The following may signal that your companion animal
needs medical attention.
You should seek veterinary care:
1) Anytime you find a lump on the animal's skin
2) If the animal seems unusually short of breath
3) If the animal experiences a sudden change in appetite.
4) If the animal starts losing weight.
5) If the animal drinks often and urinates more frequently.
Is Chocolate Really Toxic to Animals?
YES! Chocolate is a tasty toxin, which like caffeine, is
dangerous to dogs, cats and ferrets when eaten in large quantities.
Baking chocolate is the most dangerous. Keep chocolate out of reach of
animals at all times.
Coughing can be Serious
Coughing is the most common sign of heart disease in
pets. If your dog has been coughing for more than 24 hours, see your
vet. Coughing is extremely rare in cats and should always be seen by a
Feel on the inside of his back thigh, where the leg
joins the body.
Normal for cats: 110-170 beats a minute.
Normal for dog: 70-150 beats a minute.
1) A sweet, fruity scent could indicate diabetes,
especially if your pet is
drinking or urinating more than usual.
2) A urine-like smell might mean kidney disease.
3) A mouth odor that vets simply describe as "foul", when accompanied by
vomiting, loss of appetite, swelling of the abdomen or yellowing of the
or gums, could indicate a liver disorder.
When an animal has bad teeth, bacteria can get into
circulation around the gums. The bacteria float around the bloodstream
and eventually settle on the heart valve. To help keep your pet's teeth
clean, brush or scrub the teeth daily. In addition, giving the animal
raw carrots and hard rubber toys to chew will help keep the teeth clean.
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