Health warning signs you should never ignore in your pet

Be on the lookout for these symptoms

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Our pets can’t always tell us when something is wrong with them, so pet owners need to know the signs to look out for. Subtle signs or behaviors could be indicators of a more serious medical issue. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is at VCA Hawaii in Pearl City with Dr. Hye-Yeon Jang to talk more about the signs to never ignore in your pets.

If your pet has labored breathing, collapses or appears weak, strains to urinate, or seems to be suffering from pain or worsening behavioral issues, these are all signs to look out for. Owners should also be aware of retching in large, deep chested dogs.

If you notice your pet is suffering a heat stroke, take action immediately by actively cooling, as heat strokes can be deadly. You can use a cool or tepid water bath, fan, or use alcohol on paw pads and their abdomen before or during transit to the hospital.

You should also take immediate action if your pet has been exposed to toxins by calling the poison control hotline before you induce vomiting or give any home remedies to your pet. When it comes to Bufo toad exposure, wash or cleanse your pet’s gums with water and wipes before or during transit to the hospital.

In cases of mild symptoms and abnormal behavior, try the wait and see approach before deciding to take your pet to the vet. If your dog or cat’s energy and appetite are normal, but it’s vomiting and is suffering from diarrhea, try a bland diet for 24 hours. However, if there’s no improvement or symptoms worsen, the pet should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

To ease your pet’s discomfort, put restrictions on exercise: No running, jumping, playing, and only take short leash walks. Try giving your pet soft-padded bedding if they are limping or having musculoskeletal pain. However, the most important thing owners can do is provide a safe, comfortable and familiar environment to help with any behavioral issues.

About VCA Hawaii:
VCA Hawaii strives to provide the very best in medical care, and the hospitals provide a full range of general, surgical and specialized care. This is how VCA Hawaii veterinarians would treat their own pets, and it offers nothing less than that to you and your pet. VCA Hawaii understands your pets are a big part of your family and will be there for you every step of the way when it comes to your pets’ health.

For more information: vcahospitals.com/kapolei, vcahospitals.com