How to know if your dog is unwell

Dogs are not always easy to read, but there are some signs you can look for if your pet is suffering from an ailment, or if they may have something infectious. 

Have you ever worried that your dog might have an illness, but didn’t know how to tell if he or she was sick?

┬áIt can be hard to unravel the subtle signs of a dog’s health. But don’t worry — we’ve got some tips on how you can tell from their behavior!

When your pup is acting sluggish, unwilling to exercise, ignoring you for a certain time period, or has bloating and cramping in some body parts for a few days without any change in routine it may be a sign that something is going on.

 In fact, many owners report their dog’s bloated stomach is the first indication that they are suffering from a food allergy.

Another thing you can pay attention to is your dog’s drinking habits.

 If you notice that your pet’s water intake has dramatically decreased, then it may be that he or she has an issue with their kidneys or bladder. 

Pay attention to the color of the urine too. If you notice it looking darker than normal, then your pet may have something else going on besides just their drinking habits.

Whether you’ve noticed some unusual drinking habits in your puppy or not, there are other things you can pick up on if something is wrong. 

Have you ever come home to find out your dog is unwell? If so, it may be best to get them checked out by the vet.

 But how do you know if your dog is unwell? Here’s 10 signs that might indicate that their health needs some help.

If your dog is unwell, you will either notice them getting worse or perhaps even improving. These things can be subtle and can go unnoticed for a few days to one week. But they are most definitely there.

Here’s this will give you 10 signs that might indicate your pet needs help:

1) Their eyes look really red or watery.

The eyes may turn black and appear to have a film over them, which is a sign of going blind. 

If they’re left like this for a week or so, you will need to take them to see your vet.

This could be because they are stressed out too much, can’t see well at all, or maybe because they have an infection in their eyes.

2) They don’t eat or they are not drinking water at all.

Your dog may be suffering from a lack of appetite if this goes on for a few days. A loss of appetite can be due to an illness, toothache, tummy ache, etc.

The colour of their urine may also be darker than usual indicating that it’s time to see the vet sooner rather than later.

If your dog is not eating for a while and gets thinner and paler, it’s because of severe stress due to neglect or other reasons.

3) They start experiencing pain when moving or while at rest.

 This could indicate skeletal problems with the dog. 

The pain should show itself in areas where bones meet, such as the hips and rear-end area.

4) Their gums look red or pale and their breath is really bad.

 If they’re left alone, the gums and teeth can become infected and might cause them pain and difficulty eating and drinking.

 If you are away for a few days, you might not notice their condition worsening. Once you get back, though, you should take them to the vet immediately.

5) They have lost a lot of weight. 

This can be due to being stressed out or just being overworked. 

If you think your dog is under-nourished, you should feed them more food and make sure their environment is good.

6) Their hair falls out heavily .

They could be suffering from fleas too, which can make them itch to the point where they are scratching themselves raw.

7) They are constantly panting or wheezing.

 If they are doing this, you need to take them to the vet.

8) Their coats get really messy or greasy looking. 

If your dog is constantly coated with grease and looks like an oil slick, you should take them to the vet ASAP.

9) They have sunken ears and their tail sticks out straight.

 Dogs with these features can be prone to ear infections or cellulitis, so if they show signs of this, you’ll need to get them checked by the vet.

10) They develop red welts on their skin

Which quickly go away when scratched off. These are known as hot spots (zoonosis). 

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