The Art of Mastering Dogs

The 4 Indications That Your Dog is Not Feeling Well

We want to be able to pet our furry pals for as long as possible. Among the ways to make sure that we stay around longer is by availing treatment for our illnesses as promptly as possible. But then it is not always as easy for our pet dogs to tell us that they are not feeling well.

If you think that your dog is not feeling too well, here’s a list of the things you have to be wary about.

Behavior or movement that’s out of the ordinary

You are probably very familiar about your dog’s usual behavior. So any change in the behavior of your dog should be relatively easy to identify – and such changes are not supposed to be disregarded. If they suddenly feel tired, less playful, more aggressive, or clumsier, then you will have to consider that something might be wrong. Slow or rigid action can also give you a good indication of an issue.

Bad breath

Dog owners usually notice when their dog’s breath is a lot labored than usual and will be somewhat alarmed (although in the summer months this may not be as easy to identify because of the more intense heat). When it comes to bad breath,however, most owners are more inclined to take no notice of this. Many are going to argue that the breath of dogs inherently smells bad, right? 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. You definitely should visit your vet, once you observe this, particularly if it comes with loss. They can immediately identify what’s up, or even arrange for a veterinary CT scan. On the other hand, you also should watch out for bigger appetite, particularly if your dog eats stuff they normally do not like.

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. However, your dog could also be pregnant (though, apparently, there are several scenarios that will enable you to cross that symptom of the list of possibilities soon enough).