pet eats something they shouldn’t have, like a tennis ball or a piece of ribbon.)
Another possible sign of a serious illness is an increase or decrease in urination. Increased urination can be a sign diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, or adrenal gland disease. A lack of urinating or straining to urinate can be a sign of bladder stones or an obstruction of the urethra. An obstruction of the urethra is a life threatening condition.
Lack of appetite or lethargy is a serious concern, especially if it lasts more than 24 hours. Cats are more prone to consequences from not eating. Often times, lack of appetite or lethargy accompany other signs of illness.
Though the symptoms may be caused by an easy to treat diagnosis, they could also be signs of a serious illness—don’t take any chances. Anytime your pet acts abnormally, get them examined by a veterinarian. Having pet insurance will ensure that your pet’s health isn’t dictated by your finances.Tags: pet insurance, signs of illness