If you've ever taken a close look at the small print on a bag or can of cat food, you've probably noticed that taurine is among the list of ingredients. Taurine is an amino acid that helps keep yo ...View Article
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Posted on 03-23-2018
If you are like most pet owners, you recognize the obvious signs of your pet being in distress and will seek care at the Radford Animal Hospital. But, are you aware of the more subtle symptoms and clues that your pet needs help from the veterinary hospital? Here are some of the clues to be aware of that indicate your pet should visit our Radford veterinarian.
Although pets may vary in their typical posture and body presentation, there are certain things to be aware of. For example, if your pet bird sits with feathers ruffled out for long periods of time, it may be a symptom of respiratory illness and rabbits that sit in a hunched position may be suffering from stasis (a problem with the gastrointestinal tract) and if you notice your dog or cat sleeping in an unusual position, limping or hesitating to sit down, they should see a doctor as soon as possible.
If your pet is normally social, but is suddenly sleeping more frequently or seeking more quiet time, it may be the symptom of an infection or pain. Going into hiding is a clue that you should pay careful attention to as the pain may be due to a serious, life-threatening situation. For example, your pet may have swallowed something that is stuck in their intestines, which requires immediate medical attention.
Even with routine care, your pet can get dental diseases, so if you notice your pet has bad breath, it may be a clue of severe dental disease. It is important to take your pet to the vet in Blacksburg if your pet has broken teeth, dental abscesses or other dental problems, such as an infection, which can worsen without visiting the vet for prescription medications to help get rid of infections. Keep in mind that dental diseases can lead to other health problems, including cardiovascular disease.
Contact Radford Animal Hospital if there are any changes in your pet’s behaviors and eating habits. You can reach us at 540-639-3891 or visit our location at 7367 Lee Hwy in Radford, VA. Our veterinarians proudly serve pets and owners in the surrounding communities of Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Dublin
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