Pet Behavior: Signs of Illness

By:Jamie Jordan – 

Animals don’t give off many signals that they are injured or ill. Even when they do, they can be subtle or misinterpreted as bad behavior.

For instance, if an animal is hurting it might be more guarded toward that painful area and may become aggressive if anyone were to try to touch it. However, not all signals are quite as noticeable as your pets temperament changing.

Lethargy, for example can be hard to spot if your pet is already not very active but can be a sign that your pet isn’t feeling very good.

Changes in appetite, vomiting, urination, or bowel movements are all signs of illness. As are swelling, growths, and discharge and can be hard to spot but should be brought to your veterinarian’s attention as soon as possible. Other clues that your pet has a health problem include: itching, hair loss, licking, and head shaking.

If you are concerned about your pet’s health you should seek veterinary attention but there are a few things you can check from home.

Felines temperature should normally be between 100.5°-102.2°, heart rate 120-140 beats per minute, and resting respiratory rate should be 16-40 breaths per minute.

Canines temperature should be between 100°-102.2°, heart rate 70-120 beats per minute, and their resting respiratory rate should be 18-34 breaths per minute.

Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital
25547 Main Street
Ardmore,TN 38449
Phone: (931) 427-8383