The unfortunate thing about your dog being sick is that they can’t tell you what’s ailing them. You will notice a change in their behavior but it’s quick to dismiss it as a mere deep in mood or boredom. So, what did I do? I came up with a list of 10 symptoms to watch out for.
If you observe any of them, it’s time to make an appointment with your vet.
1. Unexplained weight loss – If your dog is not on any special diets or did not undergo a significant change in lifestyle then weight loss is a course for concern. Especially if it is accompanied by loss of appetite.
2. Fever – A dog’s normal temperature is anywhere between 100-102.5. If you observe anything higher than that for a prolonged period, it’s a sign that the pup is fighting off an infection.
3. Stool problems – Common things to watch out for include, bloodied or unusually dark poop. Diarrhea is also a bad sign and could even lead to dehydration.
4. Persistent coughing – This could be a sign of bronchitis, a heart problem, among others.
5. Extreme fatigue/ fainting – This could be due to kidney or pancreas complications. At worst, it could be dog cancer.
6. Bloated abdomen – This can be caused by internal bleeding or a hormonal disease.
7. Difficulties urinating – It could signal blockage or bladder stone. Also, look out for blood in the urine.
8. Short breaths – Inadequate air in the body could lead to major organ failure.
9. Red eyes – If your dog’s eyes are persistently red, it could mean an infection, eye socket disorder, or glaucoma.
10. Vomiting – If your dog vomits more than three times a day then it’s time to see the vet.
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