Is My Pet Sick? How to Identify and What to Do

It can be hard to tell if your furry friend is unwell, as many pets may not show any symptoms or only have mild illness. However, there are some signs that you can look out for that may suggest an infection. Common signs of sickness in pets include fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, sluggishness, sneezing, runny nose or eyes, vomiting, or diarrhea. Additionally, ear infections can be indicated by an increase in waxy or pus-like discharge with an unpleasant smell, redness or swelling of the inner ear flap and ear canal, and your pet may yelp when the area is touched. Skin infections can also be tricky to diagnose.

Signs of a skin infection in pets include dry, crusty skin, redness, a sour odor, pustules, hair loss, and itching. If you think your pet has a skin infection, it is essential to take them to the vet for a diagnosis. Other signs to look out for include scales, crusts, a bad smell, excess wax or discharge which could point to an ear infection. If you see a black gritty substance inside your pet's ear, they likely have ear mites. If you detect a potential health issue with your pet it is important not to rely on the internet for advice.

Many ailments have similar symptoms but require different treatments and many medications for humans are toxic to pets. It is also important to have a pet first aid kit on hand which should include a book on first aid for pets, gauze, non-stick tape, pet shampoo, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, cosmetic powder (for small wounds), and activated charcoal (for exposure to toxic substances).

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