Good pet parents know that pets are part of the family. They provide companionship, security and joy to your household, and naturally, all the special ways that pets bring happiness into our lives mean that we love them and want what is best for them. Part of that includes ensuring that your pet is healthy, comfortable and happy. There are a few warning signs to look out for in your pet so that you can have them treated should anything be amiss physically. These warnings should be followed by a trip to the vet to ensure that your pet is healthy and to improve and maintain their quality of life.
Here are 6 warning signs to look out for:
- Excessive thirst
Usually, pets are prone to drink a lot of water, especially on a hot summer’s day. On average, pets drink up to 1 cup for every 5kg present in their bodies, but as a pet owner, it is easy to anticipate how much water your pet drinks on average. When your pet starts drink water excessively, then something is definitely wrong. Excessive thirst can be linked to diabetes, dehydration or kidney disease in your pet. Similarly, if your pet inhabits irregular eating habits, it is advisable to take your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
- Irregular stools and eating habits
Pets should have small, dark, moist stools. Anything other than that can be a cause for concern. Anything ranging from diarrhea, blood or worm infestations in stools calls for a visit to the vet. This can be caused by kidney problems, infections or diet.
- Behavioural changes
Usually pets express themselves with actions or a sudden change in behaviour. So when your pet starts showing unusual behaviour or mood swings, this might mean that your pet is injured or not feeling well. If your pet suddenly starts being more aggressive, or listless, it can indicate a health concern such as tumours, a head injury, or poisoning.
- Frequent urination and constant licking
Urinary tract infections and constant licking can also be a sign of a health concern. Frequent urinating could signify bladder issues. Frequent licking could mean the presence of fleas; while infections and fly eggs are common grounds for an itchy pet and should be treated as soon as possible.
- Change in eyes, fur and gums
If you notice red eyes or a strange substance coming out from your pet’s eye, this may indicate the presence of an infection in your pet. Pet’s fur should be shiny, fluffy and thick. But if your pet’s fur is thin, dry and keeps shedding, then it could be a sign of malnutrition or an allergy. Pets gums can also provide signs of your pet’s health. Change in colour of your pet’s gums can indicate a fever, loss of blood or an infection.
- Prolonged sleeping
Pets are prone to sleeping approximately 13-16 hours a day. Anything longer than that can be an underlying cause of stress or parasite infection. It is best to take your pet to the vet to rule out any uncertainties.