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Pet Illness

Pets can develop an illness suddenly and determining the cause of the problem can require a number of veterinary diagnostic techniques, such as a physical exam, blood tests, or imaging. Our veterinarian has the knowledge and experience to track down the cause of the illnesses, so that treatment can begin promptly. At Ferreira Animal Hospital in Miami, Dr. Ferreira provides accurate diagnosis and effective treatment in a timely fashion when your pet is ill.

Pet Illness

Common Symptoms of Illness in Pets

A sudden illness can cause a variety of symptoms in pets, such as:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose or eyes
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Head shaking or pawing at ears
  • Limping
  • Poor appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

Veterinarians Use Several Ways To Diagnose Illness

The symptoms may be minor or very severe. We will first do a careful physical examination of the animal, paying attention to such issues as temperature, heart rate, lung function, muscle tone, and alertness. This exam may prompt the vet to suspect a specific illness based on prior experience. Blood tests and imaging of the internal organs may be done to detect any abnormalities that might point to a specific problem.

Getting Pets the Treatment They Need

Today’s veterinary practices offer a broad range of medications to help pets recover from an illness:

  • Antibiotics, anti-fungals, and anti-viral agents help resolve illnesses quickly.
  • Many surgical techniques are available to provide relief from pain and improved function.
  • Healing methods, such as physical therapy and laser therapy, aid healing and help pets recover quickly.
  • Some illnesses, such as diabetes, heart problems, liver disease, and kidney disease, may require ongoing medical care to relieve symptoms and sustain good health.

In other cases, a pet illness may require the intervention of a veterinary specialist to provide the most effective care. In these cases, we can refer you to appropriate professionals who can provide the right treatment for your pet.

Make Ferreira Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Miami, FL

Dr. Ferreira and our team at Ferreira Animal Hospital have the training and experience needed to ensure our patients in Miami and the surrounding areas receive the highest quality veterinary care. We offer many services, including wellness care, vaccinations, surgery, dental care, laser therapy, boarding, and grooming. Call our team today at (786) 275-4629 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.