Unfortunately, dogs cannot just tell us when they feel bad. Instead, they have a tendency to hide their troubles from us. If you pay attention to your dog’s behavior, they can clue you in that something is not right in their world. Here are seven of the most common symptoms to watch for:
Vomiting or Diarrhea – Tummy upsets can happen for many reasons, but be aware if your pup has excessive discharge, seem lethargic, not interested in their food, losing weight, or have a swollen stomach
Limping – Dogs can limp without necessarily indicating that they are in pain. Call your vet if you suspect their limp may be something outside of the norm, especially if it persists for 24 hours or more.
Crying or Yelping – Extended crying or yelping, for instance while resting, can be a sign of a larger issue
Coughing or Sneezing – More than just an occasional sneeze. If your dog has lots of sneezing or coughing, accompanied by runny nose, gooey eyes, and other symptoms, it could be a sign of infection
Excessive Scratching or Licking – Could be related to their diet or an allergy, but if they continue to lick or scratch a spot, it could become infected. Additionally, the extra attention to their body could be an indication of an internal issue, such as an ear infection or a UTI.
Hiding – If normally your companion is constantly at your side, their hiding from you could be a warning sign of illness
Personality Changes – Similarly, if your pet seems to be acting completely different than normal, for instance snippy instead of sweet, it could be an illness or injury bothering them
If you feel any situation is an emergency, contact your vet immediately. If your dog shows any of these signs, but you are uncertain, best to call your vet. It may be nothing, but better to be safe than sorry. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the saying goes. Make sure to keep your pet up to date on their vet visits, focus on good nutrition, always walk your dog on a leash, and dog proofing your home can help your pet live a long and happy life.
All information from Dog Wellness Clues by Fromm Family Foods. Visit their site to read the full article.