Top 20 symptoms your pet is sick and needs help


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

As a pet owner, you know the habits of your furry friend better than anyone. But what if those habits suddenly change?

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.

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1 year 6 months ago

A,dog that. Chews holes in ur walls of ur house

8 months 14 days ago

10 week old border collie , not eating vomiting and losing weight, just wants to sleep!! Help please

Robert W. Lambert
8 months 5 days ago

My dog has developed small bumps on his skin. He has short hair and they are all over his body. They have showed up in the last 24 hours. What could this be? The bumps seem to be a little sensitive.

5 months 22 days ago

my dog doesnt want to get out of his crate and he just wants to sleep what does it mean?

3 months 12 days ago

My 3month old puppy has been spinning in circles for 4rs her pupils are huge loss of balance

3 months 4 days ago

My dog seems to be acting differently. He doesn’t eat his old food, he won’t beg from the table anymore and many other things. Although he still has the same energy and still the pet I love. Does this count as weird behavior? I just don’t know if I should be worried about him being sick or not.

Jim Milrs
2 months 25 days ago

My dog is 11 years old for the last2 days she always takrs a walk and she got skunked about8 months ago and she still has a weird smell on her,i cant figure it out.I love her so much she is my best friend I have had since she was 6 weeks old.She is eating and drinking but dont seem to want to do anything,i have no money to take her to the vet could she just be having 2 off days?

2 months 25 days ago

It sounds like my dog will react the same way to being sick as me. He will start feeling miserable and grumpy with a fever or congestion and loose his appetite. All pretty straight forward. However, my dog has always been a picky eater. Sometimes he refuses to eat just because he doesn’t like the new dog food we bought. So, how will I tell when he is not eating because he is sick and when it is because he is just being picky?

J Bond
2 months 23 days ago

We have a Stafford bull and all he dose is to walk round licking the floor so I am thinking his inside must be full of dog hair and what ever else he finds I have had dogs most of my life but I have never seen or heard or seen a thing like this