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. Among the ways to make sure that we stay around longer is by availing treatment for our illnesses as promptly as possible. 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.
Behavior or movement that’s out of the ordinary
You probably recognize how your pet normally behaves by now. So any change in behavior should not be that difficult to spot – and you should not dismiss any behavior that seems out of the ordinary. If they are clumsier or more tired, more aggressive, or less playful, then you have to consider that something is possibly up. Slow or rigid action can also give you a good indication of an issue.
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). However, many owners are likely to disregard bad breath. Many are going to argue that the breath of dogs inherently smells bad, right? But, if the breath of your dog seem less pleasant – or more unpleasant than before – then this is perhaps a sign there is something wrong with their oral health.
Decreased, if not, increased appetite
Dogs are mostly excited eaters, so a sudden decline in appetite should not be difficult to notice. A reduced appetite could be an indication of stress, pain, 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. But, an increase in appetite is also not a good sign, in particular if this causes your dog to eat things they normally avoid.
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! If your dog seem to be losing even more hair than they normally should, then you should be able to recognize that something is up pretty soon and this should no longer be ignored. 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.