Coughing, sneezing, fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, bumps, lumps, limps, cuts, scrapes, bites… Sometimes it’s tough being a dog or cat!
When pets get sick, the stress of visiting the veterinarian spreads to the whole family and our thoughts run wild: What’s wrong? Is it an emergency? What can we do? How bad is it? How did it happen? Will she get better? Will my other pets get sick, too? How much will this cost? We’re here to help you and your pets through the everyday illnesses common to dogs and cats. We’ll address their symptoms—and your worries—with a plan for testing and treatment that balances your pets needs with your budget. We’ll answer your questions in words you understand. And we’ll provide the support you need to continue your pets’ care at home.
Signs that your pet is sick and needs to be examined by a veterinarian include (but aren’t limited to):
- Lethargy or weakness that lasts for 24 hours or more
- Rectal temperature over 102.5 degrees
- Eating less than usual for more than two or three meals in a row
- Cough that lasts more than 24 hours
- Discharge from the eyes or nose
- Repeated vomiting or vomiting on an empty stomach
- Diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours; diarrhea with blood or mucus
- Increased thirst or urination
- Difficulty urinating, discolored or bloody urine
- Difficulty defecating
- Rapid weigh loss or weight gain
- Eating more than usual, especially if the pet is losing weight despite the increased appetite
- Bleeding or open wounds
- Limping or lameness that lasts more than 24 hours
- Swellings, lumps and bumps–especially if they grow rapidly
- ANY unusual symptoms that last for more than two days
For symptoms associated with life-threatening emergencies, click HERE.