Sometimes it can be difficult to know how your pet is feeling. Animals can’t tell us what is wrong, so it’s up to you as a loving pet owner to look for signs that your pet isn’t feeling well. Here are 12 symptoms to look out for that could indicate that your dog or cat is under the weather.
1. Strange behaviors
Behavioral changes in animals can be one of the first signs that all is not well.
In particular, look out for dogs that suddenly lose interest in games and walks, as this sudden lack of enthusiasm could be their way of telling you that they don’t feel too good.
Animals that are suffering may also become restless and irritable. If your previously friendly dog wants to be left alone all the time, or your once independent kitty suddenly needs a lot of comfort and attention, consider taking them for a check-up.
Other behaviors to look out for include a pet that can’t seem to get comfortable and changes positions or moves to other locations frequently, uncharacteristically urinates in the house or seems to sleep much more than usual.
If you’re noticing changes in behavior, look also for changes in the physical appearance of your animal. Ears should smell clean, eyes should be bright, and coats should be shiny and full.
Your animal’s gums should be pink, her nose moist and cool. Feel for bumps under the skin that could signal a tumor, sniff your pet to detect any strange odors and take note of any changes in her weight.