Do you own a cat or a dog? Are you concerned about keeping your pet as healthy as possible? Pets are often getting themselves into trouble, but are unable to let you know if they are feeling hurt or sick. As a result, it's up to you to keep an eye out for potential problems and get your cat or dog to the vet as soon as possible. Here are some things that can prompt a visit to your nearest animal medical center:

Scorpions: Many people believe that cats and dogs are immune to scorpion stings. Some people may even think that cats are effective pets to have if you want to eliminate possible scorpions in your home. However, cats may simply seem to be immune because of their relatively thick skin and fur. Unfortunately, thick fur may offer little protection if your feline friend or canine companion decides to eat a scorpion. The area around your pet's face has shorter fur and thinner skin, offering less protection from stings if they try to eat or play with a scorpion. If you believe your pet to have eaten a scorpion, try to locate and bag up any remains for possible identification by the vet.

Pets who have been stung by a less toxic scorpion may recover in 24 hours on their own, but it can be difficult for the average person to tell scorpion species apart. If you are able to bring the scorpion remains in for examination, the vet at the animal medical center will be able to tell you whether or not the scorpion is from a dangerous species and if your pet needs any special treatment. Signs that your cat or dog may have been stung include labored breathing, excessive drooling, swelling, and paralysis or collapse.

Electrical cords: Young puppies and kittens often love to chew on electrical cords. This habit may even persist into adulthood. If you find a chewed electrical cord and your dog or cat is running around and playing like normal, you may assume that they are fine. Even though an animal may seem unharmed, an electrical shock can cause internal damage and burns that are not visible from the outside.

Damage to your pet's heart or lungs may not even be apparent for a day or two, at which point it may be too late to seek treatment. As soon as you notice the chewed cord, it's important to take your cat or dog to the nearest animal medical center for a complete examination. Doing this will enable the vets there to prevent further damage and distress to your furry friend.

Contact a center like Animal Medical Center for more information.