Your Pets Health

How to Tell if Your Animal is Sick

While most pet owners aren’t medical professionals, they are the most integral part of the veterinary team. This is because they are the first ones to notice the signs that their animals needs medical care. Here is a quick list of the most prominent signs indicating that your dog may be ill and should see a veterinarian:

  • Sleeping more
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Limping
  • Bloody stools
  • Coughing, sneezing
  • Constipation
  • Excessive panting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Fainting
  • Increased drinking
  • Increased peeing
  • Bloody urine
  • Inappropriate urination (i.e. peeing in the house)
  • Lumps, bumps and swelling

If you have access to a thermometer, you can rectally take your animal’s temperature. The normal temperature for a dog is between 37.5° to 39.1° Celsius (99.5° to 102.5° Fahrenheit) and 38° – 39.2° Celsius (100.5° – 102.5° Fahrenheit) for a cat. Any temperature reading above or below this range is a good indication that your pet may need immediate medical attention.

If any of these symptoms become apparent in your animals, please do not hesitate to call your veterinarian. If we are your veterinary clinic, our phone number is (647) 347-8387. If we are not open, our voice mail will direct you to the nearest veterinary emergency clinic. For your convenience, our hours are:

Monday: 8AM – 7PM

Tuesday: 8AM – 8PM

Wednesday: 8AM – 7PM

Thursday: 8AM – 8PM

Friday: 8AM – 7AM

Saturday: 9AM – 2PM

Sunday: CLOSED

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