5 Signs of illness you shouldn’t wait to bring your pet to the vet with

Sometimes it can be easy to know when to bring your pet to the vet, but determining this can also be a struggle. Especially as pets tend to hide signs of illness and can still act relatively normal despite a serious medical condition. Here are some common presenting signs that should not be ignored and warrant a thorough examination.


  1. Dark black stool with or without fresh blood
    1. Dark black stool is an indicator of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract such as the stomach and small intestines. This can be a sign damage done to the GI tract from foreign bodies, ulcers, bacterial disease or exposure to caustic chemicals. This can also be the first sign of rat poison ingestion or other bleeding disorders requiring immediate action.
  2. Persistent Cough
    1. Coughing in pets is not as common a sign compared to humans. Due to this a persistent cough usually is associated with an underlying disease process. This can be from lung disease like pneumonia, asthma, parasites or problems with the airway itself. Coughing can also be the first sign of heart disease and early diagnosis is very important.
  3. Weight Loss without known cause
    1. Unexpected weight loss can be a clinical sign of a number of disorders usually major organ dysfunction, severe infections or cancers. Even if your pet seems normal weight loss can sometimes be the only detectable sign of a serious disease.
  4. Drinking or urinating excessively
    1. These signs often make us think about endocrine disease such as diabetes, Cushing’s disease or hyperthyroidism. Endocrine disease tend to simmer with noticeable signs but your pet will still feel good initially. However, if left undiagnosed these diseases can lead to life-threatening body crises.
  5. Excessive Drooling &/or bad odor to breath
    1. This can be the hallmark of severe dental disease such as infections or fistulas connecting the mouth and nasal passages. This can also be the first signs of cancer within the mouth, tongue or tonsils warranting a thorough oral examination.

While this list is not all inclusive these are some of the more common concerns. When in doubt call your local veterinarian as they and their staff will be very knowledgeable and can let you know if your pet should be seen immediately.

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