It’s scary to see your pet struggling and not know the severity of the situation. When you have concerns about your pet’s health, you need expert opinions and tips from a trained vet. How do you know what is worth a trip to the vet or something to simply ride out? Here are some important things you should call your vet about.

Disorientation or Lethargy

Lethargy & Disorientation in your Dog
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If your pet is dizzy, not eating, or fatigued without cause, you need to have the vet examine him or her. Vaccinations and certain medications may cause a bit of sleepiness or sluggishness, but without a cause this behavior could be a sign of something serious. A healthy pet should be alert and energetic.

Difficulty Breathing

If your pet is experiencing labored or weak breathing, you will want to talk to a vet about possible causes. Respiratory arrest or wheezing could be caused by a blockage, allergy, or disease. If an object is lodged in the throat and stops your pets breathing, perform the Heimlich and call your vet immediately. Do not try to extract a foreign object yourself or you may end up pushing it further down.

There are many foods and substances harmful to a pet. Some of those toxins are appealing, like chocolate, antifreeze, alcohol, and more. If you aren’t sure about the safety of a food, item or chemical your pet has ingested, talk to your vet!

Digestive Issues

Cat With Digestive Problems
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Your cat might be crouching in a tense manner or pawing at his own stomach or your dog might be yelping and not allow you to touch his belly. Your pet might be showing an unusual lack of interest in food. If your pet is experiencing digestive problems for more than 24 hours, you need to talk to a vet about whether a urinary tract infection, digestive blockage, internal bleeding, or organ disease could be causing an issue.

Bleeding

If your pet was in a fight or is bleeding for an unknown reason, you might need answers. Chat with a professional vet and find answers you can trust on Kuddly.co. Your vet will answer questions you have, like those concerning blood or another animal’s bite.

Toxin Exposure

Toxins and Our Pets
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There are many foods and substances harmful to a pet. Some of those toxins are appealing, like chocolate, antifreeze, alcohol, and more. If you aren’t sure about the safety of a food, item or chemical your pet has ingested, talk to your vet!

Pet Allergies

Pets often have skin allergies, hot spots, ear infections, and irritated eyes that could stem from allergies. In fact, pets are just as likely to have allergies as humans. Talk to your vet about how you can determine the allergens affecting your pet and what solutions will help reduce symptoms.

Problems With Urine and Bowel Movements

If your pet cannot produce urine or a bowel movement for more than a 24 hour period, you may need to visit the vet. Call a professional for advice if your pet is frantically licking his or her genitals or crying in pain when trying to urinate. If your pet experiences diarrhea, provide plenty of water and call the vet if it persists for longer than a day.

Remember to stay calm and rational even if your pet is experiencing an emergency; your pet feeds off of your energy and will become more upset with your distress. Be very careful with an injured pet because even the sweetest of pets will lash out in pain and fear. Talk to a vet at the first signs of trouble to reduce the need for emergency care later.

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