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Signs of Illness in Dogs

Dogs are truly amazing animals. Your loyal canine buddy may be very expressive and easy to read at times, and you may have gotten pretty good at reading Fido’s body language to get an idea of what’s going on in that doggy brain. One thing that can be a bit tricky, however, is determining whether a dog is ill or just having an off day. Here are a few signs of illness from your vet Greenwood.

Sudden Change in Behavior

Any sudden change in an animal’s behavior bears close watching. If your pup is normally energetic, but suddenly seems listless, there may be something going on with him. The reverse is also true. A dog that is usually quiet but suddenly starts acting excitable could be ill. If Fido seems particularly irritable, doesn’t seem interested in his usual activities, or if he seems to keep to himself, keep a close eye on him, as these things can all be indicative of illness.

Digestive Issues

Diarrhea, vomiting, a change in appetite, and a change in thirst can all be indications that something is going on with your dog. If you ever notice these symptoms, contact your vet for a physical exam. Bloating is another symptom that there could be something wrong, and can sometimes indicate a very serious issue.

Difficulty Breathing

Normally dogs should not have any problem breathing. Granted, Fido may pant a bit, if he’s hot or if he just used up a lot of energy playing or running, but healthy dogs won’t cough, wheeze, or rasp. If your dog has any issues with his breathing, he could be ill.

Doggy Nose Issues

If your dog’s nose feels very warm and dry, he could have a fever. A watery discharge or mucus from your dog’s nose can also be a symptom, though of course, we all know that some doggies just have wet noses.

Other indications that your dog could be ill include sudden dullness or loss of fur, strange bumps or lesions, limping, vomiting, diarrhea, and red or watery eyes. Shivering, shaking, or staggering are also red flags.

If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms, please call your vet clinic Greenwood immediately for an appointment. Never try to diagnose your pet’s illness yourself, as many symptoms can be indicative of several different conditions or diseases, and making sure your pup gets the proper treatment is crucial.

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