Getting and caring for a dog or cat, or puppy or kitten, is such an exciting time in your life. It’s a brand-new adventure and chapter in your life. Despite all of the upsides with getting a new dog or cat, or puppy or kitten, it comes with risks and responsibilities as well. In case you need to visit our veterinarians for a spur-of-the-moment trip, we are here to help. Below are just a few critical signs you need to take your cat or dog, puppy or kitten, to the vet.
Excessive Vomiting and Diarrhea
As unpleasant as these things are, they come with the territory of getting and caring for a new cat or dog. These things can happen randomly, but if it happens more than once, there’s very likely a bigger issue. Maybe your pet swallowed something toxic or accidentally ate something they weren’t supposed to. If they sampled from your bowl of strawberry ice cream and then had a little soft poop, then that might not be such an emergency. But if they swallowed a piece of toy and are vomiting or having diarrhea, then that’s a much bigger concern.
Loss of Appetite
It’s no secret that dogs and cats love to eat their tasty food or treats, just as we do. So, if your pet suddenly becomes uninterested in eating, this is not something to ignore. Make sure to contact our facility and get a timely appointment with our Ukrainian Village, Near West, Bucktown, Logan Square, West Loop, and Wicker Park veterinarians.
An increase in thirst can be a sign of many problems. While drinking a lot of water on a hot day is not unexpected, at any other time it might be a sign of infection, kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, adrenal or liver problems, or even cancer.
Sudden Behavior Changes
If your dog or cat, or puppy or kitten, suddenly starts behaving oddly, this is a sign that they’re in pain, or weak, or uncomfortable or struggling in some way — whatever the unknown cause! Behavior changes like acting sluggish, limping, urinating excessively, panting, breathing heavily, trembling, or acting off-balance are also signs, aside from those previously mentioned, that something is not right. You should be contacting us immediately!
Our hospital, close to Lincoln Park, Roscoe Village, Streeterville, Gold Coast, River North, Old Town, and Wicker Park, has the veterinarians to help make sure your dog is happy and healthy! If you’re noticing signs of discomfort or sudden changes in your pet’s behavior, please call Village West Veterinary to set up a timely appointment with us.
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.