Is Your Dog Sick? Bring Him to the Vet

Vet Examining A DogIdentifying the different signs of sickness in a pet such as dog can be a bit challenging, even for pet owners who are highly vigilant. Since as a dog, especially when he is sick would never be able to communicate verbally what hurts pet owners need to pay close attention to pinpoint the signs of sickness. The subtle changes in their appetite or behavior might be symptomatic of underlying health problems. While they may not be able to say when they are sick, their physical symptoms and behavior changes when they try to communicate.

Another challenging thing is determining the time when to go to the doctor. Some of the most common symptoms of an illness are diarrhea or vomiting. However, dogs may still vomit occasionally even without feeling ill. Drinking water too fast or eating quickly may cause them to vomit, though they may just feel better afterwards. So how could a vigilant pet owner determine when his dog actually needs some veterinary care? Bloody vomiting, profuse vomiting, lethargy or anorexia concurring with vomiting needs an immediate medical intervention. Diarrhea or vomiting for over 24 hours is one sign that the pet needs veterinary care. And having diarrhea or vomiting for an extended period might be a symptom of many things such as pancreatitis, ingestion of foreign material, infections, poisoning, and other serious causes that need an urgent veterinary care.

In addition, dog owners need to be aware of the possible signs of lethargy. When a dog was used to be normally active, then all of a sudden he losses interest in player or no longer runs like he used to, this could also be a sign of illness. Running for a long time in the park may cause the dog to be exhausted, but when the pet owner fails to identify the cause, then visiting the vet would be the best idea. Lethargy can be a symptom of the different kinds of disorders such as heart disease, which of course seriously needs a veterinary care. Moreover, pet owners need to find a change in exercise tolerance and other unexplained weakness in their pets. A loss in their consciousness, difficulty of breathing, seizures, or bleeding would need an emergency care from the veterinarian.

Pet owners should always be on the look out for the following symptoms: lameness, frequent urination, poor appetite, weakness, nasal discharge, excessive scratching or licking, unusual bump, constipation, and excessive thirst. When these symptoms are observed for more than two days, contacting a veterinarian is needed. In general, it is always better to be proactive about veterinary care than to wait for things to get worse. A prompt care from a vigilant pet owner would make a lot of difference in the health of their pets. After all, taking care of the pets is not measured by giving them food to eat and shelter to make them comfortable. These pets are a great factor in our life; in fact they make our life better. Thus, taking care of them when they need it the most is only enough for us to make them feel how much we value them.

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