Take a look at some of these obvious, and not so obvious, signs that your pet needs to be seen by your Veterinarian.

Warning Signs Your Pet Should be Seen by a Veterinarian

There are many obvious signs that our pets display that indicate that a visit to their veterinarian is in order.  These obvious signs are easy to spot, because many of them are similar to symptoms that we, as people, display when we aren’t feeling well such as:


  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea
  • Change in appetite, either a decrease or increase
  • Change in normal activity level: feeling lethargic, hyperactive or restless
  • Limping
  • Sudden inability to move back legs
  • Crying in pain when touched
  • Seizures
  • Any loss of consciousness
  • Any difficulty breathing or labored breathing
  • Any blue, purple, or pale hut to the tongue and gums
  • Sudden collapse
  • Crying out while urinating
  • Sneezing excessively
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Runny eyes or nose.

 However, there are also some very subtle symptoms our pets might display that could be hiding potentially life-threatening conditions.  Because our pets can’t tell us when they aren’t feeling well, pay particular attention if your pet displays any of the symptoms below because they might require urgent care:


  • Unintended weight loss
  • Excessive drinking
  • Clumsy or disoriented behavior
  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Panting in a cat
  • Excessive drooling
  • Vocalizing and/or straining in the litter box without producing urine (especially in male cats)
  • Change in urination: location, frequency, amount, color, or smell
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Nose bleed or bruising anywhere on the body
  • Any unusual odor
  • Excessive hair loss
  • Squinting

 If as a pet owner, you ever have doubts as to whether your pet should be seen, don’t hesitate to call our office.  Our trained and dedicated staff will be more than happy to assist you.