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SIGNS OF A SICK OR INJURED PET

November 1, 2021

From their days as wild animals, pets have learned not to show weakness, because predators choose the sick and the most vulnerable. They try to cover up signs of illness or injury by instinctively hiding their pain as much as possible.

Pets have a very high pain threshold and don’t fake illness for sympathy. The signs that you would normally apply to yourself or your children are great indicators for your pets as well.

Detecting if your pet is sick can mean noticing the very subtle changes in their behavior. These can include:

  • Being quiet with decreased activity, possibly sleeping more, or hiding away.
  • Reluctance to eat or eating less than normal, or preferring different foods.
  • Changes to their drinking levels – either drinking more or less than normal.
  • Changes to toileting behavior, increased frequency of urination or diarrhoea.
  • Scratching excessively, skin or hair loss.
  • Stiffness, lameness or difficulty rising from sitting or lying down.
  • Coughing or vomiting

If any of these signs occur for over 24 hours or if you have concerns please contact us, we are only too happy to offer advice.

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