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Smart Living 10 Subtle Signs Your Pet Is Trying To Tell You That She’s Sick

00:16  11 january  2018
00:16  11 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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a close up of food: sick dog© Flickr / JnL sick dog

For most of us, our pets are part of the family. When a family member isn’t feeling well, you do what you can to help them out of their funk.

However, when it comes to animals, things aren’t quite so simple. While we may be able to sense that our pet is acting a little strange, the language barrier always seems to get in the way of pinpointing the specific problem.

This can be frustrating for you, and uncomfortable for your pet. Since those are both things we want to avoid, it’s a good practice to know what signs to look for, and what they mean.

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Knowing how to identify your pet’s signs of sickness could save you a trip to the vet, or even help save your pet’s life in extreme cases.

Without further ado, check out the most common signs that your pet is feeling under the weather!

Thumbnail Photo: Flickr / JnL

1. Uncontrolled Peeing

a close up of text on a white background: 1. Uncontrolled Peeing© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 1. Uncontrolled Peeing

All pets are entitled to the occasional accident, but there is a certain point when you can tell that their behavior is getting out of hand.

According to PetMD, uncontrollable peeing is linked to conditions like nerve disruption, spinal and brain legions, urinary tract infections, tumors, and chronic inflammatory disease.

Definitely, take your pet to the vet if you’ve noticed an increase in accidents.

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2. Drinking More Than Usual

2. Drinking More Than Usual© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 2. Drinking More Than Usual

Every pet is different when it comes to how much water they like to drink. You’ve probably noticed your dog or cat’s drinking habits and what is “normal” for them.

If your pet seems to be drinking an excessive amount of water, it could be a sign of a more serious underlying problem than the fact that they are just really thirsty.

Pet Helpful explains that excessive drinking can be a sign of diabetes, kidney failure, liver failure, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, hypercalcemia, infections, or fever.

Getting a second opinion from a professional is necessary if you’ve noticed this about your pet.

3. Diarrhea

a close up of a logo: 3. Diarrhea© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 3. Diarrhea

Like in people, diarrhea is a sign that there is something digestively wrong with your pet.

Your dog or cat could have just scavenged something their little stomach can’t handle, but if it persists, seek professional help.

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4. Lack Of Appetite

a close up of a logo: 4. Lack Of Appetite© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 4. Lack Of Appetite

Most pets, especially dogs, love to eat. It’s always alarming when they decide not to touch their food.

First, PetMD recommends trying new food to stimulate your animals appetite.

However, if that doesn’t seem to work, take your animal to the vet to see whether something is wrong with their insides, or even with their teeth or mouth.

5. Vomiting

a close up of text on a white background: 5. Vomiting© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 5. Vomiting

Vomiting is always a sign that there is something wrong. Vomiting occurs when your digestive system is rejecting a substance, and is a mechanism that keeps you healthy for the most part.

However, continued, or inexplainable vomiting can be a different story. The American Kennel Club says that vomiting can be linked to parasites, viral or bacterial infections, organ failure and bloat, amongst other issues.

6. Red Eyes

6. Red Eyes© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 6. Red Eyes

Eyes are the window to the soul, and pets are no exception. Your pet’s eyes can tell you a lot about their overall health.

If you’ve noticed that your dog or cat’s eyes are bloodshot, it could be caused by an eye injury, allergies, glaucoma, or a more serious underlying issue according to Banfield Animal Hospital.

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If your pet’s red eyes don’t improve after a day or two, it’s time to see a vet and check that it’s nothing serious.

7. Itching More Than Usual

a close up of text on a white background: 7. Itching More Than Usual© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 7. Itching More Than Usual

Pets get itchy for many of the same reasons we do. Of course, excessive itching is always alarming, and signifies that there is something unusual going on.

According to PetMD, some reasons behind your pet’s compulsive scratching might be: allergies, anxiety, dry skin, hormonal imbalances, or parasites.

Soothe your pet’s pain and take them to the vet right away to figure out how to get them back to normal.

8. Bad Breath Or Drool

a close up of text on a black background: 8. Bad Breath Or Drool© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 8. Bad Breath Or Drool

Pets aren’t known for having good dental hygiene or having good breath. We love them anyway, but extra bad breath or drool can mean trouble.

PetMD outlines some reasons why your pet might have bad breath. They include gum disease, kidney disease, have ingested a toxic substance, diabetes or oral tumors.

9. Shaking Their Head A Lot

a close up of a logo: 9. Shaking Their Head A Lot© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 9. Shaking Their Head A Lot

Have you noticed your dog shaking their head a lot lately? If so, check their ears.

According to Medicine.net, it could be evidence of an ear problem. Check your dog's ears out to see if there is any swelling or redness.

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Their reaction to your touch should also determine whether this is the problem area.

10. Eating Grass

10. Eating Grass© Laura Caseley For LittleThings 10. Eating Grass

As carnivores, dogs don’t normally eat grass. With that said, we’ve all seen our pooches do it from time to time.

WebMD, explains that eating grass isn’t necessarily an immediate sign that something is wrong. However, your dog could be eating grass to improve digestion, treat parasites, or because they are in need of fiber.

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