Is My Pet Sick?
Check for common
signs of pet illness
Pet disease is easier to cure the
earlier it is caught. Here is a checklist that can help you make
wise decisions about your pet's health, spare your pet unnecessary
pain and spare yourself the expense and distress of untimely trips
to the clinic.
All of the signs and symptoms in Section
1 can indicate that your pet has a problem that may need veterinary
care. The answers to the questions in Section 2 will help your
veterinarian more accurately address your needs. The answers to
Section 3 will help you decide if it is truly time to phone your
Has your pet exhibited a change in the
___ Are they swollen, red or runny?
___ Is there a discharge?
___ Is it runny? Is there a discharge or
___ Do you notice debris, a discharge or
___ Is your pet scratching it's ears or
shaking its head?
___ Are the ears swollen?
___ Is your pet vomiting, retching or
___ Is your pet's breathing irregular or
___ Is your pet sneezing, panting or
___ Has your pet's stool changed in
color, consistency, or volume?
___ Is there blood in the stool?
___ Is your pet going more frequently or
straining during the process?
___ Have you noticed a significant
increase or decrease in appetite?
___ Has your pet's body weight increased
___ Has your pet's urine changed in
color or frequency?
___ Have you noticed any dribbling,
blood or straining?
___ Does your pet exhibit any odors? If
so, from what areas?
Coat and Skin
___ Have you noticed any tumors, wounds,
hair loss or color change?
___ Has your pet been biting, scratching
or licking itself>
Activity and Behavior
___ Has your pet seemed depressed,
anxious, lethargic or restless?
___ Does our pet seem weak, painful,
wobbly, stiff or aggressive?
___ Have you noticed any trembling,
convulsion or falling?
If you have checked any of the lines
above, ask yourself these questions and write down your answers for
When did I first see this sign or
How long as the sign been present?
Has each sign been continuous or
Is the sign or symptom getting worse
Is the sign or symptom getting more
or less frequent?
Now ask yourself:
If these signs were exhibited by a
human baby in my care, would I call a physician?
If I exhibited these signs, would I
phone a physician?
If the answer for either of these
questions is yes or probably, you need to phone your veterinarian.
If you are not sure, call and ask the receptionist if the animal
should be seen.
If you need to find a veterinarian near
you, click here.