6 Dog Behaviors that You Should Never Ignore

6 Dog Behaviors that You Should Never IgnoreIt can be tough to understand what your dog means by some of his actions, but there are some behaviors that should never be ignored in your dog. One small action or symptom could be your first clue to the presence of a life-threatening problem in your dog, be it illness or unhampered aggression.

An unhappy or unhealthy dog is more likely to exhibit aggressive or dangerous behaviors down the line. Regardless of your dog’s currently behavior, make sure you have your four-legged friend protected with a liability insurance policy, and keep your eyes open for these potential trouble spots.

1. Pacing/Restlessness

In dogs, pacing and restlessness may indicate pain, discomfort or distress. These symptoms can be associated with a condition called bloat in which the stomach twists. Bloat is life-threatening and is most common in large breed or deep-chested dogs.

Even if your dog is healthy, pay attention to signs of discomfort in your dog. If your dog is uncomfortable in a group or situation, he could lash out.

2. Collapse/Fainting

A collapse is a sudden loss of strength causing your dog to fall and be unable to rise. Some dogs that suddenly collapse can lose consciousness. It is possible for a dog to recover very quickly and look essentially normal  shortly after collapsing, whereas others stay collapsed until helped. This is not a normal dog behavior, and should be examined by a vet if it happens.

3. Loss of Appetite

There are many causes of a loss of appetite, and it is often the first indication of illness. Regardless of the cause, loss of appetite can have a serious impact on an animal’s health if it lasts 24 hours or more. Young animals less than 6 months of age are particularly prone to the problems brought on by loss of appetite.

4. Excessive Drinking/Urinating

These signs are often early signs of disease including kidney failure, diabetes mellitus, thyroid gland problems, uterine infection , and many other causes. Dogs generally take in about 20 to 40 milliliters per pound of body weight per day, or one to two cups per day for a normal sized dog. If you determine that your pet is drinking excessively, make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately.

5. Coughing

Common causes of excessive coughing include obstruction in the windpipe, bronchitis, pneumonia, heartworm disease, lung tumors, kennel cough and heart failure. Some of these conditions are life threatening and all pets with a cough should be evaluated by a vet.

6. Lethargy

Lethargy is a state of drowsiness, inactivity, or delayed responses to external stimuli such as sound, sight, or touch. Lethargy is associated with many possible underlying systemic disorders. It may have little to no impact on the affected individual; however its presence may represent severe illness. Lethargy that last longer than 24 hours should be addressed immediately.

It is common for these behaviors to be accompanied by other unexpected behaviors. Be sure to obtain Canine Liability Insurance so you are protected if your pet’s emotions get the best of them.

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