Obviously, we always try to provide our beloved pets with the best possible care; yet, at the same time we could probably list off a number of occasions where we have ignored particular symptoms. For the most part, we feel that minor symptoms will not likely signify a major illness so it’s best to take a wait and see approach. Nevertheless, while there are some signs of illness that can be ignored, there are also a few that should never be ignored.
- Difficulty Urinating Clearly the inability to urinate is a serious symptom and difficulty passing urine is often associated with painful symptoms. While you’re not likely to ignore this problem, you also might not be aware of the problem because you assume your pet has gone somewhere at some point. Still, if you notice your pet isn’t toileting normally, visit the veterinarian immediately as an obstruction may be the cause and serious illness can ensue.
- Vomiting or Diarrhea All pet owners have probably experienced vomiting or diarrhea from their pet. In fact, vomiting to expel hairballs is quite common in cats and dogs can sometimes eat things that they shouldn’t. You need to be careful if your pet is vomiting or has diarrhea in addition to other symptoms like depression, lethargy, weakness, or lack of appetite.
- Physical Injury Physical injury or trauma may be the result of a run in with a vehicle or another animal. Unfortunately, we can’t always see physical trauma just by looking at our pets. You need to be vigilant about pain, difficulty moving, lameness, or other signs of physical trauma and see your vet immediately if you suspect your pet has undergone physical injury. Internal trauma can obviously be life threatening and only a veterinarian can diagnose and treat internal injuries.