healthy-petsMost households have either a cat or dog if not both.  They are by far the most favoured household pets to own and for the most part, people don’t just have one.  They become integral parts of the family that are treated to things such as birthday parties, Christmas presents and other luxuries.  It’s no wonder that with cats and dogs being such a huge part of people’s lives, that their focus would be on how to keep their cherished pets safe and healthy.

There are many things that a pet owner can do to ensure that their cats and dogs are healthy.  Being able to spot warning signs, even subtle ones, are an important part of being a home owner.  A good example of this is the purring of a cat.

Cats purr for a number of reasons although the definite cause of purring is not entirely known.  Based on what veterinarians do know about cats, the purring seems to be a form of communication as well as a method of self soothing and even self healing.  One of the ways you may notice something is not quite right with your cat is if you notice that they are NOT purring.  This doesn’t always indicate an immediate problem, but it is something to keep an eye on and see if other symptoms come along with the absence of it.

Other potential signs your cat may be sick is a change in behavior or eating patterns, lethargy, and sometimes just an appearance that something isn’t quite right. If there is any question that your cat isn’t feeling well, a call to the vet to verify whether there is cause for concern can alleviate any additional worry.

Dogs also can show signs of illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, not eating or drinking, or drinking too much, panting or rapid breathing, lethargy, and the obvious signs such as limping or yelping in pain.  Some of these signs can occur if the animal has consumed something they shouldn’t of such as chocolate, which is one of the most dangerous foods a dog can eat.  If your dog DOES get a hold of chocolate, a trip to the vet is usually in order but at the very least, call them.

Because people’s pets are such a huge part of their everyday lives, noticing that they are showing signs of illness isn’t too hard to do.  Make a point of doing a quick once over each evening before going to bed, just to make sure there’s nothing unusual going on with the furred member of your family.  Remember the old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

By being observant and alert, there may be many illnesses that you catch so quickly, they can be taken care of right away before any lasting or serious injury is caused.  In addition, be sure to keep an eye on and around your home for potential hazards to your pets, including automobile fluids, other animals and even passing cars.  Your pets are important and ensuring that they remain safe is one of the many ways you can show them that you appreciate their contribution to your life.