Dog can’t tell us when something is wrong. Trust your instincts as a pet owner if you notice something is different with your dog.Please pay close attention it could be a sign of a serious medical condition.
1. Pacing and Restlessness
In dogs, pacing and restlessness can indicate pain, discomfort or distress. Restlessness can be associated with a condition called “bloat”. Bloat most commonly occurs in large breed or deep-chested dogs. Pacing and restless can be an indicator of a serious problem.
2. Not Eating or Loss of Appetite
Anorexia is a term used to describe the situation where an animal loses his appetite and does not want to eat or is unable to eat. There are many causes of a “loss of appetite” and is often the first indication of illness. Regardless of cause, loss of appetite can have a serious impact on an animal’s health if it lasts 24 hours or more. Young animals less than 6 months of age are particularly prone to the problems brought on by loss of appetite.
Blood in your dog’s feces is one symptom that should never be ignored. Melena, or bloody stool, indicates that there’s digested blood in the feces, giving it a black and tar-like consistency. Melena is different from hematochezia, which is the presence of fresh blood in the stool. Melena can be a symptom of a serious and life-threatening illness and must be addressed immediately.
Red eyes in dogs are a symptom of inflammation or infection. This can occur in diseases involving the conjunctiva, cornea, the external eyelids and the third eyelid. It can also indicate that your dog has glaucoma or has a problem with his or her eye socket. One or both eyes might become red and your veterinarian would need to do a complete ophthalmic examination to determine the cause of the redness.
A fever, in both humans and dogs, is a sign that the body is fighting an infection. Aside from an infection, fever in dogs can be caused by cancer, inflammation, immune system disease or by medicine the dog is taking. There are also instances when the cause of the fever can’t be determined. Dogs with a body temperature of over 103F are considered to be suffering from fever. They can be lethargic, cranky, have swellings or lumps or could lose their appetites. Mild fevers in dogs are usually not treated as they aid in destroying bacteria and viruses. But a full-blown fever requires antibiotics and other tests to determine any underlying cause.
6.Lethargy or Weakness
Dog owners can tell when there’s something different in their dog’s energy level or attention span. Dogs that are lethargic, unnecessarily drowsy or have delayed responses to stimuli might be suffering from a severe illness, like anemia, cardiovascular disorder, infection, gastrointestinal disease or urinary tract disorders. They might also have been exposed to toxins or have suffered physical trauma. Lethargy or tiredness in your pet is a symptom that should never be ignored and should be addressed, especially if it persists for more than a day.
Dog owners should also check if their fur babies are urinating normally. Excessive or painful urination can be signs of a tumor while not being able to urinate can be a symptom of a urinary tract disease. Some dogs might even exhibit hematuria (bloody urine) which can be caused by cancer, stones, bacterial infection, estrus, trauma or parasites. This condition should be checked immediately as prolonged or severe bleeding can lead to anemia.
Coughing is a common protective reflex that clears secretions or foreign matter from the throat, voice box, and/or airways, and protects the lungs against aspiration. It affects the respiratory system by hindering the ability to breathe properly. Common causes include obstruction in the windpipe, bronchitis, pneumonia, heartworm disease, lung tumours, kennel cough and heart failure. Some of the causes are life threatening and all pets with a cough should be evaluated by a veterinarian.
It can sometimes be difficult to tell if a dog is experiencing any discomfort or suffering from an illness so as pet owners,the best course of action is to consult your pet’s veterinarian immediately.
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