Pet Illness

When your pet starts to act a little bit strange or seems irritated, it could be because of illness. If you think your pet might be dealing with illness, here is what you need to know.


Common Pet Illnesses

Some people do not think about their pets getting sick because it simply does not happen that often. The truth is, there are a lot of little illnesses that can cause problems with your pet, whether they are vomiting or simply acting a little bit strange. Here are some of the most common pet illnesses:

  • Cataracts
  • Arthritis
  • Ear infections
  • Fleas and ticks
  • Heartworm
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle, tissue and bone injuries

While plenty of animals go their entire lives without dealing with any serious illnesses, it's a good idea to keep an eye out for any problems. If your pet starts acting strange, limping or showing some other sign of an illness, it is important to take them to an animal hospital as soon as possible.

Pet Illness Symptoms

Recognizing the symptoms of illnesses in pets is the most important part of keeping them from progressing too far. It is a good idea to keep a close eye on dogs and cats and alert a veterinarian if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Here are some of the symptoms you might notice when your pet is ill:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing, gagging or coughing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive thirst
  • Difficulty with bodily functions
  • Runny eyes or nose

While many of these symptoms can be caused by completely harmless stuff such as a simple upset stomach, it's best to take your pet to a vet as soon as you can if they're exhibiting these symptoms.

Animal Hospital Pet Illness Treatment

When there is something wrong with your pet, your first step should be contacting an experienced veterinarian. Most of the time, there is not a lot you can do at home to make your pet feel better. Plus, it is important to get a professional diagnosis in case anything is wrong.

A veterinarian can help you choose the right course of treatment for your pet. In some cases, surgery might be required to correct a problem. Often, treating illnesses in pets is as simple as getting a prescription for a medication that you can give to them for a few weeks or months.

Give Us A Call Today!

If your pet is not feeling well, it is best to act right away. The good news is, Radford Animal Hospital can help you keep your pet healthy and happy. Whether you have got an emergency or simply want to bring your pet in for a checkup, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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