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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.

Increased Thirst

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.

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