Warning Signs of Illness in Small Animals

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Todd Prince, DVM, provides high-quality veterinary care to animals in four Illinois animal hospitals. Dr. Todd Prince has more than 25 years of veterinary experience, and is certified in exotic companion mammal practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

In their natural setting, small animals avoid showing signs of illness or injury as a survival mechanism. This can make it difficult to tell when a rabbit, guinea pig, mouse, or rat is not feeling well. Pay attention to your pocket pet, and plan a trip to the veterinarian if he or she displays any of these warning signs.

1. Keep a close eye on small animals that have a sudden change in appetite. This is especially important if weight loss occurs.

2. Changes in elimination can indicate a problem. Loose stool is of particular concern.

3. Changes in appearance signify a health problem. Be on the lookout for abnormal discharge, the appearance of blood, or a dull coat.

4. Pets that seem weak, twitchy, or inactive should see a vet as soon as possible.