Pets Tell Us When They’re Sick

By Susan Aiello • Published: October 1st, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

Veterinary medicine has been compared to pediatrics, and not just because kids can sometimes act like animals. Like infants, pets can’t talk, so they tell us what’s wrong by changes in behavior.

Acting sluggish and having less appetite are very common signs that something may be amiss, although hot weather can also influence these. Vomiting and diarrhea are other common signs of illness, especially when red blood or tar-colored material makes an appearance.

Excessive thirst, persistent cough, and a discharge from the eyes or ears are also clues to potential problems. Even something as simple as excessive dandruff can be a signal that things are not right inside.

You know your pet better than anyone, so if your pet seems “off” and the situation persists, it’s worth a trip to the vet. The thanks from your furry friend will go beyond words.