Pet Health Warning Signs

Taken from the Morris Animal Foundation, 10200 E. Girard Avenue, Suite B430, Denver, Colorado 80231-5510 or 1-800-243-2345,

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
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Eating more than normal
  • Excessive drinking of water, panting, scratching or urination

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