If your pet behaves like this take it to the vet immediately
We’re prepared to go to great lengths to make our pet’s life as happy and long as possible. But sometimes we end up in situations where we simply can’t understand what is happening with our four-legged darlings.
Today, Bright Side publishes a full list of signals that pets give their owners when asking for help.
1. Tendency to hide
If a dog or a cat suddenly begins to avoid contact, starts hiding around the house, or exhibits strange behavior it is a clear sign that your pet should be checked for physical damage and major illnesses.
2. Unexplainable lethargy
If your pet refuses to play its favorite games, choosing instead to spend more and more time lying on its mat there might be reason to worry: such behavior could indicate heart problems. Apathy can also be a symptom of other diseases as well as a sign of infestation by ticks and other parasites.
3. Refusal to eat
Continually refusing to accept food and especially water calls for immediate medical attention. Your cat or dog might be suffering from one of a broad range of illnesses.
4. Stooping and other unnatural postures
A sharply arched or sagging spine, a tail between the legs — these are the types of body language that our pets use to tell us that they’re in severe pain. If your four-legged friend keeps assuming such posture make an appointment with a vet without delay. Among other things, this kind of behavior can signify that your cat or dog is suffering from kidney stone disease.
5. Pet constantly licks itself in one particular place
This symptom is hard to discern since animals are known to often lick themselves throughout the day. If you’ve noticed that your pet is repetitively licking one particular spot on its body in a tensed and agitated manner, take it to a clinic at once. Rest assured, veterinary workers will praise you for your timely actions — they might well prove crucial for restoring your furry friend to health!
6. Bloating, flatulence, vomiting
When it comes to these symptoms, experts tend to name two most likely causes — either a worm infestation or a digestive system disorder (dysbiosis, problems with the liver or pancreas, poisoning). Bloating without any of the accompanying symptoms may indicate disorders in the genitourinary system.
7. Shortness of breath
If shortness of breath is not connected with intense physical activity or boisterous playing, it could be a sign of heart problems or extreme stress. The symptoms can also indicate the presence of a tick. Consult your vet as soon as possible — only a certified specialist can make a precise diagnosis!
8. Hissing, growling, plaintive meowing and whining
When in pain, animals are known to act in a hostile manner, even to the ones they love. Don’t take offense, and try to see this behavior for what it really is: a plea for help. And, in some cases, we could be talking about literal cries for help, with your pet’s voice suddenly acquiring a shrill pitch. Causes may include inflammations with high fever and other pain-inducing conditions of various intensity, including encephalopathy.
9. Discomfort when going to the toilet
Many cats tend to meow before going to the toilet, alerting everyone in the house to what they’re doing. However, if you notice your pet spinning around nervously in its litter tray, straining to defecate, or uttering distressed noises there could be a cause for concern. Similarly, if your dog whines while urinating take it to see a vet immediately. Diseases of the genitourinary system can be life threatening.
10. Pet pressing its head against the wall
If your cat or dog keeps staring at the wall or presses its head against hard surfaces there’s a strong possibility that your pet’s nervous system is out of order (causes may include infection, physical damage, or even a tumor). Make an appointment with your vet at once.
11. Labored breathing
If you can hear your pet wheeze when inhaling or exhaling and there are signs that its breathing has shifted from the chest to the belly, contact the vet without delay.
Every day, while stroking your pet, make sure to visually check its body for swellings. If you find one, study it carefully. It could be a simple bruise, or we could be talking about something more serious. In any case, any newly found swelling should be inspected by a vet.
Of all the health problems that might afflict your four-legged friend, limping is one of the easiest to notice. Unless you know for a fact that it was caused by some minor household accident (a paw caught in a door, for example), we advise you to contact a specialist. Leaving the condition unchecked can result in your pet losing the use of one of its limbs.
14. Third eyelid becoming visible
Normally, the third eyelid only appears when a cat falls asleep. If it stays visible all the time and covers about half the eyeball your pet should be checked for health problems. In cases where the third eyelid covers most of the eyeball, experts tend to suspect virus infections (such as panleukopenia).
15. Bowel disorders or constipation
Chronic bowel disorders or constipation can also be a sign of various serious illnesses, including spinal cord traumas and tumors, severe poisonings, proctites, etc. If your pet experiences bleeding, fever, severe changes in body temperature,or loss of consciousness contact a clinic immediately.