3 Common Health Problems to Watch Out for in Cats & Dogs

Posted on May 21 2019 - 5:01am by Ella

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The UK is a nation of animal lovers. So when our pets become poorly, it can be incredibly upsetting and difficult to deal with. Animals can’t communicate how they feel or what’s wrong, so it can sometimes be hard just trying to work out what’s wrong. In the majority of cases, the problem is something that will rectify itself, given a little time and TLC.

However, sometimes the problem is something a little more serious, and if we fail to spot the early warning signs we may find that a health issue becomes too difficult to treat. The thought of losing a beloved family pet is something that no owner wants to think about. So, to help ensure that your pet stays healthy for as long as possible, we’ve put together this post. It’s here to help to make you aware of some of the more common health problems that cats and dogs are likely to face.

  1. Persistent Vomiting

Both cats and dogs are prone to episodic vomiting as a result of the food that they eat when they’re out of our sight. For example, cats may go off hunting and eat a mouse that might be carrying a virus or bacteria that can cause them to have an upset stomach. Equally, if you go on frequent walks with your dogs, you’re probably already well aware of the problem of discarded takeaway food.

In the majority of cases, the food will work its own way out of your pet’s system, although they may vomit and be poorly for a day or so. However, if the vomiting is persistent and lasts for more than a day, it’s best to play it safe by contacting a 365 vet, or paying a visit to your local surgery.

  1. Urinary Tract Infections

This is a problem that’s especially common in female cats, although it can affect males, particularly if they happen to be overweight. The infection itself is easy enough to treat with antibiotics. However, it can become more serious if you don’t spot it in its early stages. So, if you’ve noticed that your cat has been urinating in strange places, or scratching their private area, it’s best to get this checked out as quickly as possible.

  1. Hyperthyroidism

This is a problem that most commonly occurs in older cats, and is much rarer in dogs. But if your dog is showing symptoms, it’s essential that you get this checked out by a vet as early as possible as this can be an indication of cancer. The symptoms tend to be similar in both cats and dogs. So, if you’ve noticed that your pet has a dull coat, frequent ear infections or a change in appetite, it’s best to play it safe and get in touch with a vet as soon as possible. If you consider your pet to be an important member of your family, then you must take their health as seriously as your take your own.

Remember, it’s up to you to know what warning signs to look out for, to help ensure that your pet lives as long, and as healthy a life as possible.

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