Signs Your Pet is Sick

Aug 15, 2018 | Preventive Care

Wouldn’t it be nice if animals could talk and tell us when they aren’t feeling well? Unfortunately, cats and dogs cannot use words to reveal if they are hurt or sick. Luckily, cats and dogs use non-verbal signs and behavior to let us know something is wrong.

As a pet owner, you know your cat or dog better than anyone else. You are aware of your pet’s typical behaviors at different times of the day. If your pet suddenly stops acting normal, and the unusual behavior continues for more than a few hours, it’s time to call the vet.

Nobody wants to witness their pet feeling ill or suffering in pain. If you suspect your dog or cat is telling you something by way of odd or unusual behavior, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. When in doubt, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

10 signs that your pet is sick or injured and should see a vet:

More Sleep Than Usual

Some dogs and cats sleep quite a bit during the day. Even more sleep is typical for older animals. But, your pet should be playful and alert at certain times of the day. Looking for changes in your pet’s routine is essential.

Doesn’t Enjoy Being Pet

When they are sick, humans don’t always enjoy when another person touches them. The same is true for animals. Your pets reaction to your touch is a good indicator.

Drinking Too Much Water

If your cat or dog drinks more than a reasonable amount of water, it’s a sign. In some scenarios, insatiable thirst is a symptom of an illness.

Refusing to Eat

No matter if your cat or dog consumes food quickly or slowly, refusing to eat altogether is not normal. Rejecting food outright means your pet isn’t feeling well.

Falling or Stumbling When Walking

If your pet is typically active and agile and is suddenly walking into walls or falling down stairs, something is wrong. A vet should evaluate a disoriented animal.

Sudden Weight Gain or Weight Loss

Assuming you feed your dog the same amount of food each day, a rapid weight gain or weight loss is unusual.

Unable to Find a Comfortable Position

If your dog or cat refuses to lie down or doesn’t seem comfy, the animal is distressed. A vet exam helps determine the reason for the discomfort.

Elevated Body Temperature

While it’s difficult for a pet owner to take a pet’s temperature, a dog or cat that feels hotter than usual might be injured or ill.

Unusual Chewing or Licking

A dog or cat might excessively chew or lick a spot that hurts. A vet diagnoses the reason for the chewing or licking and prescribes a remedy.

Unpleasant Bodily Smells

Any foul or unusual smell emanating from your pet is something to address. Unpleasant odors are often symptoms of an illness or infection.

As a pet owner, you undoubtedly care deeply for your pet and its well-being. If you notice anything amiss with your pet’s health or behavior, schedule a vet appointment as quickly as possible. Early treatment for injuries and illnesses is always optimal. Annual healthy check-ups are also vital. They help your vet establish a baseline for your pet’s overall health.