6 Signs of an Unhealthy Dog
Unfortunately, our fur babies aren’t able to tell us when they’re suffering or in pain. Because of this, it’s important that we learn to pay attention to their behavior and keep an eye out for the telling signs that your dog is feeling unwell.
Look out for these symptoms, as you never know what it could lead to.
1. Weight Changes
It’s not abnormal for dogs to lose a pound here or there, but if your dog is losing a considerable amount of weight or exhibiting a significant loss of appetite, then you have cause for concern. This could be a sign of metabolic disorders, neuromuscular diseases, cancer, and heart disease. So if you see that your dog has lost at least 10% of its weight, a visit to the vet should follow.
On the other hand, weight gain could also be a cause of concern. It’s one thing to help an underweight dog put on some healthy pounds, but if your dog is overweight to the point that it has trouble running or carrying out any other everyday dog activities, it’s time to take action to get your dog to a healthy weight.
A fever in your dog means that it might be fighting off some illness. Pay particular attention to a prolonged fever, as it may be underlying evidence of something more serious. Here’s a few way to tell your dog has a high temperature:
- Your dog exhibits lack of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, shivering and a depressed mood
- Nose is hot and dry, instead of cold and wet
- Temperature is higher than 102.5°F (normal temperature in dogs is between 100.5 and 102.5°F )
3. Bathroom Issues
Your dog’s stool may also be indicative of poor health. If your dog is suffering from diarrhea, it could lead to dehydration. This can be life-threatening, especially in small dogs. If they have blood in their stool, it could mean there’s presence of an ulcer, parasite, anal gland condition or colitis.
If you notice that your dog is having difficulty urinating or is making frequent failed attempts, it’s likely that something is wrong. These signs could mean that your dog has bladder stones or some other blockage. If this is diagnosed, your dog would need to be operated on or receive special care to have the blockage removed.
Unusual fatigue in dogs can be worrisome, especially if fainting is involved. This should be taken seriously because it could be a symptom of cancer, kidney disease or pancreatitis. Dogs faint for two main reasons, either due to neurological or cardiac problems. Neither one is something that you want to happen to your dog.
5. Breathing Trouble
If your dog is panting abnormally, breathing heavily or showing signs of fatigue, these are symptoms associated with heart and lung disease, infections, obstructions and other breathing problems. Seek attention if your dog is having difficulty breathing. A lack of oxygen reaching your dog’s tissue may lead to more critical problems, such as heart failure.
If your dog is vomiting three or more times a day, you should be concerned. This may be symptoms of an intestinal obstruction, infection, pancreatitis, hormonal imbalance, liver or kidney disease, or more serious diseases.
In addition to being upsetting and uncomfortable for your dog, an unhappy dog may lead to unexpected behavior. Make sure that you and your dog are protected with our Canine Liability Policy, a form of dog bite insurance that provides coverage against any injuries caused by your dog.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.