The Most Common Causes of Pet Illness and Vet Visits
Most pet owners need to bring their pet to the vet for an illness at some point. Knowing the most common pet illnesses and how to spot them can allow you to get your pet the care they need as quickly as possible. Val Vista Animal Hospital in Gilbert, Arizona, is a full-service veterinary hospital capable of meeting your pet's urgent and emergency care needs.
Skin allergies are the number one reason for urgent care for dogs, and the ninth for cats. The causes of allergies in dogs and cats vary, but the symptoms are largely the same for both.
Symptoms of skin allergies include:
- Frequently licking paws and feet
- Biting skin
- Hair loss
- Swollen face and paws
- Visible rash, often on stomach or areas of hair loss
Urinary Tract Diseases
This is the most common cause of urgent care visits for cats, and ninth for dogs. Your pet may experience difficulty urinating and frequent urination. They may sound distressed when urinating because it causes pain. Other signs include excessive licking and blood in the urine. They may also urinate in the house or outside their litter box. Significant changes to your pet's urination should be evaluated by a vet. In dogs, strong smelling urine is often a sign of a urinary infection.
Cats are at risk of urethral obstruction, which has the same symptoms, except that as the blockage gets worse, your cat will be unable to urinate. This requires emergency pet care.
Ear Infections in Dogs
The shape of a dog's ear canal makes it prone to infection. It has an L shape, which leads to moisture being trapped in the ear. Moisture allows yeast or bacteria to grow causing an infection. Breeds with floppy ears and dogs with allergies are at a higher risk of developing ear infections. Dogs with an ear infection may scratch at the ear, shake their head frequently, and whine to tell you they are in pain. You may also notice discharge, redness or swelling, odor, or scabs in the ear. Dog ear infections should be treated as soon as possible to keep the condition from getting worse.
Vomiting and Upset Stomach in Cats
Vomiting is a common concern in cats, being the second most common reason for urgent care visits. Vomiting in cats is fairly common. Many cats have chronic vomiting, which means they vomit once or twice on a regular basis, like monthly or even daily. This should be evaluated by a veterinarian, but it is not an immediate cause for concern. Acute vomiting is when your cat vomits three or more times. This requires an urgent veterinary visit.
Call Val Vista Animal Hospital Today
The veterinarians at Val Vista Animal Hospital provide emergency pet care for pets in Gilbert, AZ. Our services include wellness exams and emergency care including surgery and diagnostic testing. Contact us by phone, email, or make an appointment online for the veterinary services your pet needs.