There are quite a few different illnesses that dogs can develop. Being aware of the changes in their behaviors will help you to determine if you need to take action. With some medical concerns you can take care of it on your own. In a few days your dog will be back to normal with no problems at all. However, there are times when you need the help of your vet to get your dog back on the road to good health.
Changes in appetite should be a concern. If your dog is eating less there could be a problem with digestion. It can also be a problem with their teeth or gums because if they experience pain in those areas chewing food can prove to be difficult for them. Most people don’t realize that eating more can be a sign of a serious health problem too. It can indicate that the body isn’t using the nutrients taken in like it should.
Excessive thirst is a sign of kidney disease or other types of illness. You definitely want to talk to your vet if your dog is eating or drinking much more than usual. Problems with urinating or bowel movements can be due to a blockage or inflammation in the body. Pay attention to the look of your dog. Does he or she look like they have rapidly lost weight?
If the body looks swollen around the stomach area it can be a sign of a serious health problem. Use your hands to feel for what could be tumors on the body. Loss of hair in areas of the body is something you should pay attention to as well. Cuts and sores that don’t heal up or that appear to be infected need to be investigated further.
Dogs from time to time may have a stomach problem such as the flu that lasts for 24 hours or so. They may have diarrhea and vomiting during this period of time. Generally this isn’t anything to be too concerned about. Give your dog lots of fluids to help reduce the chances of dehydration occurring. If the symptoms don’t go away in a day then you do want to contact your vet.
You should take your dogs temperature on a regular basis so that you have a good idea of what it normally is. A fever can be a clear indicator of an illness so you need to have a number to compare it to. If a fever continues for more than 24 hours you definitely want to be in contact with your vet.
Every dog will have different reactions to illness and so that is why you need to pay such close attention to their normal behaviors. By doing so you will have a clear indicator of when they don’t feel well. When you discuss their symptoms of illness with the vet, make you share as much detail as you can.
For example instead of just saying your dog isn’t eating as much say that he hasn’t eaten more than half of his daily serving for the last three days. This will give a better idea of what the situation may be. Due to so many illnesses having overlapping symptoms, your vet will need to conduct some testing to find out what is going on.