You love your pet, you like to play, go out on a walk, take selfies or videos, watch TV, Eat and do many more things with your beloved pet. But while doing all that do you ever pay attention to some odd signs that your pet might be giving you?  If yes then it’s a great job that you are doing and if no, it never too late to start paying attention to each and every odd thing that your pet does because those odd indications or actions might be a signal to an underlying illness.

Here are some of the signs or odd behaviors in your pet that you should have a watch on.

Behaving Differently/ Sometimes Misbehaving Or Getting Irritated

Unusual behavior is the foremost thing that you will discern. Change in moods, active aggressively, scared, submissiveness, anxiety, hyperactivity, any neurological attacks, refusing to play, walk or climb,  not playing with their favorite toys, lethargic behavior, chooses to avoid play and stays alone and away from fellow pets, not eating food and anything that is different from the usual behavior is a potent sign of a potent health threat.

Your pet might be suffering from intestinal worm infestations like roundworm, hookworm or tapeworm. Refusal to walk and do any physical activity can be an indicator that your pooch is suffering from arthritis or joint pain.

Generally, the behavior of your pet changes because of pain or discomfort and hence, cancer, hyperthyroidism, thyroid dysfunction in dogs skin allergies, other parasitic infestations( Flea and tick infestations and gastrointestinal worm infestations), heart disease or heartworm infestations and any internal or external injury can be the reasons behind those changes in behavior.

If you are traveling then travel anxiety can also be an issue behind the changed behavior of your pet so don’t force your pet instead make him/her accustomed and trained prior flying or going out for a long ride. You can keep Feline Anxiety relief for cats, Travel Anxiety, Anxiety TFLN, and many more products to calm down your pet in stressed situations.

Drinking Excess Water  

Drinking excess water consistently for some days can be a strong signal that your companion is suffering from –

  • Kidney failure
  • Medicines that require your pet to drink more water
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Psychogenic polydipsia( a psychological disease)
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Pyometra in unsprayed female dogs

Excessive Panting

Your pet may seem absolutely fine while he/she is panting. Pets do Pant after playing with a toy or after walking it is actually normal. What isn’t normal is excessive and unnecessary panting. Heavy panting (deep and long breaths) means –

  • Heart failure
  • Heatstroke
  • Heavy heartworm infestations
  • Poisoning
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Tumors, especially lung tumors

Change In Breath, Smelly Ears And The Way Your Cat’s Skin Smells

Healthy people and pets don’t stink. Therefore, bad body odor, bad mouth breath, smelly ears can be strong indicators of periodontal disease, kidney failure, and oral melanoma, diabetes, and ear infections.

If your pet’s skin is reeking accompanied by itching, flaking skin and skin lesions, it is pretty much a signal of some allergies, bacterial or yeast infections or seborrhea. Gastrointestinal diseases can also make your pet produce fetid gases.

Contact your vet if you come across any of the signs mentioned above. Please don’t overlook the signs or take that as a tantrum. Pets are innocent and don’t throw tantrums to irritate you they do these things because they are irritated by some health issue.

Special tip- Excessive drooling is an indication of some dental disease, heatstroke or some neurological problem. Similarly, excessive howling can also be a reaction to discomfort, injury or psychological issue.

Some of the above-mentioned signs can be avoided if preventives are used regularly. For example- Arthritis and joint pain can be avoided by using Supplements like Joint Gard, SeaFleax Joint Function and Arthrimed Joint Supplement.