Your pet’s behavior: normal or … a sign of illness?

pet's behavior

Did you know some of your pet’s behavior may be related to a hidden illness…and you may not even realize it?

Schedule your pet’s yearly exam today to discuss your pet’s behavior. Let’s check to make sure your pet is healthy!

  • Nipping
  • Scratching
  • Litter box issues
  • Leash pulling
  • Meowing at night
  • Urinating on the floor
  • Chewing shoes 

Are these behaviors just part of being a “normal” dog or cat, or not?

Actually, some common behavior issues are due to underlying medical problems. And
these illnesses are tough to recognize even for the most observant owners.  For example, your dog may urinate on your floor. It may be from excitement, but it also can be from a urinary tract infection. Your cat may stop jumping on your lap. Not because she’s being unfriendly, but because she has arthritis and jumping is too painful to her joints.

If these behaviors are left unchecked, it’s a triple issue:

  1. The behavior may worsen
  2. The underlying illness may progress (which puts your pet’s health at risk)
  3. Most importantly, your pet’s quality of life as part of your family is compromised

Here’s where we can help. Guthrie Pet Hospital has the expertise when it comes to analyzing, identifying and resolving behavior issues with your pet.

At your pet’s yearly checkup:
• If your dog is petrified of fireworks, the staff of Guthrie Pet Hospital can discuss desensitization techniques to give him relief.
• If your older cat is suddenly drinking a lot more water, Dr. Coffin’s comprehensive physical exam may reveal that your cat has an illness. We’ll run the right tests and prescribe medications if needed.
• Our Guthrie veterinary clinic can talk about your pet’s behavior. Some behavior issues are related to medical problems, but many just require new training strategies.

Either way, we can help fix those behaviors and give your pet a new leash on life!

Make an appointment for your pet’s annual exam today. We’ll check to make sure all of
your pet’s behaviors are appropriate and signs of good health. We are committed to
your pet’s well-being… all the way! Call us today!

I want to thank Partners for Healthy Pets for the content of this post.  They also have a great website to help pet owners in understanding the importance of yearly examinations.

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.

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