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PetPALS Recognize

Recognize When Animals Should Not Visit

4-H members must know their pets well enough to notice any changes in the animal’s overall health, behavior and physical appearance. DO NOT take your pet on a visit if he or she has any of the following:

  • Change in appetite.
  • Change in drinking.
  • Abnormal body temperature.
  • Unusual body odor.
  • Unusual odor from the ears or visible signs of an ear infection, such as a rabbit with ear canker.
  • Abnormal discharge from the eyes.
  • Persistent bad breath or an unusual mouth odor.
  • Skin rash, skin irritation, or hair loss.
  • Excessive dander. 
  • Molting.
  • Open wounds, or sores (such as a hot spot), sutures.
  • Abnormal types of stools or color of urine.
  • Frequent or abnormal urination or defecation. 
  • Persistent coughing or sneezing.
  • Sick or injured or is recovering from an illness or injury.
  • Not acting “normal” for the pet, such as appearing stressed, acting depressed or lethargic, or behaving strangely. 
  • Been to the veterinarian that day for vaccinations or other procedures, or still not feeling well from the course of action taken.
  • Is on medication which may change his behavior when visiting.
  • Is in heat, pregnant, or lactating.