Serious Illness: Ten Symptoms to Watch For
If your cat or dog displays any of the following symptoms, we recommend that you seek help from our trained veterinary staff:
- Persistent vomiting, black or bright red vomitus or dry heaves. Vomiting that lasts for longer than 24 hours can be a symptom of underlying disease. If the vomitus is red, this indicates blood. If the vomitus is black this can indicate gastric ulcers. Dry heaves can be a symptom of bloat, which occurs very quickly and is an extremely serious condition.
- Sudden change of appetite or thirst.
- Rapid weight loss. There are several conditions that may cause weight loss including kidney disease, metabolic disease (thyroid), heart failure, diabetes, liver problems, and intestinal problems.
- Any kind of bleeding, especially in the urine or stool.
- Significant change in urination habits. This could signal kidney disease, infection, bladder stones (uroliths) or inflammatory disease of the bladder..
- Confusion, staggering, or collapse. Any of these symptoms may indicate heart problems, brain problems, high blood pressure, hormonal disorders, or that your pet has come into contact with a toxin.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Weakness, lameness, lack of coordination. A few of these symptoms can indicate trauma, infection, heart failure, neurologic disease, cancer, or internal disease.
- Persistent whining or crying. This indicates your dog is in pain.
- Persistent diarrhea. This could indicate a severe infection, bowel injury, cancer, or an intestinal disease.
Remember: A little extra weight is a big problem. 2 lbs extra on a 20 lb dog is 10% of his or her body weight! Snacks, overfeeding, unlimited access to food, and lack of exercise are major reasons why nearly 35% of pets are overweight. With proper nutrition and exercise, your pet can lead a happier, healthier, longer life. We have several reduced calorie diets that our cats and dogs love as well as low-calorie treats for a healthier pet.