You love your dog, and are a responsible pet owner, supplying good food and water, regular health checkups, typical vaccinations and parasite control treatments as part of the usual health program for your pet. But, you should still not be surprised if your pet becomes ill. Dogs can contract illnesses that can be very mild, all the way to very severe and life threatening, even in the midst of excellent care.
If you are wondering, here are some signs that things may be awry and you may need to get into the veterinarian. Sometimes it is a simple as a gut feeling that your dog isn’t looking himself that tells you things are not quite right.
11. Breathing difficulties
Your dog can get ill just as you can, so you may see some symptoms that need to be addressed. Seasonal allergies or allergies to chemicals can cause animals significant issues, and they can wheeze, cough, sneeze and even have trouble breathing due to this. Take a look and see if you have added anything new, or they have been exposed to more cleaning agents, perfumes, air fresheners, etc. These can all cause problems for humans and their dogs alike.
Dogs and cats can also get their own type of the flu or cold. Medication can be provided to help them breathe more comfortably while they recover.
Heart disease, kennel cough and aspiration pneumonia can all be serious health issues that produce respiratory symptoms and must be diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian. If respiratory issues crop up, get your dog assessed to help him be comfortable and breathe easily!
2. Loss of Appetite
This can be for harmless reasons as well as symptoms of something more serious. He may have had too many doggie snacks and may simply not be hungry – check with family members to see if he has had treats you don’t know about. Or he may not like the food he has, or even may be bored with it and need some variety. You also may notice when you change food, particularly to a higher protein diet that he eats less than he used to. This may be normal as the new food may fill him up more quickly and keep him full longer.
However, if he is shying away at mealtimes, isn’t interested in his usual foods, and is eating significantly less without a diet change, he may be telling you that he isn’t feeling well. Just like you, when your dog is sick, he isn’t likely to be very hungry. Keep an eye on overall intake, and if it continues over several days, you may want to get a vet appointment. He may have a health issue, especially if you see any other symptoms.