Your pet is more than just an animal that hangs around your house. They’re a part of the family. They greet you when you get home, snuggle with you the times you need it most, they make you laugh, and they give you all of their love and trust. Since they can’t tell you when they’re not feeling great, it’s important for you to keep an eye out for warning signs that they need to take a trip to the vet. If you’ve noticed any of the following, then be sure to contact Eastside Animal Hospital in Muskogee to set up an appointment!

Eating Habits

While it’s not unusual for your pet to skip a meal or two on occasion, but if they refuse to eat for more than a day it’s a clear sign that something isn’t right and they should come in for an examination. Whether behavioral or an illness, our veterinarians will be able to diagnose the problem and offer treatment plans. There are also diseases that cause pets to significantly change their eating habits. If your dog or cat suddenly wants to eat much more than usual or they attempt to get into trash cans for any morsel of food, it may be a call for help.

Odd Behavior

Your pet’s behavior might be erratic, especially if they’re young (or a cat), but as their owner, you know them and their personality better than anyone. If your usually active dog suddenly becomes sluggish and lethargic, your sweet cat becomes aggressive, or any other odd behavioral changes, it could be them trying to tell you that something is wrong. So if you begin to notice them acting strangely or just not their usual selves, then trust your gut and get them checked out.

Breathing Patterns

If you’ve begun to notice your pet breathing irregularly or they appear to have difficulty catching their breath without having performed any kind of activity or exercise, this could be a sign of numerous conditions, some being incredibly dangerous for their wellbeing, and you should contact our animal hospital immediately so that we can take a look.

Change in Coat

Their coats may alter a bit when the seasons change, but if the change is drastic and there appears to be no reason, then something might be wrong. There can be a variety of causes of this including stress, allergies, or a skin disease.

Emergency

If your beloved pet is showing any of the following symptoms, then it’s important that you bring them to our veterinary hospital immediately:

  • Seizure
  • Vomiting
  • Bleeding (from their nose, eyes, or mouth, or blood in their stool)
  • Open wounds
  • Intense Pain
  • Swollen Abdomen

There are many other warning signs that you should look out for that indicate that your pet needs a trip to the vet, we will go over these in future posts, but the most important thing is for you to trust your instinct. If you have any inclination that something is wrong, then don’t hesitate to book an appointment at Eastside Animal Hospital in Muskogee. Our staff is dedicated to the quality of life of your pet and will diagnose and treat your beloved friend. Contact us today for more information.