Taken from the Morris Animal Foundation, 10200 E. Girard Avenue, Suite B430, Denver, Colorado 80231-5510 or 1-800-243-2345, www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org
You can be your pet’s health care advocate by seeking routine care and watching for these signs of disease. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, seek veterinary advice.
- Changes in chewing, eating and drinking habits.
- Drastic weight gain or loss
- Withdrawal from social interactions or touching.
- Changes in activity level, including more sleeping or hyperactivity.
- Increase urination and “accidents”
Struggling to urinate-this is an emergency
- Grooms less or grooms certain areas excessively
- Increased, or change in vocalizations
- Skin lumps or bumps
Sudden collapse– this is an emergency
- Weight loss or gain
- Appetite loss/difficulty eating
- Sores that don’t heal
- Loss of energy
- Bleeding or discharge
- Persistant cough
- Change in breath or body odor
- Persistent Lameness, stiffness or limping
- Eating more than normal
- Excessive drinking of water, panting, scratching or urination