Oh What A Love…
Dog.Man best friend.They brighten your life.They are true friends.They love you so purely that you wanna cry.It is such a pure bond.
In return,we need to love them back and take good care of them, so we can travel along through life together. Sometimes,they might get sick and we should know how to treat them in such conditions.Seeing a sick dog can be heartbreaking for dog lovers.
They cannot say what they are going through. But they do show signs of illness or disease that you should take note of. They can show both physical as well as behavioral changes.
Being aware of the signs of the most common diseases that your furry friend can suffer from can make all the difference. By acting promptly at the first signs of illness, you can help prevent your pet from suffering, save money and even save the precious life of your beloved friend.
Here are most common signs and symptoms that your dog is not feeling well.
Every dog vomits now and then, which can be due to too many table treats or anything that they pick up during a walk. Occasional vomiting is fine as it helps the system get rid of unwanted things. However, if your pet is vomiting a few times in a day, take it as a warning sign.
Some of the serious causes of vomiting episodes include poisoning, foreign bodies in the intestines, gastric ulcers, parasite infections,gastrointestinal problems,pancreatitis,viral infections,liver failure or maybe a kidney failure.
Vomiting several times a day, especially when accompanied by other symptoms like lethargy and lack of appetite, means that your dog needs medical attention. Blood in the vomit is another cause for concern.
Just like humans, dogs also suffer from coughs. You may have noticed your dog coughing when he has got something stuck in his throat. With some coughing and honking, the foreign body usually works its way out.
Persistent coughing can indicate kennel cough, minor bronchitis, heart disease or maybe heart-worms, lung disease, tracheal collapse, tumors or congestive heart failure.
If your dog is showing signs of labored breathing without any activity, it is not a good sign. Under normal circumstances, dogs should breathe 15 to 20 times per minute at rest.
Labored breathing can indicate a number of health conditions, ranging from cold allergies or a chest infection or other respiratory problems.
If your dog is struggling to breathe, check the color of the gums and tongue. If you notice a bluish tint rather than pink, consult your vet immediately.
If your dog suffers from diarrhea once in a while it is OK. Occasional diarrhea indicates that your pet has been munching on things that he shouldn’t eat, and it usually gets better quickly.But if he has it more often in a day, it’s a clear sign that your pet is not well.
If it contains blood, or the diarrhea is accompanied by fever or vomiting, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.
Such symptoms can indicate food poisoning, ingestion of a foreign body, gastrointestinal illnesses, parasite infections, inflammatory bowel disease, bacterial or viral infections, kidney or liver disease, cancer, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, colitis and parvo-virus.
When going to see a vet, it is recommended to take a fresh stool sample with you.
Just like us,dogs can have a change in appetite from time to time if they don’t feel well.Decrease in appetite may indicate a common cold, fever, stress or many other possible issues.
You must keep an eye on your pet’s water intake as well. Drinking too much or too little can indicate a problem that requires veterinary attention.
Contact your veterinarian if your dog no longer eats ,or seems to be eating a lot less than usual for more than 24 hours.
Too Much Scratching
For sure dogs have a habit of scratching their body, but if they suddenly start scratching their body more frequently, it can be a sign of a health problem.
Excessive scratching might be a sign of allergy or from stress and anxiety. Scratching can also indicate endocrine or hormonal problems as well as fungal, yeast or staph infections, which often cause itchy skin and hair loss.
Regardless of the cause of the scratching, it should be addressed timely or else it can lead to further infection. A visit to the vet can help in getting a proper diagnosis and treatment.
High Body Temperature
A fever is a clear sign of illness in both animals and people.Feel your dog’s nose and behind its ears to see whether they feel hotter than normal or if the nose is dry. If you suspect a fever, get a more accurate temperature by using a digital rectal thermometer designed specifically for dogs.
Along with high body temperature, your dog may show other signs of illness like lethargy, shivering, depression, vomiting, coughing and a runny nose. Your pet may even refuse to eat food and show signs of increased thirst.
Seek advice from a vet when your pet has a fever. Antibiotics or other treatments may be needed to clear up the source of the infection that’s causing it.
Drooling And Bad Breath
Excessive drooling or bad breath is another sign that your friend is not well. In fact, it may indicate some kind of oral problem.
Bad breath is caused by the bacteria that form plaque on your pet’s teeth. Your dog may even have trouble chewing.If not treated timely, the harmful bacteria can travel into the nasal passages and sinuses leading to many respiratory problems.
Besides brushing their teeth, give them treats or toys made especially for dental hygiene. If you can’t brush your dog’s teeth for any reason, get them cleaned regularly by a professional.
Showing signs of low energy and tiredness after a busy day or a long run at the park is nothing to worry about. Proper rest and sleep will help your pet recover.
But a consistent drop in your dog’s energy level is not a good sign. Prolonged lethargy combined with general weakness, is a strong sign that your pet isn’t feeling well.
Prolonged lethargy can indicate several serious medical conditions, including depression(when is home alone),heart disease, parvovirus, heart-worm disease, liver disease, diabetes and hypoglycemia. Unusually low energy levels, over two or three days, should be checked with a vet.
A change in your dog’s urination pattern is something you should take seriously. Urinating more or less frequently for a day or two may simply be related to your dog’s water intake.
However, urinary changes that continue for a few days can indicate many health problems. Changes in either the frequency or the color of the urine can be an indication of an illness.
If your dog is urinating inside the house, drinking excessive water or needs to go out more often than usual, it may be a sign of many health problems, such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, adrenal gland disease or a urinary tract infection.
If your dog is trying to urinate but is unable to do so, take him to the veterinarian quickly as it can indicate some form of blockage and can be quite serious.
Blood in the urine is another telltale sign that your dog may be suffering from a bladder infection and needs immediate medical attention.
Do not ignore symptoms like dry eyes, discharge and crusty gunk, red or white eyelid linings, cloudiness or change in eye color, tearing, tear-stained fur, unequal pupil sizes in your dog as they could indicate an eye infection or disorder.
Dry eye, conjunctivitis, cherry eye and glaucoma are some of the common causes of eye-related problems in dogs. If you notice any eye-related symptoms in your dog, consult your veterinarian for prompt diagnosis and treatment. Long-haired breeds are usually more prone to eye problems as the hair may get in the eyes and cause irritation.
Make sure to trim the hair around your dog’s eyes from time to time. Also, keep their eyes free from gunk by gently wiping with a damp cotton ball. Be careful not to touch his eyeball.
Well,my dog lover friends…take good care of your furry companions, since no one will love you as much as they will… SO HONEST AND PURE!
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