It is concerning to see pets show behaviors with their owners that they are unfamiliar with. Many pet owners are unsure whether their pet requires emergency treatment or if some rest would suffice. Unfortunately, pet owners frequently do not know when their pet needs veterinary care and may underestimate the severity of their pet’s illness or injury.
Animals are very good at pretending to be healthy and only displaying a few subtle signs that there is anything wrong. Pet owners must be aware of minor changes in their pets’ behavior, appetite, or attitude. You should take these indicators of a severe health problem seriously.
When Should I Call a Vet?
Your pet is an essential member of your family, but unlike humans, pets cannot express their discomfort or illness. It can be challenging to distinguish between a limp, a severe disease, and a sudden loss of appetite. How to know when to seek medical attention or go to the hospital in an emergency?
1. Changing Eating Habits
Pets frequently skip meals, particularly on hot summer days or in unfamiliar environments. However, any more than this may indicate something is wrong with your pet. You should contact your veterinarian if your pet goes without eating for two days. You should consult your veterinarian if your pet is unusually hungry, begging for food excessively, or trying to eat everything it can to get its paws on.
This could indicate a medical issue, but it is not always an emergency. They must, however, assess each pet individually, and factors such as a pet’s age, breed, and medical history should always be taken into account. A 10-year-old Maltese with diabetes, for example, maybe less concerned than a 2-year-old healthy Rhodesian Ridgeback who misses a meal. Always contact your veterinarian if you require additional information.
2. Excessive Thirst
Depending on the weather and recent activity or exercise, your pet may drink more water than usual. Excessive thirst and drinking that lasts more than a day could be a sign of diabetes or kidney disease. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you fill the water bowl more frequently than usual. It is not because the weather is warming up or your pet is urinating less frequently.
If your pet appears more tired and sluggish than usual, there could be a problem. Maybe your pet is not responding to commands and is not interested in playing or going for walks. You should see your veterinarian if it lasts more than two days, even if it is just sore muscles or fatigue caused by the warm weather.
If you have a senior pet, it is difficult to tell if they’re just old or if something is wrong. As pets age, they can become more prone to certain illnesses or mobility problems, so geriatric vet care is important.
The vast majority of pets vomit on occasion. Our pets, like humans, vomit to get rid of things incompatible with their systems. If your pet vomits blood frequently, you must contact a veterinarian immediately. In contrast to a pet vomiting three times in eight hours, a pet vomiting twice or three times in ten minutes and then recovering is usually less concerning.
Dehydration can occur as a result of severe or prolonged vomiting, so seek medical attention right away. Lethargy, a lack of appetite, and diarrhea may indicate an emergency requiring you to go to a reputable hospital like Wellpet Humane.
While scooting your backside across the floor may appear to be a silly pet trick. It could indicate worms, bowel movement issues, an anal gland problem, or even a (UTI) urinary tract infection. You should call your veterinarian if your pet starts scooting out of nowhere or if the behavior worsens. For more details, consult a specialist.
6. Eye Appearance
Red, cloudy, or unusually discharged eyes may indicate an infection or wound. If your pet pears at its eye(s) or squints, this could also be a problem. Because of the rapid progression of eye diseases, you should be aware of these symptoms. If only one eye is affected, infection or injury will likely be blamed. If both of its eyes are affected, consider a systemic problem such as allergies or other health issues.
7. Unexpected Weight Loss
A veterinarian should evaluate any size pet experiencing sudden weight loss. Even in overweight pets, rapid and unexpected weight loss may indicate a severe medical condition. Even if it is difficult to quantify, you should notify your veterinarian if you notice a 10% weight loss.