If Your Pet Gets Sick
Many major problems can be avoided with regular wellness care. However, sometimes pets eat something they shouldn’t or catch a strange sickness unexpectedly.
Always trust your instincts. Noticing that the cat “just isn’t looking at you right,” or that the dog isn’t jumping up to greet you as per usual are some of the first things pet owners report when their animals are sick. Animals can’t communicate in words, but they regularly communicate in body language. Take the worrying and wondering out of the picture by visiting us so we can accurately diagnose the problem and give you the tools to get your pet’s health back on track.
Signs to Watch For
- Bathroom “accidents” after your pet has been housebroken. This could be a sign of stress or a bigger issue. If it continues to happen, it’s time for a checkup.
- Urinating more or less frequently. This can be difficult to monitor, but be aware of how many visits your pet makes to the litter box or backyard. If the frequency changes significantly, it’s time to get a check-up. Straining to urinate or lack of urination in cats is a symptom that should be addressed immediately.
- Out-of-character lethargy. Many pets are expert nappers, but if your kitty is playing less and sleeping more than it usually does, and the abnormal behavior continues for more than 24 hours, it could be a symptom of a problem.
- Lack of appetite. Maybe your pup is holding out for human food, but if it doesn’t eat for more than a couple days, it’s time to get it checked. Lack of appetite is more of a major concern for cats, though, and should be addressed if it happens longer than a day.
- Vomiting more than once or twice. Vomiting can expel harmful substances or excess fur, so it may not be a concern if it happens occasionally. If your pet keeps vomiting, or does so for several days, it’s time to come in for a vet visit.
- Blood in your pet’s stool, urine, or vomit. It’s time to schedule an appointment as soon as you notice this.
- Persistent coughing or congestion, or discharge from ears or eyes. These are all cause for concern. Give us a call.
- Difficulty with normal movements, such as standing up or jumping. Even if this is a sign of aging, we may be able to help with any discomfort.
- Hair loss or itchy skin.
Always contact us if you are in doubt. We are happy to help you or discuss any concerns.
Major Accidents and Emergency Care
Our staff is trained in animal emergency medicine. We’ll be here for you if the unthinkable happens to one of your pets. However, for extensive surgery or overnight critical care, we’ll send your pet to our partner clinic with the specialized equipment and overnight staff necessary for intensive care.
If you have a pet health emergency, give us a call at 405-844-2888 and we’ll guide you on the best and fastest course of action.