When it comes to the health and well being of your pets, you want to do everything to ensure that they are happy and healthy. But you may not always be able to know where to look in case you suspect your pets are ill or not feeling well.
Pets have a natural animal instinct to hide their symptoms when they are not feeling well. This kind of behavior stems from the past when animals were seen as weak to their predators and therefore could not show signs of sickness.
There are some symptoms that you can take note of in your pets and if you see any of the following symptoms you may want to seek medical attention from a vet. Here are some of the warning signs that your pet may be sick or not feeling well:
1) If your pet is acting differently around you and either wants a lot more attention than usual or not any attention, it could be a sign that he is not feeling well. For instance, if your pet is normally very affectionate and wants to always be around you and be petted and suddenly is acting withdrawn and goes off by himself a lot to hide, it may be a sign that he is not feeling well. That also goes for if your pet is normally independent and spends a lot of time by himself and suddenly acts like he can’t get enough attention, he may as well be sick.
2) Changes in eating behavior can be indications that your pet is sick. If your pet is not eating very much, or a lot less than normal, he may not be feeling well. If your pet is eating more than usual but not gaining weight, it could be signs of worms or other digestive conditions.
3) If your pet has changes in the frequency or amount of elimination this could also be an indication that he is not feeling well and it could indicate a bladder or urinary infection.
If you think your pet could be ill and is exhibiting any of those signs, it is always best to seek out a pet MD or at least call your vet to discuss whether you should bring him in.
There are also sources on the web that you can go to for pet questions and answers. Some sites offer the ability for you to ask questions to a pet MD and receive answers for a nominal fee. Other sites allow you to review previously asked questions and answers for any conditions that may be applicable to your pet.
If you truly suspect that your pet may be sick or not feeling well, it is best to make sure that you get them checked out to be sure. Unlike humans, they can not tell us when they are not feeling well and may try to hide it, so it is best to take the necessary precautions.
You love your pet and want them to lead a long and healthy life, do what you can to protect their health. Even if you think it is nothing, by the time your pet is exhibiting symptoms like the ones mentioned before, whatever is ailing them could already be getting worse. Most conditions can be treated by a pet MD and most conditions require only moderate dosages of medications or treatments.
Even if your pet may require more extensive care, there are many vets who are willing to workout payment arrangements with you to help you care for your pet.
Author: John Sommer, Sr.