2200 W Oakland Park Blvd

Oakland Park, FL 33311 USA

2200 W Oakland Park Blvd

Oakland Park, FL 33311 USA

(954) 731-4228

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Pet Illness

As a responsible pet owner, it is important to take your pet to the vet for regular checkups. You should also pay attention in between these visits to ensure that your cat or dog is doing well. If your pet is sick, you will likely notice certain symptoms indicating the need for medical care. Some symptoms are easily noticeable, while others may be more subtle. While it is not necessary to monitor your animal every minute, remaining watchful is crucial. 

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What are the Common Symptoms of a Sick Pet?

Here is a list of the most common symptoms of a sick pet from our team at Oakland Park Animal Hospital:

  • Vomiting: If your pet starts vomiting, it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately. While vomiting can sometimes be a symptom of a simple digestive problem, it can also indicate a more serious health issue such as poison ingestion or pancreas inflammation.
  • Lack of appetite: Dogs and cats may stop eating for various reasons, including pain, fever, or stress. If your pet has not eaten for more than 24 hours, it is a reason to contact an animal clinic. Lack of appetite is often accompanied by decreased activity, which can indicate a health issue.
  • Mood change: As a responsible pet owner, you are familiar with your pet's mood and should notice when it changes. When pets are sick, they often become aggressive and depressed. They may become less playful or withdraw from you completely.
  • Urinary problems: It is difficult not to notice urinary issues in your pet. Cats may stop using their litter boxes, while dogs may start urinating inside the house. Any change in your pet's urination habits can indicate a health issue.
  • Lameness and stiffness: If you notice that your pet is experiencing lameness or stiffness, it could be a sign of hip dysplasia, spine arthritis, disc disease, or ruptured ligaments.

Contact Oakland Park Animal Hospital

If you live in Oakland Park or any nearby area in Florida and are searching for a veterinarian you can trust, Oakland Park Animal Hospital is an animal clinic you can count on. Whether your pet is experiencing symptoms of illness or you need a regular checkup, reach out to our clinic at (954) 731-4228. We have been serving patients in Oakland Park and other nearby areas for over two decades.

New patients receive $25 OFF First Exam.

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  • "AWESOME, Dr. Spencer Ratnoff is the best he treated my cat for a fractured top k9 tooth, when He finished with him, he looked like he was born without a k9 tooth. He did that surgery so well it’s refreshing a Dr that actually cares, his team is wonderful and very attentive, I left a message and not even 10 minutes later, I got a call back. My family is forever grateful .thank you for everything."
    Maryem K.
  • "I initially had a bad experience due to the Doctor that was in on that day. I returned for a checkup for my girl 'Cali' 'Cat' and the energy Dr. Ratnoff had was much better with my girl as she can be very temperamental. I was very pleased during this visit as Dr. Ratnoff had more patience and better vibe as our pets sense negative energy. Its a shame my first experience was not pleasant but I will be back and only ensure Dr. Ratnoff with my girl. Thankyou Doc!"
    Jeff G.
  • "Probably the best Vet experience I’ve had! They listened and took great care of my dog. I felt like I understood everything that was being done, and was given an estimate beforehand."
    Joana A.
  • "Very professional, friendly and nice clean environment. I highly recommend coming here for all your pet needs!"
    CorJames S.
  • "Dr. Ratnoff has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years."
    John / Oakland Park, FL

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