If you notice your pet dog behaving differently from how it normally behaves, chances are the dog may not be well. Since the dog isn’t capable of speaking out how it feels, it is upon you, the owner to watch out for unusual behavior and illness symptoms. Should you detect any of the signs listed below, consider taking the pet dog to a veterinarian for checkup.
You can use our dog symptom checker below to learn some of the signs to watch out for:
1. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea: Although an occasional vomit may be normal, you should consider taking the dog for checkup if it is persistent. Lack of appetite and lethargy are indicators of a parasite infection or even a gastrointestinal illness.
2. A decrease in activity: If an otherwise active dog spends a few days sleeping, chances are it is weak and may need medical attention.
3. Increased urination: If the dog starts urinating abnormally, it could then be suffering from linger kidney or adrenal gland infections. This is also a sign of a diabetes infection that requires immediate medical attention.
4. Persistent cough: This is mainly a sign of pneumonia or kennel cough and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Coughing in dogs may also be as a result of a lung or heart disease. It would be best to have the dog checked as these coughs are infectious and could affect other pets in the house or neighborhood.
5. Stiffness: Dogs are naturally active and very flexible. If you however notice your dog struggling to get up or even pick something, then chances are it is suffering from arthritis, a raptured ligament or even a degenerative joint disease.
6. Blood in stool and urine: This is mostly a sign of a hookworm infection, or even worse, your dog may have swallowed a sharp object. This needs urgent medical attention as it could kill your dog if left unattended for long.
7. Hair loss and increased itchiness: Hair loss in dogs and other pets is mostly related to a parasitic infection. Ticks, fleas and mites are the biggest culprits in this. This can also be a sign of a yeast, fungal or even a staph infection, which needs urgent attention. Parasitic infection is dangerous as it can affect humans and other pets in the house as well.
8. Depression: Yes, even dogs do suffer from depression. This may be as a sign of malnutrition, lack of exercise or an infection. Even dogs need a well-balanced meal, and a lack of vitamins or proteins can really depress them. You can confirm this by taking the dog to a veterinary officer.
9. High body temperature: A high temperature in all animals is a clear indicator of a fever. Worse still, high temperatures dehydrate dogs and even cats, and the pet may die from a heatstroke. A fever can make a dog dull and highly inactive, meaning immediate medical attention will be needed to revive it.
10. Lack of appetite: This may be caused by low bowel movement, constipation or flatulence. Most dogs will start eating anything (grass and leaves) to vomit.
Should your dog show any of the above-mentioned signs, take it to a veterinarian immediately to avoid losing your lovely pet.