Symptoms Wisconsin Pet Owners Need to Know

Symptoms Wisconsin Pet Owners Need to Know

Symptoms Care

When to Take Your Pet to the Vet

Dogs and cats can’t tell you when they feel sick, are in pain, or need to visit the vets at Animal Wellness Center. Unfortunately, animals are genetically programmed to hide their pain and discomfort in a wide variety of ways. In the wild, any sign of pain could make them targets for predators. This instinctive behavior can make it hard to tell when your dog or cat needs medical intervention.

It is important to observe your pet’s habits since even the slightest behavioral change can mean something more is amiss. Animal Wellness Center veterinarians have some tips to know when it’s time to seek treatment for your cat or dog.

What symptoms do pet owners need to look out for?

Some of the more common symptoms of illness among dogs and cats include coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and itching. Noticeable symptoms in both canines and felines to look out for are:

    • Red or cloudy eyes
    • Fur falling out
    • Coughing or sneezing
    • Bad breath
    • Vomit or diarrhea
    • Discharge or drool
    • Limping
    • Open wound

If you notice your cat or dog developing any of these symptoms, we recommend you schedule an appointment right away at your nearest Animal Wellness Center.

Dogs and Puppies Behavior Changes

There are also more subtle ways dogs and puppies indicate infection, disease, or injury:

  • Licking, scratching, or biting at a particular location
  • Panting more during play or exercise
  • Increased thirst or appetite
  • Weight loss (especially if still eating well) or picky eating habits develop
  • Reluctance to move around
  • Easily agitated
  • Wanting to be alone when previously wanting to lay next to you/be on the bed
  • Separation anxiety when you leave
  • Need to go out more frequently for potty breaks or you notice “wet spots” around the house
  • Seeking out cold or warm places to lay (arthritis or injury concerns)
  • Pacing or seeming inability to get comfortable/stay in one location

If you notice any of these behavior changes or physical symptoms, contact the Animal Wellness Center nearest you to schedule an immediate appointment for your dog or puppy. These symptoms are often signs of greater health problems in canines.

Cats and Kittens Behavior Changes

Cats and kittens may indicate infection, disease, or injury through behavior changes:

  • Grooming the same part over and over
  • Panting during play or exercise
  • Increased thirst or appetite
  • Weight loss (especially if still eating well) or picky eating habits develop
  • Reluctance to move around or not chasing the sun to nap
  • Easily agitated
  • Isolation or hiding (beyond their normal behavior)
  • Increased anxiety when you leave or guests come over
  • Eliminates outside the litter box
  • Pacing or seeming inability to get comfortable/stay in one location

If you notice any of these behavior changes or physical symptoms, contact the Animal Wellness Center nearest you to schedule an immediate appointment for your cat or kitten. Felines are more likely to hide their illness and injury, so if they are in noticeable pain you must take them to the vet immediately.

By knowing what is “normal” in your pet’s routine and behavior, we can uncover “abnormal” behaviors more quickly and catch disease early on or treat injuries more effectively. YOU are your pet’s best advocate.

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment today.