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Why Your Pets Seek You Out When Something's Wrong


We all know pets do not tell us when something is wrong with them. They do however come to us when they are in pain, we just don't realize it. Actions speak louder than words, and with pets, we have to understand that pets communicate with us in different ways. Looking past the obvious signs of pain and taking closer observations of your pet can help them or even save their lives in the long run.

Since pets do often come around when they are hurting and in pain and we don't realize it, we have to take a closer look at their behavior. Something as simple as your cat or dog rubbing or licking a specific area can tell you something is wrong. Narda Robinson, DVM from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine says "Just look for areas where the fur is roughed up from rubbing or licking. When you see the spots, feel them. You typically find that they are warmer from inflammation than surrounding tissues.” If you notice this with your pets, simply massage those spots with a gentle, steady touch.

Your pet is part of your family and you want to do everything to keep them safe and pain free. Our pets come to us when they are hurting or in pain because they trust us to help, even if they can't speak up to tell us what is wrong. Keep this in mind when you see your pet behaving differently or licking or rubbing certain areas because this could potentially save their life.

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Parvo (Parvovirus)

Parvovirus is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease that can become a life-threatening illness. The Parvovirus attacks rapidly dividing cells throughout the body and affects the intestinal tract. This virus also attacks the white blood cells and when animals are young, this can affect and damage the heart muscles and cause lifelong heart problems. The Parvovirus is most commonly spread through feces and can live in the environment for months or even over a year in the right conditions. This virus affects both young dogs and unvaccinated dogs, both of which are fatal and since Parvo is a viral disease, there is no cure. The most common symptoms of the Parvovirus may include vomiting, diarrhea (may be bloody), lethargy, pain, dehydration, sepsis and death.

Parvovirus is a preventable illness and all dog owners need to understand the fatality of this virus if their pet is not vaccinated. Vaccines are available at every vet clinic and the Parvo vaccine is part of routine vaccinations for all puppies and dogs.

When introducing a new puppy/dog to a new environment, precautions should be taken, whether the area has contained an infected dog or not. No environment is free from the Parvovirus unless it is regularly disinfected. There are ways to disinfect areas indoors and outdoors. There are great tips for disinfection located here:

As a pet owner, we all want our pets to be healthy and free of disease/viruses. Please keep your pets up to date on all vaccinations and make sure to make those yearly appointments. As we all know, pets can't talk to let us know if they don't feel good or if they are in pain. One trip to the vet clinic could save your pet.

Health Issues You Might Not Realize Your Pet Has

Dog and Cat

Every pet owner receives that post card in the mail reminding them to bring in their pet for a routine checkup or vaccinations. Even though your pet may be up to date on his or her vaccinations and seem to be in perfect health, those routine checkups are very important. Pets, just as well as humans, can develop a number of health problems that you may not even know were there without testing. Here are a few health issues that can trick any pet owner or go unnoticed until the condition is well advanced.

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Pain

Hyperthyroidism is an excess of thyroid hormones in the blood. Common signs include weight loss, increased appetite and more. Hyperthyroidism can be diagnosed with a physical exam and blood test, and is treatable and manageable in most cases. This disease can be managed with a daily pill or special diet, or cured with radioactive treatment or surgical removal of the thyroid glands.

Kidney disease is a common find in cats and dogs, especially in those growing older in age. Signs to look out for are excessive drinking of water and an increase in urination, so much that your cat or dog can't get to the litter box or outside to urinate in time. Although this cannot be cured, it can be managed to months or even years with diet and medications.

Heart disease isn't the leading cause of death in dogs or cats, however about 10% of dogs do develop it. This is a disease that cannot be cured, but it can sometimes be managed for months or years with medication, especially when caught early. Some signs of heart disease can include a heart murmur, gray or blueish gums and more.

Although pain may not be a disease, it does accompany many different diseases at all stages. Sometimes our pets are good at hiding the fact that they are in pain due to the fact that in the wild this shows a sign of weakness, so this makes it more difficult for pet owners to realize there is a problem. If your pet is eating less, sleeping more or just not acting like themselves, remember pets can't speak up to tell you what is wrong and there may be a problem associated with that. Both you and your pet will benefit if you catch a problem before it's too late or finding out they are perfectly healthy.

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Appleton, WI 54913