Wednesday, September 23, 2020

When To Worry About Your Dog's Health

If you’re a dog owner, then you’ll know there are plenty of times when your beloved pet gives you cause to fear for their wellbeing. Dogs are curious and often hungry and if you’re not careful could be snacking on anything they find while you’re out for a walk or while they’re exploring the garden. They’re also prey to diseases, parasites and other conditions that can range from the trivial to the serious.
 
If you’re not going to be constantly worried for your dog’s health, you need to be able to recognise when your dog is telling you it’s seriously ill and potentially in need of a visit to the vet, and when you can cautiously let time take care of the issue, and expect to see your dog back to its usual self in a day or two.
 
Gastrointestinal Problems
One of the most common symptoms of sickness you’ll see from your dog is stomach trouble: vomiting and diarrhea.
 
A lot of the time this isn’t something you need to worry about too much: if your dog eats something that disagrees with it (as will inevitably happen), then they will suffer an upset stomach, much as we would! While it’s unpleasant, it does help remove whatever your dog has eaten from its system.
 
As long as you’ve no reason to worry your dog has eaten anything toxic, a day or two of upset stomach is not something you need to be too concerned about. You need to make sure your dog has access to lots of water - if you have a dog constantly being sick it will need hydration - and is able to rest. If the situation continues for more than a day or two then a visit to the vet may be necessary.
 
Pain
Unfortunately, it’s far from unknown for dogs to injure themselves, or get injured in play or even fights. The source of the pain may not be obvious at first - you may well notice a change in your dog’s behaviour before the wound itself.
 
An injured dog may limp, or spare one side of its body as it moves, it might become more aggressive and prone to growling and barking, or more withdrawn. Any of these changes is a good reason to have a look at your dog and possibly make a visit to the vet! It may be an injury that heals naturally, or it might require medical treatment.
 
Fleas
Modern medicines mean you only rarely experience a dog with fleas, but it’s hard to mistake the signs. Scratching, red spots, and of course, the presence of the fleas themselves. A flea infestation isn’t immediately serious in itself but it’s very uncomfortable for your dog and could lead to infections.
 
Regular vet visitors will catch infestations early and ensure you can get the best medication option to help your dog!

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