When you have a dog, it is important to be a responsible pet parent and provide the appropriate food, shelter and health care. Part of that responsibility is to be knowledgeable about your dogs’ specific signs, symptoms and behaviors. After all, your beloved pooch cannot tell you when he is feeling poorly. Be aware of some of these symptoms which may be an indication of a problem or illness your dog is experiencing, and you could very well be saving the life of your best friend.
A common problem for many dogs, especially the larger breeds, is bloat or twisted stomach, at which time your dog may be restless and pacing. Another sign of bloat is when your dog keeps heaving and attempts to vomit, but can’t. Be sure to call your veterinarian immediately. Bloat is a very serious condition.
Some of the more common signs that your dog is not well are loss of appetite, a sudden weight loss and your dog collapses and/or faints. With any of these symptoms, be aware of other signs to report to your doctor in order to pinpoint the problem your dog may be experiencing.
If your dog has breathing problems, he may not be getting enough oxygen into his tissues. Respiratory distress or Dyspnea is often associated with an accumulation of fluid in the lungs and chest cavity with shortness of breath and coughing. Immediate vet attention is needed.
If your dog has difficulty urinating or is drinking and urinating excessively, these are definite signs of kidney, bladder, liver, diabetes or thyroid problems. This can be a serious situation if left unattended.
Most often, you do know your pet and his/her behaviors well enough to recognize if your dog is feeling any type of discomfort, which includes but is not limited to coughing, fever, a swollen tummy, any sores, bruises, wounds, lethargy, bloody urine or stools, seizures and pale gums.
You never want to disregard any symptoms that may show your dog is in distress. She/he does not have a voice and relies on you for help. Caring for your dog is all a matter of love, awareness, and knowledge of all your dogs’ behaviors to distinguish between a healthy, happy puppy, or when your beloved pet is feeling under the weather.