Listen to what your pet is trying to tell you
Life would be much easier if our pets could talk, especially when something is wrong.
They can't tell us what they ate, where it hurts or what will make them feel better, which can often cause a little anxiety for worried owners. Being proactive about your pet's health is the best way to ensure they stay healthy and you can stay stress-free.
Being in tune with your pet's behavior is the first step in realizing something is wrong. Just like humans, pets can be lethargic and grumpy and even lose their appetites when they aren't feeling well. Pets are typically much better about dealing with their symptoms than humans are, so it can be difficult to tell when something is wrong with your pet. We asked Dr. Jeff Werber, veterinarian and developer of Pro-Sense pet products, to give us some tips on how you can tell when something is really wrong.
The obvious and not-so-obvious signs
The most common signs of illness are a change in your pet's behavior. Dr. Werber says diminished activity, lethargy and gastrointestinal signs, like loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, are all indications that something is wrong. Less common signs may include skin problems, like a dry or dull coat, excessive scratching, red or inflamed skin or a cat who stops grooming. You know your pet the best, so if you ever feel like anything is off with their personality or they seem irritated, pay attention, and be sure to track how long symptoms last.
Other issues and what they may mean:
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When to call the vet
Much like people, dogs and cats can get an upset stomach or various other issues that will resolve on their own. However, not all issues will go away, and many can be life-threatening without proper care. In many cases, problems that persist for more than 12 hours should be evaluated, but, as mentioned above, some issues shouldn't even wait that long. "Veterinarians give great credibility to and have the utmost respect for the pet parent who brings in their pet with the preliminary diagnosis of A.D.R., 'ain't doin' right.' Partner with your veterinarian to insure your pet's good health!” Dr. Werber said.
From Dr. Jeff Werber: "Just like with raising a child, a new pet is a lot of 'on-the-job' training. As you play with, train and bond with your new pet, you will get to know their baseline, and you will develop a sense of when they are off."
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