If you currently have a pet, then you will understand the need to make sure it is healthy and happy. What most people aren’t aware of, when it comes to their pets, they still have the base instincts that their ancestors had.
One of those instincts was to hide any signs of weakness in order to survive. Because of this instinct to hide weakness, your pet will more than likely not show signs of it feeling bad unless there is no way of hiding those symptoms. This will mean that you will have to keep a close eye for certain symptoms to keep your pet healthy.
One of the most common signs that your pet isn’t feeling good is lethargy. If you find that your pet is lying around a lot and doesn’t seem to have any energy, then there is a good chance that there is something wrong. It doesn’t mean that the health issue is fatal or anything, but pets are always full of energy at certain times. You should keep a close eye on your pet and speak with your vet, just in case. If they are lethargic for days at a time, then you need to take them to the vet.
Diarrhea and vomiting are a common aspect of having pets. Sometimes, they just over eat or they have a hairball. Whatever the reason, these symptoms should be watched closely. If you find your pet has diarrhea for more than a couple of days in a row, then you should take them to the vet. There are some serious issues that can cause diarrhea in your pet where they can quickly become dehydrated, and that is not good either. Sometimes this occurs if you change the brand of food they have been eating and is a natural process of their body reacting to the change of diet; however, some things are a lot more dangerous.
Keeping an eye on these symptoms will help you determine your dog’s health without having to run back and forth to the vet or waiting until it’s too late. With just these basic symptoms, you can tell if your dog is severely unhealthy or if you need to change their diet back to something more agreeable.
Every pet owner knows there may come a time when you will need to get emergency care for your pet. Just like accidents happen to people and they need to go to the emergency room at their local hospital, pets might end up needing to visit one as well.
Emergency Vet Hospitals are hard to come by sometimes as it takes quite a bit of money to keep them running. Unlike regular hospitals that people go to, a vet hospital doesn’t get any state or federal funding to keep its doors open. Because of this, not every city will have one that can accommodate all the pets.
As you might not be able to get your pet to a vet hospital, there are other options that you can try. Most vets will be more than capable of handling any type of surgery that they might need to do, but there could be times when you find your local vet is closed for the day. Vets are very caring people and they will open up for an emergency. In fact, there are plenty of vets that have emergency numbers that you can call if you need to.
You can ask your vet what kinds of medications you can give to your pet to help them until you can get them to the vet. Small amounts of over the counter medications for people can be given to some pets in order to give them a bit of relief. But you have to talk to your vet about the dosages as they are not given for pets. Taking actions like this ahead of an emergency will help you in case something does happen later on, and your vet will do anything they can to help you out when you need it.
As far as paying for an emergency, you can simply take a little extra money to your vet every month and have it added to your account. This will build up a small savings in your account that you can use later on if some kind of emergency pops up. You can also get cheaper treatments if you are more willing to handle some aspects at home instead of having the vet do everything for your pet.