Illness or injury is not always obvious with pets. A dog or cat cannot talk to their human to tell them when something is wrong. Animals also have instincts that tell them to hide their pain because in nature it makes them a target. It is not always easy to know what the problem may be, but there are ways to determine if a vet visit is needed.
Appetite is Different
Illness can cause an increase in appetite for no apparent reason or the sudden refusal of the pet to eat anything. The lack of appetite could mean the pet has a slight stomachache or may dislike the food offered. If the hunger strike lasts more than a couple days and the pet avoids even their favorite snacks, call for Animal Treatment in Alexandria.
Increased appetite, especially in older dogs can be a sign of some digestive issues. Again, a day or two of extra interest in food is usually nothing to worry about. If the voracious hunger continues, it is time to go to the vet.
Behavior Seems Unusual
Illness can cause a normally bold and confident pet to seem nervous and shy, or a friendly pet may become aggressive. Pain can cause pets to feel fearful and to see any approach towards them as a threat to their well-being. Animal Treatment in Alexandria will determine the cause of their sudden personality swing, so that the pet can have some relief.
Activity Level Drops
Cats and dogs sleep most of the day. Both species enjoy about 16 hours of rest. However, normal triggers should draw their attention. A cat may wake instantly at the sounds of a can opener. The offer of a walk is generally all it takes to get a dog to the door. If the things they normally cannot resist are not enough to get them up and around it could mean the pet needs help.
Sometimes the pet owner notices none of these things. Instead, the only sign is the feeling that there is a problem. Always trust those feelings. It is better to take a healthy pet to the vet than to leave a sick one suffering in silence. Contact Hayfield Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment.