The 4 Signs that Something’s Wrong with Your Dog
We want our furry friends to be with us for as long as possible.
One of the ways in which we stay around for as long as possible is by getting our illnesses seen to as soon as possible.
Of course, it’s not always that easy for our dogs to communicate their illnesses to us.
So here’s a quick list of the things you should be on the lookout for if you think your dog might not be feeling very well.
Strange behavior and movement
You probably know how your dog usually behaves by know. While some people (usually people who don’t own dogs!) seem to think that dog behavior is just that – dog behavior – you know that every dog has a specific personality.
So changes in your dog’s behavior should be fairly easy to spot – and those changes shouldn’t be dismissed.
Just as with changes in human behavior, there’s usually a catalyst to them, and they’re often an indication of something having gone wrong.
If they’re less playful, or more clumsy, or more tired, or more aggressive, then you need to consider the possibility that something’s up.
Stiff or slow movement can be a good indication of a problem, too.
A lot of dog owners will be pretty alarmed if they notice that their dog’s breath is more labored than usual (although this may be harder to identify in summer months where the heat is more intense).
But when it comes to bad breath, a lot of owners are a lot more likely to ignore this.
Many would argue that dogs already have bad breath, right?
But if your dog’s breath is less pleasant (or, shall we say, more unpleasant than usual), then this could be a sign that their oral health isn’t quite what it should be.
Decreased or increased appetite
Dogs are usually pretty enthusiastic eaters, so a drop in appetite should be fairly easy to notice.
Still, it’s worth pointing out that this might mean your dog eats their usual meals fully, but at a much slower pace.
In any case, a decreased appetite might be a sign of stress, fever, or pain. You should definitely see your vet if you notice this, especially if it’s coupled with weight loss.
They may know what’s up immediately, or they may even order a veterinary CT scan.
However, you should also be on the lookout for increased appetite, especially if this results in your dog eating things they usually avoid.
Hair loss is something that can be very difficult to spot; it often seems that certain dogs are always shedding and their fur gets pretty much everywhere!
But if your dog is losing more hair than they should be, then the signs do tend to become clear eventually.
You’ll notice a thinning when you pet them.
You may also notice that your get more hair out when you brush them.
Eventually, bald spots may manifest.
Hair loss can be a sign of a lot of things; it can be fleas or parasites, a nutritional deficiency, or a thyroid disease.
But it can also indicate pregnancy – though, obviously, there are certain scenarios where you can cross that off the list of possible symptoms pretty quickly.