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Don’t ignore them: The 10 main signs that a dog is sick

Don’t ignore them: The 10 main signs that a dog is sick

The dog will reveal to us by its behavior and body language that it is sick. That is why it is important to recognize the signals by which the pet lets us know that something is wrong with him. Find out which 10 signs you should not ignore because they can warn you that your dog is sick.

  1. Flatulence

Abdominal bloating can only be the result of overeating, but if it is accompanied by some other symptoms you should take the dog to the vet. These symptoms can be lethargy, vomiting, and gums that have turned blue, white, or yellowish instead of pink. Is it time to visit the vet, you can also check by lightly pressing your fingers on both sides of the abdomen while the dog is standing. Squeeze and then release the pressure and do so along the entire length of the trumpet. If the dog shows signs of pain or you feel fluid in his abdomen, take the dog to a veterinarian immediately. Also, if the dog wants to vomit but nothing comes out, do not delay a visit to the vet.

  1. Itching

If you notice that your dog is itching a lot more than usual, he may have ticks, fleas or nits. Other causes of constant itching can be dermatitis which can be caused by allergies and lack of nutrients. First, bathe the dog in a suitable oat-based and odorless shampoo. If this does not relieve the itching, try to change the dog’s diet and give him more meat-based and cereal-free foods. If it is not about parasites or dry skin, it is time to visit a veterinarian who will determine based on the tests whether it is a bacterial, neurological, parasitic or infectious health problem or an allergic reaction to something from the environment.

  1. Temperature

Check if the dog has a temperature by touching the nose or the area behind the ears to make sure they are warmer than usual. The dog’s nose should be cool and moist, and if it is warm and dry, it probably has a fever. However, veterinarians advise that you should not rely only on the nose of the animal. Symptoms of fever may include lethargy, shivering, vomiting or coughing, and runny nose. You can also use a rectal thermometer designed specifically for dogs.

  1. Aggression

If your dog suddenly shows signs of aggression, the reason may be because something is hurting him and by showing aggression he wants to prevent someone from touching him. Sudden attacks of aggression alert to a visit to the vet as soon as possible.

  1. Urination around the house

If the dog urinates too often and three bowel movements a day are not enough to empty the bladder, it may be a sign of a urinary tract, bladder or kidney infection, which will probably need to be treated with antibiotics. The cause of sudden urination around the house can also be a feeling of anxiety caused by giving away or a feeling of fear due to thunder or other loud sounds.

  1. Strong bad breath

Chronic bad breath can alert to a problem with the gastrointestinal tract, liver, or kidneys. If the odor has a fruity odor it can be a sign of diabetes, especially if it is accompanied by an excessive need for water and more frequent urination. Odor that smells like urine can be a sign of kidney disease, and extremely unpleasant odor accompanied by vomiting, yellowing of the whites of the eyes and gums, and lack of appetite can signal liver problems.

  1. Running in circles

Dogs often play by hunting their own tail, but if the dog does so and appears dizzy, it may be plagued by labyrinthitis, or inflammation of the labyrinth in the middle ear, the part of the ear responsible for balance. Symptoms of an ear infection include abnormal posture, head curvature, lack of coordination, and loss of balance. Other health problems, such as head injuries and poisoning, can also be the cause of this behavior.

  1. Pulling on the buttocks

When a dog does this, it often means that something is irritating his anus. The culprit may be a purulent or clogged anal gland which is treated by squeezing the glands to empty them. Such health problems are common in smaller dogs, and it is best left to a veterinarian to resolve it. Other symptoms of clogged or purulent anal glands include biting or licking the area, swelling of the anus, and difficulty performing a large bowel movement.

  1. Eating feces

The dog’s habit of eating feces, whether one’s own or someone else’s, is very common and in most cases harmless, and they eat it because – they like its taste. However, it can sometimes be a sign of malabsorption syndrome in which the dog, wanting to ingest more calories, instinctively eats feces. To prevent your dog from eating his own or someone else’s feces, always watch what he does while walking and that there are enough chew toys, treats and hobbies that he will not be bored with.

  1. Frequent gas emissions

If the dog leaks gas too often, and in addition feels abdominal pain, diarrhea and poor appetite, this is a sign that you should visit a veterinarian. If your dog is healthy and often leaks gas, make sure his diet contains less fiber and be sure to avoid giving him leftover human food. If your dog eats very fast, try giving him three smaller meals a day instead of one large one. In this way, the dog will swallow less air and thus emit less gas.