Your fur babies can’t talk in a language you understand so it’s up to you to polish up those detective skills and read the signs. Watch for these signs can help your doctor catch certain diseases early and make all the difference and add many years to your pet”s life.
Food for thought…
> If detected early, 75% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be prevented by dietary modifications alone over a one-year period.
>Kidney disease is one of the major causes of illness and death in dogs and cats, but symptoms do not usually appear until 2/3rds of kidney function has been lost. If caught early, the animal can live with this condition for many years.
>If a liver problem is detected at an early stage of the disease and is given proper treatment, the chance of your pet’s recovery is in your favor.
Early detection of diabetes is extremely important because an early therapy regimen can be more effective and easier to the animal. Detecting and monitoring diabetes early can also prevent damage to others organs.
What routine testing can uncover
Dogs & Cats 0-6 years of age;
Heartworms, intestinal parasites
and intestinal issues/Malnutrition, Diabetes, Kidney and Liver Disease. Infection or inflammation, Anemia or Leukemia.
Addison’s Disease (disorder of the adrenal glands that can affect a dog as young as 6 months).
Dogs & Cats 7 years and older;
Kidney disease, decreased kidney function or Urinary Bladder Disorder, intestinal parasites and intestinal disorders, Liver Disease and Pancreatic inflammation. Jaundice, Parathyroid Disorder, Adrenal Disease, muscle injury and diabetes.
Hypothyroidism in dogs and Hyperthyroidism in cats. Infection and inflammation, Anemia or Leukemia.
Note the signs
If you see one or more of the following conditions listed, it’s time for your pet to see their veterinarian.
- Bad Breathe or drooling
- Change in activity level
- Change in appetite or weight
- Change inaptitude or responsiveness
- Change in sleep patterns
- Change in urination(amount or frequency)
- Change in water consumption
- Confusion or disorientation
- Constipation, diarrhea or vomiting
- Heavy or rapid breathing at rest
- Lethargy or depression
- Lumps or bumps on or under the skin
- Noticeable decrease in vision (e.g., bumping into walls)
- Shaking head (on and off, continuously)
- Stiffness (e.g. trouble jumping, climbing stairs, difficulty getting up or down or walking)
These can be early signs of issues that if not addressed could become life threatening. Early Detection is always the best policy, just as it is for our own health. Sometimes pets show no, or only subtle symptoms of a major problem. Consultation, physical exam and testing will help discover health issues early, allowing you, as the pet parent, to treat either correct the issue or slow process allowing your pet to lead a full life.