Pet Health Secrets: What Our Pets Don’t Tell Us

Recently an article published on Vetstreet by Dr. Patty Khuly, explained the top 10 pet health concerns that your pets won’t tell you. Often times you will notice when something is bothering your pet and you will jump to the internet to find out what’s going on, but some health issues in particular might be hard to distinguish due to pets unwillingness to show weakness. Dr. Patty Khuly emphasizes this point by stating,

As a veterinarian, I’m constantly interpreting subtle signs of distress and translating very specific cues into real health-care decisions.

Helping to recognize when something is amiss will relieve your pet of the problem faster and more efficiently. Here are some of the top ways pets keep secrets.

  • Pain: Due to their ancestral habits pets will keep their pain a secret. When you
    Dog walking on hot pavement

    Watch out for burnt paws!

    could be a predator’s next meal, showing signs of suffering is not a good look.

  •  Itchiness: Dogs will regularly show signs if they are itchy but cats are more subtle about it. Over grooming is a sure sign that they are itchy.
  • Fatigue: It may appear that your pet is mellowing out as they age but it could be a sign of hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, diabetes, malnutrition, anemia, osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, and fevers.
  • Loss of Vision: Sudden blindness will lead to obvious symptoms but gradual vision loss can be hard to detect and your pet will most likely adapt before you notice any signs.
  • Queasiness: Vomiting is an obvious signifier of nausea but it is not always a symptom. Subtle signs could be salivating, licking lips or swallowing frequently.
  • Over Heating: Most dogs will continue to walk, run, or play even if they are over heating so it is important to take a break if your dog is panting excessively or if they lag behind.
  • Burning Paws: It is remarkable how long dogs will walk on burning hot pavement without showing any signs of distress. Burnt paws are not fun and it is important to be aware of your surroundings.
  • Hearing Loss: Some pets are born deaf and others can develop it later in life but whatever the reason it can be hard to identify so don’t jump to the conclusion of bad behavior.
  • Back Pain: When pets are having back pain they tend to display it as stomach pain so it is important to take your pet into the vet to get a professional diagnoses.

Does your pet show unwillingness to show weakness?

Click here to read the full article.

About Amber @Trupanion

Amber is a full time student at the University of Washington and she is studying Media and Communications. She is a senior at the UW and is very excited to be getting valuable interning experience at Trupanion. Amber is the proud owner of two Yorkshire Terriers, Lola and Willy. Amber and her two dogs like to do activities outdoors such as hiking, going to the park or simply relaxing in the sun.

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