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When should my pet see a vet?

September 23, 2014
by Jami Stromberg, DVM
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Although we like to think we can speak to our animals (and they can talk back), sometimes it is unclear if our pet is sick or injured. Most animals, even pets, try not to show us that they are not feeling well. That protective instinct is still present, even after thousands of years of domestication!

If my pet is sick or injured, how will I know if it’s time to make that vet appointment?

Bring your pet in TODAY if you see any of these symptoms!!

  • Lethargy for more than 24 hours, or if the lethargy is getting worse throughout that period.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea more than one time in 24 hours.
  • Not eating normal amount of food for more than 24 hours.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea accompanied by lethargy or appetite loss, even if less than 24 hours.
  • Any perceived trouble breathing.
  • Vocalizing as if painful.
  • A limp that last for more than 2 days, is getting worse, or if the pet is not bearing weight on the limb at all.
  • Hiding/withdrawing for more than 24 hours.
  • Straining to go to the bathroom, vocalizing while going to the bathroom, or urinating small frequent amounts (or going into the litterbox/asking to go outside more frequently than normal).
  • Any bite wound.
  • Seizure or collapse.
  • A red eye, or new discharge from the eye.