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Pet Illnesses

Read below to learn how to best support your pet when they are under the weather

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Call the doctor if you see these signs:

  • Unusual behavior, including aggression or lethargy

  • Unusual discharge from the nose, eyes or other body openings

  • An increase or decrease in appetite that lasts more than a few days

  • Excessive head shaking, scratching or licking

  • Swelling or abnormal lumps

  • Limping or difficulty getting up or lying down

  • Foul breath or excessive deposits on teeth

  • Changes in urination or drinking habits

  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea

  • Obvious injury or illness


  • Obesity

    • For information about obesity, visit here​.

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Dangerous Ingredients

Some commonly encountered toxins are:​

  • Xylitol (an ingredient found in many peanut butters, chewing gums, and breath mints

  • Aspirin and Acetaminophen are extremely toxic to cats

  • Lilies

  • Rat and mouse poison

  • Antifreeze

  • Grapes or raisins are toxic to some dogs

Healthy Signals

For your dog:

Body temperature of 100.5 to 102.5 F.

Heart rate of 70 to 120 bpm.

For your cat:

Body temperature of 100 to 102.5 F.

Heart rate of 140 to 220 bpm.

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Common Emergencies

For your dog:






Broken Bones

Cardiac arrhythmics

Poisioning (anti-freeze, rat, mouse)

Intestinal blockage

Allergic reactions

Porcupine quills

Hit by a car (shock)

For your cat:

Urinary blockage (males)

Cat fights (abscesses)

Poisoning (plants, medicines, household products)

Intestinal obstruction


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