To many animal lovers, a beloved dog is just like a member of the family. Unfortunately, unlike other members of the family, when dogs get sick they can’t speak to explain to us how they’re feeling. Instead, it’s up to the responsible dog owner to pay attention to their dog’s health, and know how to recognize symptoms do illness.
One symptom that often indicates sickness in a dog is a change in the dog’s behavior or personality. Sometimes sick dog will seem to lose interest in their favorite activities, preferring to lie around or sleep instead. A sick dog might seem excited to go out for a walk, but then tire out more quickly than usual. Dogs may act more aggressive, shy, or irritable then normal when experiencing discomfort. Pacing and unusual restlessness can also mean that the dog is in pain. If changes in personality or behavior seem to persist for more than a day or two, or are paired with any physical symptoms, it’s probably time to call the vet.
Another common sign of a sick dog is changes in how much the dog eats or drinks. Refusing food can be a sign of many serious illnesses, and can be especially damaging to the health of young dogs. Drinking much more water and urinating much more often than usual are symptoms that may seem harmless, but actually might indicate serious problems including kidney trouble and diabetes. If you suspect that your dog is drinking water excessively, it’s important to go to the vet as soon as possible. A dog who seems to be having trouble urinating may also be very ill, and should go to the vet immediately. A swollen belly is another sign that a dog may be sick, as is the appearance of blood in vomit, stool or urine.
Along with these symptoms, anything that would indicate illness in a human is likely to also indicate illness in a dog. Vomiting or diarrhea that occurs repeatedly is generally a sign of illness. So is fainting, coughing, fever, bruising, or any discoloration of the skin. Many dog owners ignore bite wounds inflicted by other animals, because they think that their dog will recover from their injuries on their own. This is a mistake, as such wounds may be more serious than they appear, and can easily become infected.
Whenever a dog exhibits symptoms of illness, it’s important for dog owners to use their own best judgment. You are the one who knows your dog best. If you suspect that your dog might be sock, take him or her to the vet as soon as possible. Our dogs love us unconditionally, and in return we need to give them all the care that they deserve.
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