Phillips Veterinary Clinic

W6891 Liberty Lane
Phillips, WI 54555


Serious Illness:  Ten Symptoms to Watch For

If your cat or dog displays any of the following symptoms, we recommend that you seek help from our trained veterinary staff:

  1. Persistent vomiting, black or bright red vomitus or dry heaves.  Vomiting that lasts for longer than 24 hours can be a symptom of underlying disease.  If the vomitus is red, this indicates blood.  If the vomitus is black this can indicate gastric ulcers. Dry heaves can be a symptom of bloat, which occurs very quickly and is an extremely serious condition.
  2. Sudden change of appetite or thirst. 
  3. Rapid weight loss.  There are several conditions that may cause weight loss including kidney disease, metabolic disease (thyroid), heart failure, diabetes, liver problems, and intestinal problems.
  4. Any kind of bleeding, especially in the urine or stool.
  5. Significant change in urination habits.  This could signal kidney disease, infection, bladder stones (uroliths) or inflammatory disease of the bladder..
  6. Confusion, staggering, or collapse.  Any of these symptoms may indicate heart problems, brain problems, high blood pressure, hormonal disorders, or that your pet has come into contact with a toxin.
  7. Difficulty breathing.
  8. Weakness, lameness, lack of coordination.  A few of these symptoms can indicate trauma, infection, heart failure, neurologic disease, cancer, or internal disease.
  9. Persistent whining or crying.  This indicates your dog is in pain.
  10. Persistent diarrhea.  This could indicate a severe infection, bowel injury, cancer, or an intestinal disease.

Remember:  A little extra weight is a big problem.  2 lbs extra on a 20 lb dog is 10% of his or her body weight! Snacks, overfeeding, unlimited access to food, and lack of exercise are major reasons why nearly 35% of pets are overweight.  With proper nutrition and exercise, your pet can lead a happier, healthier, longer life.  We have several reduced calorie diets that our cats and dogs love as well as low-calorie treats for a healthier pet.