Anyone who has had pets at some point in their life, know that you can come to love hem as if they were part of the family and that when they do not feel well, you do all you can to relieve their pain.
However, being animals, things are not so simple as we would like. Although it is possible that we may feel that our pet is acting strangely, the language barrier always stands in the identification of any specific problem.
Know how to identify the signs that could save you a trip to the vet or, in extreme cases, to save the life of your faithful friend.
Here are 10 signs that may indicate your pet is sick:
1 – Not able to control their pee
All pets have a “little accident” once in a while, however, if this happens too often, it could be a symptom of a health problem.
Uncontrollable peeing is related to conditions such as nerve disruption, spinal or brain injury, urinary tract infections, tumors, and chronic inflammatory disease.
If the number of “accidents” seem to spin out of control, do not hesitate to bring your pet to the vet.
2 – Drink more than usual
Every pet will drink various amount of water, but probably you’ve learned their habits and know approximately what quantity of water they will drink normally.
If your pet seems to be drinking too much water, it could be a sign of a more serious problem.
The excessive intake of water can be a sign of diabetes, kidney failure, liver failure, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, hypercalcemia, infection or fever.
Get the opinion of a professional if you notice that your pet drinks too much.
3 – Diarrhea
As with people, diarrhea is a sign that there is something that does not work as it should in the digestive tract of your pet.
It is possible that your friend may have ingested something that their little stomach can’t handle, but if the problem persists, seek professional help.
4 – Lack of appetite
The majority of pets, especially dogs, love to eat. For this reason, it is always alarming if they don’t want to touch their food.
You can try to stimulate their appetite by offering them new foods. But if this does not seem to work, take your animal to the vet to see if they have some intestinal problem or any discomfort in their teeth or their mouth preventing them from eating.
5 – Vomiting
Vomiting is always a sign that something is wrong. In a few words, vomiting is a defense mechanism by which the body expels a substance that has been rejected by the digestive system.
However, continued or unexplained vomiting is a different story. These vomiting may be related to parasites, viral infections or bacterial, organ failure and swelling, among other problems.
6 – Red eyes
The eyes are the window to the soul, and the eyes of pets are not an exception.
If you have noticed that the eyes of your faithful friend look red or blood colored, this could be an indication of an eye injury, allergy, glaucoma, or a more serious underlying problem.
If the eyes of your pet do not improve after a day or two, it’s time to see a veterinarian to make sure that it is nothing serious.
7 – Excessive itching
Pets scratch for many of the reasons why we do it. But of course, itching that is excessive is always alarming, and it means that something out of the ordinary is happening.
Some of the causes that may be behind your pet’s compulsive scratching disorder may be allergies, anxiety, dry skin, hormone imbalances, or parasites.
Calm the discomfort or pain of your pet by taking it to the veterinarian immediately.
8 – Bad breath or drool
Animals are not precisely famous for having a good dental hygiene, but we love them anyway. However, bad breath or excessive drooling may be a sign of a health problem.
Some of the reasons why your pet may have bad breath include gum disease, kidney disease, intake of toxic substances, diabetes or oral tumors.
9 – Shake their head in excess
Have you ever noticed that your dog shakes its head a lot lately? If so, check their ears.
Check the ears of your dog to see if there is swelling or redness. The reaction of your pet when you observe the ears should also determine if that area has a problem.
10 – Eat grass
We’ve all seen our dogs eat grass from time to time.
Eating grass is not necessarily a sign of something going wrong. However, your dog might be eating grass to improve digestion, treat parasites or because they need fiber.