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Dogs, cats, and other pets will show key warning signs that they need immediate veterinarian attention. In a pervious blog, we discussed the first four of eight important signs to take your dog or cat to a pet hospital, which included:

  1. Odd Eating Habits
  2. Gastrointestinal Distress
  3. Abnormal Elimination
  4. Eye Problems

In this article, we will complete the list, with the following four of eight signs you should take your pet to the vet:

 

5. Seizures

Dog seizures require vet attention immediately. Uncontrollable shaking or tremors, loss of consciousness and loss of bowel or urinary control are signs that your dog may be experiencing a seizure. This could be a symptom of epilepsy, but it could also be a sign of toxic exposure, hypoglycemia in puppies or insulinoma in older dogs. If your dog is diagnosed with epilepsy, seizures will not necessarily constitute a medical emergency. It is important that you discuss this with your vet.

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6. Neurological Distress

Changes in mental status signal that medical attention may be needed. Neurological problems can include disorientation, incoordination, lethargy or unresponsiveness. If you notice that your pet is bumping into things more frequently, or collapses and can’t stand up, it can be a sign of a neurological problem or physical problem, such as a ruptured disc. Prompt medical attention can ensure a better outcome for your pet.

7. Difficulty Breathing

Wheezing, choking and raspy, weak breathing can be signs of a pet emergency. It is possible something is stuck in your pet’s throat or breathing issues can be a symptom of major health problems. Immediate action is necessary, since it could be an allergic reaction, heart or pulmonary disease.

Other signs of difficulty breathing can include blue gums, foamy, pink discharge while coughing, constantly panting or stretching the heat forward while breathing.

8. Whining or Intense Changes in Behavior

Dogs are often alert and bright, so if your dog is exhibiting symptoms of pain or unsociability, it could be a sign of a serious health problem. Sometimes a pet owner may not witness a traumatic event. Intense changes in behavior, such as limping or just not acting right, can signal that you need to have your pet checked by your vet as soon as possible. Other behavior changes can include acting aloof, being especially clingy, anxiety or restlessness.

For cats, excessive meowing can be a sign of pain or medical problems. If your cat has been fed, petted and entertained, yet still meows loudly and often, consult your vet.

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When in doubt, call your vet

If your pet is acting abnormally, it is always better to call your vet for guidance. Your vet can advise you on home treatments or give you follow-up actions to ensure your pet stays healthy and happy. In the Asheville area, Avery Creek Pet Hospital  is here to help with skilled veterinarian are in a friendly environment.