Dogs can’t tell us they aren’t feeling well with words. As pet owners, you are the best person at reading the signs your dog is sick. Although their indications aren’t verbal, they can be easy to see with a little practice and observation. Knowing the signs and taking your dog to the vet early can save money and suffering in the long run.
Look For These Signs Your Dog is Sick
- Changes in behavior – You know your pup best and will recognize if they are sleeping more than usual, hiding or spending more time alone than usual, are lethargic, aggressive, irritable or needy. Any odd shift in their normal routine can be a warning sign your dog is sick and should be taken seriously.
- Loss of appetite – Sudden loss of appetite is a warning sign that something may be wrong. If it lasts for more than a day, it is a good idea to get your dog checked out by a medical professional.
- Potty problems – This could be trouble peeing or pooping, urinating too much, diarrhea or constipation. Any extended change in your dog’s bathroom habits can be a cause for concern.
- Respiratory symptoms – If your dog is having difficulty breathing – see your vet! Other respiratory ailments like coughing, wheezing and nasal discharge can be a cold or flu and may require veterinary attention as well.
- Drinking too much water – It may be difficult to determine what “too much” water is. A dog needs a fluid ounce of water for every pound of body weight each day. Rather than get out the measuring cups, a noticeable change in your dog’s intake can be a sign of a serious problem. Be sure to see a vet.
- Excessive licking – Depending on where your dog is licking, this can be a symptom of a couple of different things from allergies to gastrointestinal troubles. Visit a vet to determine the nature of the problem.
The above signs your dog is sick are not exhaustive and do not replace veterinary care in any way. If you suspect your dog may be ill or in discomfort, it is always best to err on the side of caution. Proper medical attention can extend the life of your pet and improve the quality of their lives. We all love our furbabies.
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