The 4 Warnings Signs of Illness Among Dogs
We love our furry pets and want them to stick around in the family for as many years possible. Among the ways to make sure that we stay around longer is by availing treatment for our illnesses as promptly as possible. But then it is not always as easy for our pet dogs to tell us that they are not feeling well.
The following is a quick rundown of the signs you have to watch out for if it seems like your dog is not feeling too well.
Strange actions and movement
You probably recognize how your pet normally behaves by now. So any change in the behavior of your dog should be relatively easy to identify – and such changes are not supposed to be disregarded. If they suddenly feel tired, less playful, more aggressive, or clumsier, then you will have to consider that something might be wrong. Slow or rigid action can also give you a good indication of an issue.
Many people with pet dogs tend to get somewhat alarmed once they observe their dogs breathing more heavily than ordinary (except maybe under the intense heat in the summertime). However, many owners are likely to disregard bad breath. Many are going to argue that the breath of dogs inherently smells bad, right? However, if you notice that your dog’s breath has become worse (or even worse than ordinary), then this may be a sign their oral well-being is not quite what it is supposed to be.
Decreased, if not, increased appetite
Dogs are generally quite enthusiastic eaters, making a reduced appetite easily recognizable. A decline in appetite is possibly due to fever, pain, or stress. You definitely should visit your vet, once you observe this, particularly if it comes with loss. They can immediately identify what’s up, or even arrange for a veterinary CT scan. Watch out for increased appetite as well, especially if your dog is now eating those food that they normally would not.
Hair loss may not be that very easy to recognize since it often appears that some dogs regularly shed and their fur gets scattered quite everywhere! If your dog seem to be losing even more hair than they normally should, then you should be able to recognize that something is up pretty soon and this should no longer be ignored. Hair loss could be due to several reasons: it could be flea or parasite infestation, an insufficient diet, if not a thyroid disorder, which require consultation with your vet. However, your dog could also be pregnant (though, apparently, there are several scenarios that will enable you to cross that symptom of the list of possibilities soon enough).