Pet owners are often in doubt when it is necessary to bring their animal in for a veterinary examinationOf course, your pet can't say where it hurts, but the animal shows signs of discomfort by changing it's behavior.
The owners are well avare of how their pets behave when they are happy, healthy, well-fed and ready to play. The question is: What changes in behavior are a sign that it is time to bring your pet for a veterinary examination?
There are several behavioral signs that the owners will easily note during the day.
One of the most important indicators of health problems in dogs and cats is a change in their mood.
Your pet is not in a good mood
One of the first signs of mood change that you should monitor are lifelessness and unwillingness to get up and move. You should bear in mind that dogs and cats hide their pain very well. Therefore, you should pay attention to their overall mood: Do they want to play and move around? Are they sleeping longer than usual?
The other important indicator of health problems in pets has to do with eating, urinating and defecating. It is possible that your pet doesn't like the food you are offering, but if your dog or cat refuses to eat it's favorite meals during the day, it is a sign that it's not feeling well.
Loss of Apetite and stool changes
Refusing to eat, changes in urinating and defecating are a certain sign that it is time for a veterinary examination. This especially applies to these circumstances:
- In case the dog doesn't pass stool or has multiple stools during the day or even during one hour
- If the dog has watery stool,
- If there's traces of mucus or blood in the stool
- If you notice changes in urinating i.e. frequent urinating, lack of urinating or changes in urine color.
- If your pet is vomiting (take note if the vomit is chunky or granular, if there is blood or mucus - this is useful information for your veterinarian and helps speed up diagnostic processes)
Third important indicator of poor health are physical changes you can see and feel with your hands. Skin and subcutaneous changes that occur rapidly require examination. Don't forget that some diseases can be cured only if they are caught on time. Make note of any swelling that may appear. For example, if your dog's stomach is swollen, hard to the touch and enlarged, veterinary examination is required as well.
Female animals that lost their estrous cycle, or if the cycle appeared unexpectedly after a month or month and a half after the previous estrous cycle, should be brought for an exam.
Estrus or heat in female dogs comes twice a year, so any change in frequency or amount of blood discharge is a serious sign to take your animal to the vet.
It is very important to tell your veterinarian about all the symptoms you have noticed so the best course of action for diagnosing and treating your pet can be determined.
In case you are not sure if your pet needs a veterinary examination, feel free to contact us 065/3565664
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