Your quick thinking can help prevent permanent damage to your dog or cat’s health.

If your pet isn’t acting like his or her normal self, they could be ill. Some symptoms are hard to detect. Others such as vomiting speak for themselves. Knowing how to proceed in taking care of a sick animal is a valuable thing to know as a pet owner.

Here are five steps to take when your cat or dog is not feeling well.

Step One: Look for signs of illness.

Is your pet acting lethargic, drooling excessively, throwing up, having bouts of diarrhea, acting as if they can’t stand up or keep their balance or refusing to eat? If they are, they could be very ill. Looking for signs of illness can help you relay the information to the veterinarian who will use it to diagnose your pet.

Step Two: Make your pet as comfortable as possible.

Reassure your cat or dog that everything will be alright. Comfort them by stroking their fur gently. If they’ve soiled themselves, give them a bath and make sure to keep them dry and warm.

Do not scold them if they have an accident indoors. You don’t want them to hide from you. When a pet is sick, you want to monitor their symptoms closely.

Step Three: Contact your veterinarian for immediate advice.

Do not hesitate to contact the vet for further instruction. If it is after hours, call the emergency vet for advice. They’ll be able to give you some remedies that you can do immediately to make your pet feel better.

If you suspect your dog has eaten cat food or your cat has eaten your dog’s food, you’ll find out rather quickly. Your pets are given specifically formulated food because of their digestive tracts. Cats cannot break down big chunks of dog food with their teeth and may vomit after eating food meant for your canine.

Step Four: Follow your vet’s instructions.

Write down what the veterinarian asked you to do. Make sure that you follow the instructions in their entirety. Sleeping near your pet overnight is advisable so you can continue to check on them to see if they’re feeling better.

Step Five: See the animal doctor if symptoms have worsened or haven’t cleared up within a few days.

Schedule an appointment with the vet if your dog or cat’s health isn’t improving. You can always make a visit to the emergency vet if your pet takes a turn for the worse after your regular vet has gone home for the evening. Having a thorough exam and bloodwork ran could help your dog and cat get the treatment that he or she needs to feel better.

The Petrics app is helpful in recording important health conditions concerning your pet. This includes genetic risks, pre-existing medical conditions, and other things that could be problematic for your dog or cat. Scheduling reminders to take your pet to the vet and give them prescribed medication helps you stay on top of preventative medical care so that your pet isn’t ill often.


  1. audrey rus on March 21, 2019 at 4:08 am

    my dog was sick last sat and sun. i gave her rice to settle her system. she seems a lot better but she farts a lot and man di they stink. because she does not mess in the house she needs to go out a lot, doesnt always go but maybe she is farting. is there anything else i can do for her.

  2. Cadie Smith on March 29, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    My dog has been puking since yesterday afternoon. An now he isnt eating. Im worried about him.

  3. Florence Welch on April 25, 2019 at 6:19 am

    It sure is helpful to know that the first thing one should do once a pet is sick is to contact a veterinarian and seek advice about the common remedy on how to care for them and what are the necessary steps to do in order to make them feel better. My senior dog hasn’t been eating lately, and I suspect that the is sick. He used to be strong and energetic but he’s been feeling under the weather lately. That is why I will try and contact my vet and ask for any advice on how to improve my dog’s mood. If all else fails, I’ll be taking my dog to the vet first thing tomorrow.

  4. Ellen Hughes on May 4, 2019 at 1:17 am

    You got me when you said that it’s possible that your dog is ill if they are suffering from diarrhea and throwing up. With that in mind, I’ll be sure to bring my dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Since last night, he has been refusing to eat and vomiting. We don’t want him to end up dying due to dehydration.

  5. Shantele White Nelson on May 7, 2019 at 5:58 am

    My dog is not feeling well he is normally fisty, jumping around, barking, eating and drinking lots of water. Today he is the opposite just laying around won’t eat and won’t drink hardly any water. Had force him to drink water. I just rubbing on him and talking to him telling he gonna be ok he looks sad to me. When I pet and rub on him his tail is wagging and attempts to want to play but he don’t he just go back to his cage and lay down

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