In spite of your best efforts to maintain a clean and healthy living environment for your pet, the risk of them becoming ill will always be present. Whether a mild cold or a life-threatening condition, early diagnosis is the key to quick and easy recovery. In order to ease your duty, We have provided you with a small guide, containing some of the most common signs you should always be vigilant for.
The first changes, which you will notice when your pet becomes sick or is in pain, are in its behaviour. How they will manifest depends on the type and number of pain centres, the illness, the animal’s personality, the environment and other factors. Usually you may observe some of the following patterns:
The skin and its features are important indicators of your pet’s well-being.
When they are healthy, animals should have soft flexible light pinkish-red skin. Mammals should have cold and wet noses. Both fur and feathers should be close to the body, glossy and smooth.
Possible changes here are:
*Carnivores have sweat glands only on their footpads.
Horses sweat intensively around their nose, eyes, mouth, at the base of the ears, on the neck, around their elbows, at the sides of their ribcage and in the inguinal region.
Birds, reptiles and amphibians do not sweat.
„The eyes are a window to the soul.“
The visible changes in the eyes are few in number, yet significant for the diagnosis of certain illnesses.
Some of them are:
Other changes, which you may notice, are:
When suspicion arises, do not wait!