It can be quite alarming when our pets vomit or have diarrhea. There are many possible causes for vomiting and diarrhea, ranging from something as simple as a hairball in cats to bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Even if you feel the issue isn’t serious, you should always contact your vet and let them know what’s going on, so they are better prepared to work with your furry family member if it does become more serious.
When your dog suddenly starts limping noticeably, it's important that you call us right away to schedule an appointment. Because dogs are good at compensating for low-grade chronic pain, you may not become aware of the limping until the underlying condition has progressed to a more acutely painful stage. Serious limping and lameness indicates an animal in real distress, and we need to determine what's creating it and alleviate the discomfort. Contrary to popular belief, pets rarely cry when in pain. The most common signs of pain in pets are limping or stiffness, decreased energy/activity, decreased social behavior, and decreased appetite. Shaking, aggression, and excessive licking or scratching of a specific area are other common signs.
Allergic dermatitis is consistently one of the major reasons dogs and cats are seen by veterinarians. The itchiness and scratching can have a number of causes, and the sooner the exact reason for your pet's discomfort can be determined, the better.
If there is a change in your pet’s appetite due to some kind of health issue, your pet has no way to tell you what’s going on. That’s why it’s important to measure your pet’s food, and pay attention to how often and how much your pet is eating.
A change in appetite, especially for more than a day or two, may be a reason for concern in pets, and could be caused by a variety of medical conditions. Determining what the cause is and what needs to be done will require a trip to your veterinarian.