Most households in the U.S. have at least one pet.
And while many of us are used to our pets exhibiting adorably quirky behaviors, it’s not always easy to determine when one of these behaviors is out of the ordinary and may be emblematic of an underlying problem or health issue.
All it takes is a bit of research on your end to keep your pet healthy, so if you notice any of the following symptoms, be cautious and consider taking your furry friend to a local pet clinic.
Unusual Eating Habits
It’s one thing for your pet to have an off day, but for the most part, their eating habits should be relatively consistent.
Experts say if your pet goes two days without eating, it’s time to contact a local pet clinic to see what the issue is.
Keep an eye on how much your pet is drinking, as well — excessive thirst could also indicate a more serious underlying issue.
Each pet has their own unique personality, but if your dog experiences a sudden change in energy level and becomes slow, it could be a sign of distress:
“Lethargy is a sign that something may be troubling your dog. A lethargic dog may be uninterested in playing, going for a walk, or participating in activities they usually enjoy. Normal fatigue or sore muscles can sometimes be due to high temperatures, but you should see a vet if symptoms persist for more than two days,” writes Eloise Porter on Healthline.
Finally, remember to look at your pet’s eyes and look for signs of distress.
These signs could include cloudiness, redness, and excessive discharge.
Squinting should also be taken into consideration.
There are several diseases and issues that show signs of progression through your pet’s eyes, and a pet clinic can prescribe the appropriate medication once you take your pet for a checkup.
Overall, it’s important to be able to recognize these signs as well as others that may indicate a more serious health issue with your pet.