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Posted on 01-11-2018

Common Types of Pet Illness

With the wide variety of pets people have in and around Overland Park, KS, there is no one set of illnesses that applies to them all. Even so, animals have enough traits in common to make it so that some problems will be more prevalent than others. Here are a few types of pet illnesses that you're likely to see in your companion at some point:

Sick cat getting looked at in Overland Park.

Vomiting

Vomiting most often comes from dietary indiscretion or eating something that they shouldn’t have eaten. While this problem usually resolves itself soon after vomiting, it's important not to dismiss vomiting out of hand – it could be caused by the ingestion of a foreign body (fabric, rocks, toys or other material), or accidental ingestion of a poison. Call a vet immediately if you have any doubts about what was eaten or if you know that nothing bad was eaten to trigger the sickness. An examination or emergency treatment may be called for.

Diarrhea

This can be caused by so many things that it's almost inevitable for animals to suffer from it at some point. Bacteria, viruses, dietary indiscretion, and physical or mental stress can all result in this condition. Usually, you need only be ready with cleaning equipment. However, if it persists for too long, your pet should be examined and treated to prevent dehydration and other effects.

Cold and Flu

Dogs and cats can develop upper respiratory infections, and dogs can get influenza. However, this doesn't mean that your cold or flu medicine is safe for your pet to have. Call a veterinarian in Overland Park to find out if, and what medications are safe to give an animal that is the species, size, breed, and age of your pet.

Parasites

You may not think of your pet as a food source, but many other species see him as exactly that. Fleas, ticks, and other skin and intestinal parasites have to be routinely tested for and controlled no matter what species of pet you own. Fortunately, long-lasting preventive medications make this easy.

For treatment and prevention of these and other common pet maladies, make an appointment with us here at Nall Hills Animal Hospital in Overland Park, KS by calling (913) 341-8836.

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