Mesa Veterinary Hospital

How can I tell if my dog or cat is sick?

One of the challenges of being a pet owner is that pets can’t tell you when they feel ill or are having pain. You may notice changes in behavior that could indicate a problem, but those signs may be subtle and easy to overlook.

If you suspect that your pet is sick, pay particular attention to their bowel and urination habits by following them to the yard or taking a peek into the litter box. If something seems off, like blood in the urine or feces, loose stools, or they seem to be straining, it is time for a trip to Mesa Veterinary Hospital.

Your pet’s eating habits can also be indicative of illness. If they once ate their food enthusiastically and are now displaying disinterest or not eating at all, they need an exam to rule out illness, obstruction, or even an allergy that has developed.

Other signs that should cause concern:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Limping 
  • Whining
  • Aggression
  • Lumps or cysts on or beneath the skin
  • Cloudy eyes 
  • Disorientation

Tune in to your pet’s behavior and compare it to how they behaved a month or even a week ago. Any sudden changes can indicate that something is going on that requires professional attention.

We welcome dogs, cats, small animals, birds, and exotics from Golden, West Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, and the surrounding areas. Many of our patients travel from nearby states to have the personal and comprehensive vet care our skilled doctors provide.

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