As a dog owner, understanding some of the signs that something may be wrong is a vital way to provide preventative care for your dog. After all, the signs are the only way your dog can tell you that something is wrong. Here are four signs that your dog is probably getting sick:
- Drooling and Bad Breath: Many people believe that this is simply a problem all dogs have that doesn't indicate a problem with their health. However, although it may not be a sign that there is a serious problem that needs to be handled right away, it is a sign that your dog isn't getting the right nutrients. Bringing this concern up during a vet visit is the best way to discuss diet and determine whether or not this is the case.
- No Appetite: As a dog owner, you need to be sure that you are paying attention to your dog's eating habits. A change in their eating habits, especially one where they stop eating altogether is a sure sign that there is a problem. This is especially concerning if your dog is drinking excessive amounts of water that they can't seem to keep down. Take your dog to the vet right away once these problems are seen.
- Excessive Panting: Excessive panting, especially when your dog has not been exercising is a concern. Most likely, it's anxiety, which is actually a problem lots of dogs have that should be treated. Take your dog to the vet and consider getting them on some medication to help ease their body and mind, which is important for maintaining overall health.
- No Energy: Dogs no matter what age should have enough energy to play outside at some points during the day, take even a small walk, and greet people and other dogs. If they don't have the energy to do this at all during the day, then it's a cause for concern. Take your dog in for a checkup. Hopefully, it's a simple issue of changing their diet or a small health problem that can be fixed with the right medications. Either way, bringing your dog's energy levels back up is so important for getting them the healthy amount of exercise each day that they need to lead a healthy life.
Taking note of any of these four signs of illness is a great way to be proactive in preventative care for your dog. Contact a local vet clinic for more information and assistance.