“Is this normal?”
When it comes to your pet’s health, it is important to know your pet’s routines, habits and preferences so that it becomes easier to spot changes in their behaviour. “Is this normal?” is a common question that veterinarians receive from pet owners on a regular basis.
Signs to watch out for include:
- Is your pet normally friendly and affectionate? If they start to act withdrawn, cranky or avoid companionship and attention, it can indicate a negative behavioural change due to pain.
- Cats in particular tend to conceal their discomfort. If your cat pays attention more to one leg more than the others, there is a good chance they are in pain and require a veterinary visit.
- Changes in eating habits such as not eating all their food/water, or are constantly eating/drinking can indicate something is wrong.
- Major fluctuations in weight gain/loss.
- Lumps or swelling.
- Changes in bathroom habits such as litter box avoidance in cats or diarrhoea in dogs. Any sores or areas that expel blood or pus should be examined right away by a veterinarian.
- Coughing, sneezing or chewing at one part of the body.
Know your pet when they are healthy, as this is the best way to notice when it’s time to visit the veterinarian. Routine preventative care visits are the key to avoiding serious illness in your pet before they negatively impact your pet’s health and wellbeing.
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