Animal Health and What You Need to Know

You love your pet, that’s no secret. But there are things you need to know to keep your fur-kid safe.  There are some information you should be aware to ensure your pet is safe and healthy.

Are you aware that some common household products and medicines that we take (as humans) for granted can actually be poisonous to pets. Do not give painkillers, sedatives, or other drugs on the way to the emergency animal hospital, or the vet’s office.  These drugs can lower the pet’s blood pressure or mask signs and symptoms during a medical exam.

Do not give anything to eat or drink before or during transporting.

Feces color can be a reliable indicator of disease or internal injury.  Possible trauma, disease, or ingestion of something (like chocolate, which they should not eat) feces can be dark in color or almost black.  In disease, it may be dark for several days.  If tarry you should suspect internal bleeding or recent trauma.  If feces are gray and foamy, this is usually disease related.

Observe your pet with a clinical eye if you suspect something may not be quite right.  The “Snout to Tail” assessment is the best way to keep an eye on the pet:

Physical Stance:  How does the pet look as it stands and sits from the side, walking on the leash.

Food and Water:    One of the best signs that something is not quite right with a pet is a change in their eating habits.  Is your pet  eating  more, less, or not eating at all?  Does the pet sit and drool at the food? This could be a sign of a tooth or mouth problem.

Skin and Coat:  In the case of disease or  malnutrition, the first thing affected is the skin and coat.  Has the coat changed, is shedding more dramatic for the time of year.

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