When to visit a vet?

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Some pets are good in hiding their pain and illness. You might think they are healthy because they are still playing, sleeping or just doing their things as usual. Hence, it is crucial to be able to identify the symptoms of illness and give them the care they need to recover.

Here are 5 signs that you should visit the veterinarian.

1. Appetite or drinking changes

If you notice that your pet is not eating and drinking the amount that they usually do, then might be an early indicator of some systemic diseases. Senior dogs or cats are more prone to this. So it's time to schedule an appointment if you observe that your pet isn't drinking or eating or vice versa.

2. Eyes or ears problems

If your pet has red, runny, or swollen eyes, that may indicate an eye infection. This needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. For the ears, your pet might scratch its ears, shake its head, have redness in the ear or give an unusual odour, then should have an early treatment to reduce the damage to the ears.

3. Bad breath

Even if you do not enjoy the smell of your pet's breath, you need to be aware of it because it could be a sign of dental illness. Other than that, it can also be a sign of diabetes or advanced kidney disease. If your pet has these signs please bring them to the vet as soon as possible.

4. Urine or defecation changes

You might find this disgusting, but if you notice that your pet is having trouble going potty or urinating, peeing more frequently or in unusual places, or has blood in their faeces or urine, your veterinarian can assist identify the problem and administer the necessary care.

5. Change in activity level

If you notice that your pet is active as it used to be or has been sleeping more, then this is a sign that they are not well and should visit the vet. They might have systemic diseases, neurological problems, painful joints, senility changes or elevated temperature.

Are you having a hard time trying to find a vet that is suitable for your pet? Check out our previous post on ‘How to choose the right vet for your pet?

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