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Warning Signs Your Pet Needs to See a Veterinarian

Warning Signs Your Pet Needs to See a Veterinarian

Warning Signs Your Pet Needs to See a Veterinarian

Your pet is a member of the family, and you prove it every day by sharing your love and life with it. Pets communicate their love for people in many ways, but they can't tell you when they're not feeling well. At The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt, we encourage all pet owners to pay attention to their dogs' and cats' behavior. Sudden changes in lifelong habits can be a sign that something is wrong with their health. 

Most Common Health Warning Signs

Some pets are quirkier than others, but every animal has its habits in its daily life. It's when these behaviors change that you need to be concerned. Be on the lookout for:

  • A change in eating habits. Appetites change, especially in extreme weather, but if your pet hasn't eaten in a couple of days, it's a reason for concern.
  • A coat that's rough and dry. Your pet's coat should be soft and shiny, in most cases. Rough fur, a dull look to the hairs, and bald patches are a sign that something's wrong.
  • Excess thirst. If you have to fill your pet's water bowl a lot more often, you might suspect diabetes or kidney disease.
  • Sudden weight loss. Any pet that drops weight suddenly, even overweight ones, can be suffering from a serious health condition.
  • Excess vomiting. Dogs will vomit on occasion to get rid of something that doesn't agree with them, but if it continues or contains blood, contact us right away.
  • Being lethargic, with no energy. Lack of energy can be a serious sign in a dog, especially one with a sudden lack of interest in normal activities like playing or going for a walk.
  • Red or cloudy eyes. If your pet's eyes are cloudy, or if you notice it squinting, it might indicate an eye infection or some type of injury. These can progress rapidly, so bring in your pet right away.

Looking for a Veterinarian in Summerfield?

If your pet hasn't had a wellness checkup in over a year, it's time to bring it into our office. Call us at (336) 643-2229 to schedule an appointment.


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  • "I have been taking my 16 year old lab, Oscar, to this vet since he came to me in 2004, and I wouldn't take any of my dogs anywhere else! They are so wonderful with both pets and people. I would recommend any of the doctors and staff to anyone."
    Erin H
  • "We have been going to another vet for years. We wanted to have our year old Wheaten Terrier, Rylee spayed by laparoscopy so she would have less pain and be back to her usual activity in 2-3 days instead of 10-14 days. Our vet does the traditional spay. We had a consult meet and greet with Dr. Courtney Pierce. She answered all our questions and so friendly and professional. They have a state of the art OR suite. Rylee did great. On post op day three she spotted a squirrel and did an all out chase with no ill effects! All the staff were great."
    Linda A
  • "I love Dr. Jernigan at AHLB and would never take my dog anywhere else! The staff is excellent with animals and always professional, courteous and respectful to owners. I have trusted this animal hospital for all of my dog's care, including check ups, surgeries (she's had three!) and for boarding when we have to go out of town. Every experience I have had here has been wonderful and I highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a veterinary office for their furry children!."
    Avery C