With all the love, toys, and cuddles we give our pet, we wish that’s all it would take to make them invincible and have nothing burden them other than when their bowls are going to be filled. But pets do go through ups and downs too.
Regardless of age, breed, and lifestyle, responsible pet parents should know when something is amiss with their furbaby. While they cannot verbally tell you, here are some telltale signs that your furbaby is in distress.
1. They’re not eating:
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Not eating or significant loss of appetite is a sure sign that your pet is ill. Minus their picky eating habits, if they’re not eating what they usually enjoy and their stools are loose, they are likely to have an infection or experiencing pain. Prompt veterinary action is advised.
Rule out if your pet has been recently vaccinated, as this does decrease appetite for a few days, or if they are in an environment which they do not feel safe in.
2. Excessive coughing and sneezing:
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While the occasional cat sneeze and dog wheeze is adorable, if it’s persistent, prolonged, and followed by a runny nose and eyes, your furbaby is likely to have caught a respiratory infection. Act fast on your cats cold or your dog’s sniffles before it gets worse and will need veterinary attention.
Try these at-home treatments to nurse your furbaby to good health:
- Keep eyes and nose clean from discharge using a moist cotton ball
- Provide extra warmth with blankets and extra nutrition
- Encourage them to drink more with warm broth and plenty of water
- If they sleep outside, let them sleep indoors until they recover
- If you have one available, let them sleep with vaporizer
3. Fainting or collapsing
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Losing strength and falling over from loss of consciousness is a sign never to be ignored in your pet. Even though they usually regain consciousness quickly and act normal, collapsing is not a normal healthy behavior. Call your vet immediately to rule out what could be wrong.
4. Change in personality
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Furbabies have feelings too, and that spectrum spans farther than their feelings of happiness and love that us pet parents copiously give them. Pets feel sadness, anxiety, and even jealousy. If your pet is acting differently and you have ruled out that they aren’t physically ill, they may be emotionally burdened.
Identify what’s bothering them. Is a new pet in the house making them jealous? A new living environment making them anxious? A loss of a fur friend making them depressed?
Here’s any pet parent’s prescription: Increase the quantity, frequency and duration of cuddles, grooming, and play time to remind them that they are safe and loved.