Is your pet feeling under the weather?
As a Veterinarian here in the Vail Valley, I often times am asked, “Isn’t your job so much more difficult than a human doctor because, well, Pet’s can’t tell you what is wrong?” This is a very true statement in the literal sense, because we all know our pets cannot “talk “ to us, but what I do tell inquisitive minds, our pets still “communicate “ with us, just not by talking!
Then the question arises, “How do I know if my pet is sick?”
Our Pets actually communicate to us thru their actions, which if understood by a watchful owner, can catch health issues before they become life threatening!
Signs to watch for in our pets that may signify an underlying health concern include:
Is your dog not wanting to go for their usual walk? Is your dog going to places he/she doesn’t normally go and not coming home? Is your cat hiding in places he/she has never been before? When animals are sick, it is not uncommon for them to wander off to be alone, or to hide in places so as to avoid contact with other pets.
Is your cat urinating around the house and you think he/she is “mad” at you ? Is your dog squatting to urinate in front of you in the kitchen this morning? Pet’s urinate inappropriately many times because of an underlying infection in their urinary tract. Don’t ever “assume” this is behavioral before you have ruled out infection with a proper Urinealysis with your veterinarian!
The list of how our pet’s communicate how they “feel” to us goes on and on but I’m hopeful this short list can make us all aware of the “bigger” signs to watch for that may tell us our furry friend is feeling under the weather!