If you pet is displaying any of these signs give a call today to schedule an appointment 863-421-2338.
SIGNS YOUR PET NEEDS TO SEE THE VETERINARIAN
- Unintended weight loss
- Change in appetite-decreased or increased
- Change in normal activity level: lethargy, hyperactivity, or restlessness
- Sudden inability to move back legs
- Crying in pain when touched
- Clumsy or disoriented behavior
- Any loss of consciousness
- Coughing, especially at night
- Panting in a cat
- Any difficulty breathing or labored breathing
- Any blue, purple, or pale hue to the tongue and gums
- Sudden collapse
- Excessive drooling
- Straining in the litter box without producing any uring
- Crying out while urinating
- Change in urination: location, frequency, amount, color, smell
- Bloated abdomen
- Sneezing excessively
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Nose-bleed or bruising anywhere on body
- Any unusual odor
- Hair loss
- Runny eyes or nose
Tips on Taking Your Cat to the Veterinarian
THE CAT CARRIER
- Always transport the cat in a carrier or other safe container.
- Train cats to view the carrier as a safe haven and “home away from home.” Keep the carrier out in the home. Put treats, favorite toys, or blankets inside to entice the cat into the carrier.
- Carriers with both top and front openings are recommended. Top-loading carriers allow for stress-free placement and removal of the cat and enable them to be examined while remaining in the bottom half of the carrier.
- Bring the cat’s favorite treats, toys, and blanket.
- If the cat has previously had negative experiences at a veterinary hospital, the veterinarian may prescribe a short-duration anti-anxiety medication that should be given approximately one hour prior to the visit.
THE CAR RIDE
- Take the cat for regular rides in the carrier, starting with very short ones, to places other than the veterinary hospital.
- Because cats may get carsick, do not feed the cat for at least an hour prior to travel.
AT THE HOSPITAL
- Reward desired behaviors, even small ones, with treats, verbal praise, and other things the cat likes (e.g., brushing, massaging, playing).
- Remain calm and speak in a soft voice to help the cat remain calm. If a situation is upsetting for the pet owner, the cat may do better if that person leaves the room.
- Always allowed a trained veterinary team member to handle the cat. Even the sweetest and most laid-back cat can become aroused and fearful in a strange environment. Anxiety may cause the cat to act out of character and bite or scratch.