We love our pets and would do anything for them, which is why when our pets start showing odd signs, we naturally start to worry. If you’re living in Melbourne’ south suburbs, it can be tricky to know when a visit to a Karingal vet, or any other vet, is needed. Our pets are more like us than we realise, and will often appear to with some symptoms of illness or injury difficult to see. To help you get a better understanding, here are some of the main symptoms to keep an eye out for that your pets won’t be able to hide very well.
Dogs cough for a number of reasons, mainly to clear the airways as a protective reflex. However, if you notice that your dog has a harsher cough or is coughing throughout the day, then it is recommended to get it checked out. Coughing can be a sign of Canine (or Kennel) cough, tonsillitis or something stuck in their throat such as a fragment of bone or seed. It can also be an early warning sign of more serious issues such as heart disease, lung infection, inflamed throat and heart worms. Having your pet looked at by a vet will put your mind (and theirs) at ease.
Their physical appearance can show tell-tale signs as well. A sign of limping could suggest a minor issue such as a hurt muscle, bone or joint, or it could be an early sign of arthritis, spinal problems or a fractured bone. Bumps or lumps on the skin could be issues ranging from a common insect bite, to abscesses and fluid build-up. If you do notice any unusual swelling, then the recommended course of action would be for a veterinarian to examine your pet to ensure that any serious issues are treated immediately, and for your peace of mind.
In most cases, taking our pet to a Malvern vet or a Glen Iris vet is easier said than done. Luckily there is Vets on Call, a mobile app that delivers qualified veterinarians to the front of your door with just the click of a button. Whether it’s after-hours, a consultation or just a regular check-up, our vets will take care of your pet in the comfort of your own living room, in any area we service. For more information, and to download the mobile app, visit the Vets on Call website today.