How to know when to go to the vet  

Being in tune with your furry friend’s well-being is essential as a pet parent. Pets often hide their discomfort, so it’s up to pet parents to be observant and proactive about any changes in their pet’s behaviour.  

In the wild, showing signs of weakness can make an animal more vulnerable to predators. Domesticated pets can still carry these instincts and may hide their discomfort to protect themselves. Pets may also conceal their distress because they don’t want to disappoint or upset their owners, they don’t understand how they feel, or they struggle to communicate it. They may try to continue usual activities and routines, and try to avoid showing signs of discomfort, which can make it difficult for pet parents to recognise when their pets are not feeling their best. Here are some signs to look out for. 

Changes in eating and drinking habits   

If your pet is not eating or drinking as much as usual or not at all, this could be a sign of illness. Monitor your pet’s appetite and water intake; if there’s a sudden change, it’s best to consult your vet.  

Lethargy or low energy   

If your furry friend seems less lively or playful than normal, something might be up. They could be feeling a bit off or in pain. It’s always a good idea to get them checked by a vet to see what’s going on. 

Vomiting or diarrhoea   

While the occasional upset stomach is normal, if your pet is vomiting or having diarrhoea frequently, this could be a sign of a more serious issue. Monitor their symptoms and take them to the vet if they persist or worsen. 
Occasional tummy troubles in pets can be pretty standard, but if your pet is frequently dealing with vomiting or diarrhoea, it might hint at a more serious problem. Keep an eye on their symptoms, and if they continue or seem to get worse, it’s time for a vet visit. 

Difficulty breathing or coughing   

If your pet is experiencing trouble breathing or is coughing, this could be a sign of respiratory problems or other issues. Visit your vet as soon as possible. 

Changes in behaviour or mood   

Notice your pet behaving oddly, perhaps showing signs of aggression, anxiety, or pulling back from usual interactions? Behavioural shifts could point to an underlying health issue. It’s important to monitor these changes closely and consult with your vet. 

Signs of discomfort   

If your pet shows signs of pain, such as whimpering, crying or limping, it probably means they’re hurting or not feeling well. Don’t hesitate to take them to the vet right away, so they can figure out what’s going on and help get them back on their paws. 

Skin or coat problems   

Hair loss, itching, or redness, could indicate an underlying health issue. Be sure to schedule a vet check-up to explore the cause of these symptoms and arrange treatment. 

Regular vet visits are key to making sure any emerging health issues in your pet are caught early on. By closely observing your pet’s behaviour and overall well-being, you can keep them thriving. Remember, consulting with a vet is the best way to guarantee your pet gets the care they need to lead a happy, healthy life. 

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