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Do You Know These 10 Simple Signs That Your Pet Is In Pain? You Need To

Pets are like humans-- sometimes, they feel sick. Unfortunately, they can't just tell us what's wrong if something is bothering them. This is why it's so important for pet owners to observe their pets’ behavior.

Pets might not be able to say they're feeling sick, but they sure can show signs. For example, if your pet's food or bathroom habits change, you might consider a check-up just in case. If your pet isn't eating or drinking like he used to, if he's vomiting up food or water, or if he's got constipation or diarrhea, it could be a sign of a bigger problem.

While eating and pooping are probably the most obvious signs of a sick pet, there are other ways to tell as well. Has your pet been more lethargic than usual? Exhibited less energy during play time? Has your pet gotten uncharacteristically aggressive or shy? Does he try to hide away or does he whimper and whine? Take it as a sign that he might be in pain.

Pets will normally pant when tired or very hot, but panting should only be periodic. If your dog appears to be panting for no reason, vets warn this might be a sign of stress. Pain that your pet can't report could be the cause of this kind of stress.

When you're petting and grooming your pet, always take note. If you feel any bumps, lumps or notice any swelling, it might be a good idea to get it checked out.

Not every pet problem is a serious illness, so you shouldn't panic. However, if there is something potentially serious, the sooner you nip it in the bud, the better off your pet might be.

Source: Little Things
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