7 Signs You Should Take Your Pet to the Vet

While your pet may dread the vet, there are many instances where a visit to a local animal hospital or veterinarian is essential to his or her overall health. However, unless you have mastered the art of animal telepathy, determining when your pet truly needs a vet is often difficult to determine.

That’s why the Mebane, N.C., veterinarians at Mebane Pet Clinic put together a list of warning signs for local pet owners to consider when deciding whether to take their pet to visit the vet.

#1 – Odd Eating Habits

While many pets will skip a meal here and there, abnormal eating habits are cause for any pet owner to be concerned. In fact, loss of appetite is a symptom of many pet health problems and diseases. If your pet has not eaten consistently for two or more days, a prompt visit to the vet is the safest course of action. If you have not been closely monitoring your pet’s eating habits, sudden weight loss is a sure-fire sign of a more serious health problem.

#2 – Extreme Thirst

Your cat or dog shouldn’t be drinking as much as fish, unless it’s the middle of July. In fact, extreme thirst can be a sign of many different health issues, including kidney disease and diabetes. If you have noticed that your pet needs to urinate more than usual or makes more accidents in the house, you should consult your veterinarian about your pet’s abnormal thirst.

#3 – Frequent Vomiting/Diarrhea

While animals typically vomit more than humans do, frequent bouts of vomiting or diarrhea are reason enough to visit your vet immediately. Not only can severe vomiting and diarrhea cause dehydration, but it could also be a sign of some very serious health issues. If your pet has experienced gastric upset for more than 24 hours or you have noticed blood in your pet’s vomit or diarrhea, visit your veterinarian immediately.

#4 – Extreme Fatigue

A lethargic pet is rather commonplace, but it may also be a sign of a more serious health issue. If your pet seems abnormally fatigued for a prolonged period of time, he or she may be suffering from a chronic condition or even a life-threatening illness. If your pet seems unusually tired or weak for more than a week, it may be time to consider consulting a veterinarian. Extreme fatigue should be of particular concern in younger pets.

#5 – Vision Problems

Vision issues can occur at any stage of a pet’s life. If you sense your dog or cat is struggling to see or you notice a fuzziness in or on your pet’s eye(s), consult a veterinarian right away. Your elderly pet may be suffering from serious, but common vision problems, such as glaucoma or cataracts. If you have a younger pet, he or she could be suffering from vision problems caused by an infection or an hereditary condition.

#6 – Hair Issues

Hair loss and rough, dry hair are both signs of pet health problems. If your dog or cat no longer has strong, lustrous fur, it could be caused by a number of diseases and conditions, including alopecia, dermatitis, hypothyroidism and mange. A quick examination by your local veterinarian can help determine the source of your pet’s hair loss or other hair issue.

#7 – Abnormal Behavior

Abnormal behavior can be a simple sign of a very serious health issue. A cat hiding away may not be feeling very well. A dog with an unbalanced gait may be suffering from a torn ligament or neurological condition. A dog dragging his hind-end may have worms, kidney disease or diabetes. The list goes on and on. If your pet is exhibiting any abnormal behavior, moving or acting strangely, contact your local veterinarian right away.

Meet Your Mebane, N.C., Veterinarian

When determining whether or not to visit the vet, we encourage you to abide by this simple mantra – When it comes to health of your pet, always consult your vet! At Mebane Pet Clinic, we offer a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services as well as a state-of-the art surgical suite and team. Call today to schedule an appointment with our experienced, friendly Mebane, N.C., veterinarians: (919) 304-5200


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