What are some signs of illness in my pet?

There are many signs that animals may display that could require a visit to FRAH. It is not possible to offer a complete list of symptoms, but if you have a concern about your pet’s health that is not listed below, please call the FRAH and discuss them with a staff member without delay.

Some common signs that indicate a problem could be:

  • seizures or passing out
  • stumbling, wobbliness, falling to one side
  • exercise intolerance (won’t run as long or chase the ball as much)
  • respiratory difficulties–coughing or sneezing
  • not eating or dropping food after attempting to eat
  • foul odor from mouth
  • strong odor or unusual color to urine
  • drinking more water than usual or urinating a lot
  • unexplained weight loss
  • dull or unkempt coat
  • bald spots, itching excessively
  • trouble rising in morning
  • trouble walking on slick surfaces
  • not climbing stairs, jumping or playing as usual
  • eating ravenously but not gaining weight
  • diarrheas and vomiting that won’t stop
  • new lumps and bumps
  • staying in or around the litter box more than usual
  • hot spots or red areas on skin
  • scooting rear end
  • swollen abdomen
  • any non weight bearing lameness
  • limping that lasts more than 3 days
  • rectal temperatures above 102.5*