Dog Health – The 4 Signs to Watch Out For
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 actions and movement
Perhaps, you are aware of how your pet dog usually acts by this time. 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. 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 people believe that it is normal for dogs to have awful breath. 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.
Dwindling or increasing appetite
Dogs are normally pretty enthusiastic about eating, so a reduced appetite is noticeable almost immediately. 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. 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 very easy to recognize since it often appears that some dogs regularly shed and their fur gets scattered quite everywhere! However, if the dog seem to be losing more hair than they are supposed to, then eventually the signs become clear. Loss of hair can signal many different issues, including fleas or parasites, a deficiency in nutrition, or a disease affecting its thyroid. But, it may also be a sign of pregnancy – there are some conditions though that will help you rule out that possibility quite easily.
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