The 4 Indications That Your Dog is Not Feeling Well
We love our furry pets and want them to stick around in the family for as many years possible. One way for us to be around longer is by seeking immediate medical help when we feel sick. But then it is not always as easy for our pet dogs to tell us that they are not feeling well.
If you think that your dog is not feeling too well, here’s a list of the things you have to be wary about.
Strange movement and behavior
You are probably very familiar about your dog’s usual behavior. 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. Stiff, if not slow, movement can indicate that something is wrong as well.
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). But if it’s about bad breath, owners usually do not pay too much attention to such. Many are going to argue that the breath of dogs inherently smells bad, right? Yet, if you notice that its breath is less agreeable (if not more disagreeable than normal), then maybe it is because their oral health is getting compromised.
Dwindling or increasing appetite
Dogs are mostly excited eaters, so a sudden decline in appetite should not be difficult to notice. A drop in appetite could be a symptom of pain, stress, or fever. This, along with loss, should prompt you to visit your vet at once. They will be able to immediately diagnose the symptoms, or even recommend a veterinary CT scan. On the other hand, you also should watch out for bigger appetite, particularly if your dog eats stuff they normally do not like.
Hair loss may not be that easy to make out, especially because certain dogs seem to be shedding non-stop and gets their fur pretty much anywhere! On the other hand, you will be able to identify the danger signs sooner or later if your dog loses more hair out of the ordinary. 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. But, it may also be a sign of pregnancy – there are some conditions though that will help you rule out that possibility quite easily.