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3 Signs Your Pet Needs to Visit a Vet

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An animal emergency isn't always easy to spot. It is very easy for a pet owner to think that signs of illness or distress are just their pet acting up or trying to get attention. However, it is important that you are able to spot the signs that your pet needs to see a vet so that they can receive the care they require promptly. Below is a guide to four signs you may need to take your pet to see a veterinarian.

Your pet is restless

While a pet may become agitated when they want to go out into the garden or if they are experiencing boredom, it is also possible that an inability to stay still for an extended period could be a result of pain. If your pet is suffering from discomfort created by sore joints, an upset stomach or a headache, they may continually move around. If you notice that your pet suddenly becomes restless and that the issue is not resolved by letting them play outside, it is time to have them checked out by a vet.

Your pet becomes withdrawn

You should also be alert to signs that your pet is becoming withdrawn. You may notice that your pet begins to avoid being around people or other animals and avoids everyday activities such as going outside or playing with their toys. Your pet may spend a lot of time in their sleeping area even though they are not asleep. Pets can become withdrawn if they are weak due to illness or because of the impact age is having on their body. If this withdrawal cannot be explained by other factors such as high temperatures in summer, you should book an appointment with the local vet.

Your pet's toilet habits change

Your pet's toilet habits are one of the best indicators of their general health. If you notice that your pet is urinating more frequently, this could suggest that they have diabetes or have developed a urinary tract infection. If your pet stops having regular bowel movements, this could indicate constipation or a poor diet while loose bowel movements could be caused by food poisoning or a stomach bug. If you notice any change in your pet's toilet habits, you should get them to a vet right away.

If you have any concerns about your pet's health and well-being, book an appointment with a vet today.