Some changes in how a pet looks or acts can be normal signs of aging . But other changes are signs your pet might need medical attention. According to WebMD, any change in how your pet behaves is probably a reason to see your vet. Here are their top signs of a sick dog or cat:
– Urinating more than normal, or less than normal. Having to urinate, or pee, often can be a sign of many things: diabetes, liver disease or kidney disease. Not going much at all might be a sign of dehydration, a urinary tract problem or even bladder stones.
– Vomiting and diarrhea in cats and dogs. As with kids, a little vomiting or diarrhea is usually no cause for alarm. But symptoms like these several times a day could mean your pet is sick or has swallowed something. Also like a kid, if your pet doesn’t want to play or eat, a doctor should check him out.
– Doesn’t want to eat and instead just lies around. If this goes on for a day or more, call your vet for an appointment. And if you notice that last year at this time your pet had a lot of energy but now doesn’t want to do much anymore, he might have a disease like arthritis that’s developed slowly. Your vet’s the best one to find out what’s going on.
– Coughing and sneezing. Just like us, coughing and sneezing are signs that can mean many things. For a pet, coughing and sneezing a lot could mean anything from heart or lung disease to heart worms. If it’s caused by bacteria, it can lead to pneumonia.
– Itchy skin and thinning fur. Most of the time, these symptoms are caused by little bugs—fleas, ticks and mites. But they can also be caused by hormones or infections.
– Limping or stiff joints. You can see the discomfort or downright pain in a pet that limps or has stiff joints. These could be caused by Lyme disease or a number of joint diseases. A vet can help you find the reason and offer ideas to improve your pet’s ability to get around.
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