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September 21, 2017

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The 4 Warnings Signs of Illness Among Dogs

We love our furry pets and want them to stick around in the family for as many years possible. One way for us to be around longer is by seeking immediate medical help when we feel sick. Our pet dogs, however, cannot always as easily communicate their ailments to us.

The following is a quick rundown of the signs you have to watch out for if it seems like your dog is not feeling too well.

Strange actions and movement

You probably recognize how your pet normally behaves by now. So it should be quite easy for you to spot if your dog suddenly behaves differently – and such a change in behavior is not to be ignored. Your dogs might not be feeling too well if they are less playful, or clumsier, gets tired easily, or more aggressive. Slow or stiff movement is not a good sign either.

Awful breath

Many dog owners are going to be pretty worried if they observe that their dog is breathing more heavily than normal — although this will be more difficult to recognize during the summer months when the temperature is more intense. However, many owners are likely to disregard bad breath. A lot would argue they already have foul breath, don’t they? However, if you notice that your dog’s breath has become worse (or even worse than ordinary), then this may be a sign their oral well-being is not quite what it is supposed to be.

Reduced or bigger appetite

Dogs are mostly excited eaters, so a sudden decline in appetite should not be difficult to notice. A reduced appetite could be an indication of stress, pain, or fever. This, along with loss, should prompt you to visit your vet at once. They can immediately identify what’s up, or even arrange for a veterinary CT scan. Watch out for increased appetite as well, especially if your dog is now eating those food that they normally would not.

Hair loss

Hair loss may not be that easy to make out, especially because certain dogs seem to be shedding non-stop and gets their fur pretty much anywhere! On the other hand, you will be able to identify the danger signs sooner or later if your dog loses more hair out of the ordinary. Loss of hair can signal many different issues, including fleas or parasites, a deficiency in nutrition, or a disease affecting its thyroid. It can be a result of pregnancy as well; although there are certain obvious scenarios where you should be able to quickly take that off your list of likely symptoms.