Signs and Symptoms Pet Owners Should Not Ignore
|There are several diseases or conditions that owners should never second guess on their severity and always seek the advice and/or care of a veterinarian. These include:
Such conditions should not simply be managed by guardian home care a lone at least initially when they present. Concerning the digestive tract, if there is any possibility of foreign body or toxin ingestion by your pet, he or she should always be evaluated with an exam, possible lab work, and likely X-rays of the abdomen to make sure there has been no obstruction or metabolic compromise of the animal.
bloat of the stomach, is most common in large breed dogs. Any large breed dog with a history of nonproductive retching and/or frequent vomiting, severe restlessness and distention of the abdomen should always be evaluated by a veterinarian. Pets with frequent vomiting, abdominal pain, and/or a history of diagnosis of pancreatitis also need to be under the care or advice of a veterinarian.
For pets with a history of frequent attempts with little urination and/or drops of blood your pet should be evaluated immediately. For male cats, this is much more common and should be addressed to reduce the risk of infection and/or blockage.
Any pet with frequent coughing, and or respiratory distress also need to be evaluated by a veterinarian for conditions such as laryngeal paralysis, collapsing trachea, asthma, obstructive airway disease and/or heart disease.
While many pets may have only one seizure in their life and never have another one, other pets can develop chronic and/or serious seizure disorders or epilepsy that need medical assessment for proper diagnosis and treatment and to avoid complications.
Acute allergic reactions such as facial swelling or difficulty breathing also should be immediately evaluated by a veterinarian.
Finally, while not an emergency, any pet who develops any new or hard skin lumps or tumors should have these lumps evaluated and/or aspirated by a veterinarian to make sure these lumps are not malignant. Other severe symptoms such as bleeding, severe skin bruising, weakness/collapse, loss of appetite for many days, and pale cool gums should always be assessed by veterinary exam and evaluation.