Does my pet need to see a vet?

Below are some signs to look for in your pet, to determine if they are sick or experiencing discomfort. If you notice any of these signs or behaviors please contact us immediately.

Signs of illness in cats and dogs

  • Unusual behavior including aggression or lethargy
  • Unusual discharge from the eyes,nose, or other body openings
  • Increase or decrease in appetite lasting more than 24 hours
  • Excessive head shaking,scratching, or licking
  • Limping or difficulty moving
  • Unusual or fowl breath, excessive deposits on teeth
  • Changes in urination or drinking habits
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Painful or distended abdomen
  • Obvious injury or illness
  • Abnormal lumps or unexplained swelling
  • Cats… Straining in the litter box

Is my pet in pain?

Pets who are in pain may exhibit these behaviors

  • Excessive vocalization
  • Self afflicted injury such as biting or scratching
  • Changes in activity level
  • Trembling, circling, lying still, difficulty moving
  • Lack of grooming in cats
  • Posture changes, hunching or holding neck down
  • Aggression or acting out of character
  • Hissing, growling ,or pinning ears back

Normal levels for dogs                                           Normal levels for cats

Body Temperature 100.5 – 102.5 F                               Body Temperature 100.5 – 102.5 F
Heart Rate 70 – 120 beats per minute                        Heart Rate 120 – 140 beats per minute
Respiration 18 – 34 breaths per minute                     Respiration 16 – 40 breaths per minute

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