Like people, dogs get sick from time to time. But unlike people, they don’t have the most sophisticated ways of letting you know they’re feeling a little under the weather.
This is why it’s imperative that owners learn the various warning signs that could mean that your dog is ill. Let’s take a look at some of the most common, and when you should call the veterinarian.
You Notice Your Dog Is Dragging Her Rear
A healthy dog’s rear end is always perky. If it’s not, it can mean trouble. A dragging rear can mean that your dog has worms, a blocked gland, kidney problems or even diabetes. (Yes, dogs can become diabetic too if they’re fed the wrong food or their pancreas packs up). If you see your dog’s rear dragging at all, get in touch with a vet, like veterinarian. It could be serious.
You See That Your Dog Has Cloudy And Red Eyes
If you notice the color of your dog’s eyes changing suddenly, it could be a sign of infection. Red eyes are a tell-tale sign that your dog has some kind of bug and needs medication. Also, make sure that you check that there is no discharge around the eye. Excessive discharge is, again, a common indicator of infection. Don’t worry, most problems with eyes are easily cured with a round of antibiotics.
Your Pooch Suddenly Looks Oh So Bony
Sudden weight loss can be a sign that a dog is in serious trouble, even if the dog still looks overweight. Losses of ten percent or more can occur when the dog’s bowels have been blocked because they swallowed something they shouldn’t have. Or when a dog has diabetes, which results in a slow wasting until they get a shot of insulin. If you notice a sudden loss of weight, bring it to your vet’s attention immediately.
You Notice Unusual Droppings
Most dog owners are familiar with their dog’s dropping. So if you notice any changes here, take note. Healthy stools are small, firm and moist. Unhealthy stools can be loose or excessively hard and dry. Sometimes, it can be a sign of dehydration, in which case make sure that your dog is well supplied with fresh water. But other times it can indicate worms, especially if there is blood in the stools.
Suddenly Your Dog Is Lethargic
You know your dog. It’ll never turn down a walk or a chance to play in the garden. But one day, your pooch doesn’t seem so interested. In fact, it’s just lying there on its bed, not wanting to do anything.