Question: My pet is "not himself" lately. Should I watch him, or see the vet?

Answer: The short answer is, see the vet.  Even if it is just a phone call to Sanford Veterinary Clinic, to touch base.  You know your pet best, and while a description of "not himself" can encompass a variety of situations, it is best to get a vet's opinion, as animals can be very good at hiding illness until the problem is advanced.

One thing to recognize is that each animal is an individual. While there are norms for each species, age, breed, and so on, each animal will have their own set of "normal" parameters and behaviours.  If you feel that your pet is not him or herself, but not really "sick" either, it is wise to check in with us to see if an exam is warranted.

Not HimselfYour vet can assess vital signs, body temperature, heart rate/rhythm, and will ask you questions about your pet's habits or recent behaviours that will hopefully aid in finding out why your pet is not acting as s/he normally does.  Your veterinarian may suggest some lab work (blood, urine, and stool) to further investigate what may be going on. It may be something simple, it may be an early indicator of something serious.

Early detection and prevention is always the best - both for your pet's health and ultimately for the cost of treatment.  The "wait and see" approach is OK for perhaps a day if your pet is not in pain, still eating, able to relieve themselves normally, etc., but even so, more than 24 hours of being lethargic or "depressed" warrants at least a phone call to your veterinarian to discuss your concerns.

If your pet is in pain, won't eat, can't urinate, experiencing bouts of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, please call Sanford Veterinary Clinic as soon as possible. These situations can be (or become) quite serious in a short period of time.

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