health hints

Does your new furry friend have a face only a mother could love? Remember, most shelter pets haven’t come close to seeing their best days, and they may not look their best yet, either.

While a dull coat and protruding ribs should clear up with diet, daily grooming and TLC, some problems aren’t so quick to iron themselves out. If the following symptoms pop up in your new furry friend, schedule a visit to your vet, as they could indicate a chronic condition:

*Head shaking or itchy ears
*Red, weepy or itchy eyes
*Lethargy or weakness
*Coughing or sneezing
*Hair loss
*Failure to gain weight
*Unexplained weight loss
*Vomiting or diarrhea

    If your newly adopted pet has symptoms that persist, it’s time to look for an underlying medical cause, which may or may not be related to her recent shelter stay. Try not to worry if your pet is diagnosed with a chronic medical illness — with proper care, most will live perfectly normal lives. Though a patch of hair may never grow back or a chronic cough may persist, a rescued pet will still love you with all of her heart.