Here are 8 warnings signs your pet is crying out for help now you’ve probably heard that having a pet increases your lifespan and it’s totally true.
In fact owning a dog lowers the risk of having a major heart attack by 3% which might not sound too impressive but that actually makes 30,000 save lives a year in the US alone they do so much for us but our little furry friends could also use some saving when it comes to health and since they can’t tell you when something’s wrong you have to pay attention to even the slightest changes in their behavior and take necessary measures immediately to keep your pet safe and sound.
8 – Coughing
Dogs and cats can suffer from something called “kennel cough” this condition doesn’t require any special treatment and usually goes away on its own within two weeks but, the only thing is that it’s highly contagious so if you have more than one pet you might consider keeping the affected one away from the others kennel cough can be more serious for puppies kittens and breeds with pushed-in faces like “boxers Bulldogs pugs Pekinese Persians Scottish Fold and British Shorthairs” and that’s because their face shape may cause additional breathing difficulties.
there’s also a cuff like sound you might hear from time to time in smaller breeds of dogs this is called reverse sneezing and it can indicate a slight throat irritation it typically goes away on its own as well but persistent coughing or reverse sneezing that lasts for more than two weeks is never a normal thing it may be related to heart or lung disease heartworm bronchitis, pneumonia or a tracheal collapse.
7 – Vomiting
Dogs can vomit on occasion even when they’re not serious and my own dog prefers to do his barfing at 2:00 in the morning yeah go figure now they sometimes eat too much or too fast something in their food doesn’t always agree with their system or them might run in play too soon after a meal however vomiting.
Can also stem from gastrointestinal illnesses pancreatitis kidney disease or parasitic infections cats especially really fluffy breeds may throw up a hairball every now and then but if your sis vomiting more than once a month you should probably take it to the vet dogs occasionally vomit if they’ve eaten too much grass or gotten into the trash but call the vet if your pup is throwing up several times a day blood in the vomit is a major red flag that could indicate your pet has gulped down a sharp object that’s irritating its stomach.
6 – A Swollen Belly
Although a distended abdomen could simply be a sign that your pet is eaten too much it could also indicate a digestive disorder periodontists hormonal imbalance or even internal bleeding undiagnosed abnormal swelling in the stomach could potentially be life-threatening as it puts additional pressure on the chest cavity and makes it hard for your dog to breathe a swollen belly in .
dogs can also be a symptom of an extremely dangerous condition called gastric dilatation-volvulus if left untreated this problem can turn out fatal for a dog within hours which is why it’s often called the mother of all emergencies it happens if food or gas stretches a dog’s belly to such an extent that it cuts off blood supply to the stomach leading to tragic consequences bloat and GDV can be caused by both swallowing air and exercising too hard after a meal you need to be extra careful if your dog is a deep-chested breed like a Saint Bernard Weimaraner or Great Dane eats from an elevated ball is given just one meal a day tends to eat too fast has a family history of GDV or bloat is a senior the risk for those 7-12 years old is the highest.
5 – Lethargy
You’re normally active pet suddenly refuses to play with you or just lies around all day it could be the first sign of a bigger problem weakness or lethargy and dogs usually accompanies all kinds of infections and serious diseases like diabetes hypoglycemia and anemia.
4 – Abnormal Restlessness
Well restlessness it self isn’t necessarily a bad sign it could be your pet’s way of telling you it doesn’t feel well if your dog is being anxious or looks scared for no reason and is constantly pacing shaking or whining this can point to a range of health issues including mange rabies Cushing’s disease or heart problems it could alsobe a result of ingesting chocolate which as you know should never be given to neither dogs or cats chocolate is highly toxic for pets usually resulting in the obromine poisoning if you think your pet might have gotten into some chocolate take it to the vet immediately.
3 – Unexplained Weight Loss
Losing a little weight shouldn’t be a cause for concern especially if your pet is eating fine but if your dog or cat has lost 10% of its normal body weight it could be a sign of a serious issue such as a Metabolic disorder, Kidney or Liver problems neuromuscular disease, or cancer. a lot of people think that when a dog gets old it naturally starts losing weight but experts say this is simply not true now when an animal gets older it does become more susceptible to diseases that can cause it to lose weight but old age itself can’t be the reason for weight loss since it’s not an illness so if your elderly dog has started losing weight go to the vet your pet is most likely ill.
2 – Excessive Licking
There’s a number of medical problems that can show themselves and pets through constant licking the most common reason why your dog or cat is excessively cleaning the same spot could be from pain or caused by fleas or an allergy.
dogs occasionally lick strange surfaces if they’re having some gastrointestinal issues licking behavior in cats is often provoked by mental health issues like boredom anxiety or OCD indoor cats are more likely to suffer from such disorders than ones that live outside since they don’t get as much physical activity or excitement cats can also stress out because of some changes in their environment be it a new baby in the house or a new pet sibling.
1 – Urinating More or Less Frequently
if your pet is peeing more frequently than it used to it can be a sign of diabetes if that’s the case the pet will also constantly feel thirsty otherwise going peepee too much can indicate kidney liver or adrenal gland disease pay attention if you’re house trained pet is having more and more accidents inside or if your dog suddenly starts begging for nighttime bathroom trips at the same time.
if your dog or cat urinates too little or has troubles with the process it may be suffering from bladder stones or urinary tract infection these problems are extremely painful and potentially life-threatening male cats are especially prone to developing crystals or stones in the bladder which can lead to bladder inflammation and bloody urine plus this debris is most likely to plug up the urethra preventing your pet from urinating at all if left untreated it can become fatal within 24 hours so see your vet ASAP.