Knowing when you should contact your vet is not easy if your pet isn’t experiencing any obvious symptoms of illness, but some of the more subtle signs can indicate that it’s the right thing to do.
You might be worried that your concerns are too minor or vague and you don’t want to waste your vet’s time, but you know your pet better than anyone else. Your vet can reassure you and help your pet receive the care they need.
They’re acting out of character
You know your pet’s quirks and behaviour. Animals can’t tell you what’s wrong, but they can display different behaviour from normal when they’re uncomfortable, in pain, or feeling unwell.
The signs may be noticeable, like breathing problems or difficulty balancing. However it may simply be that they are shaking their head, or they’ve lost their appetite or aren’t as active or playful as they usually are.
Don’t be afraid to trust your intuition. If you have concerns about your pet’s welfare, check in with your vet to discuss them. Even something you’re only mildly worried about could mean your pet is suffering and requires veterinary attention.
Check-ups and vaccinations
Keeping up-to-date with your pet’s check-ups and vaccinations can also alleviate concerns about many aspects of their health. Vaccinations can protect pets from many serious diseases; and regular check-ups will help them to maintain good health and ensure that any future problems are identified and taken care of.
Whether your pet is due for a check-up, or simply acting out of character, contact us to make an appointment. It’s best not to take any chances with your pet’s health, and we will always take your concerns seriously.