When your pet seems “off,” it’s sometimes more than just a bad day. Sometimes, your pet could be displaying signs of a mild sickness or something more serious. As a pet clinic in Garden Grove offering mobile pet clinics to the surrounding area, we also want to offer you some education to help you recognize signs and symptoms of a sick pet.

It’s important to keep in mind that animals generally try to mask signs of illness as a natural instinctual behavior. We suggest that you look for subtle changes in your furry friend’s behavior or appearance that can signify illness. Look for:

  • A decrease or total loss of appetite
  • A decrease in activity level and overall energy level
  • Suddenly hiding from you or simply in general
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Blood in the stool or urine
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Sudden straining or the inability to use the bathroom
  • An increase in shedding or the sudden occurrence of bald patches
  • Excessive licking or scratching of their body
  • A foul odor that comes form their skin, mouth, or ears
  • Lumps or tumors
  • A discharge coming from their nose or eyes
  • Limping
  • Seizures
  • A sudden reluctance or difficulty in standing or going up and down the stairs
  • Abnormal whining or crying

Being aware of these signs and knowing which ones indicate an emergency and which ones require veterinary care should they continue for more than 24 to 48 hours is crucial to the health of your pet. If your pet has a hard, bloated abdomen, has an inability to urinate, is vomiting or has diarrhea excessively, is having seizures, or can’t stand up, then your pet is having an emergency medical situation and should see a veterinarian immediately.