You know your beloved pooch more than anyone, so you can easily tell if something is amiss with its behaviour. But sometimes even the best dog owners miss out on the tell ’tail’ signs that indicate that their furry best friend is sick. Here are 6 signs that tell that your dog is not well:
1. Different Behavior
Mood swings are normal even among animals, but if you notice that your dog is behaving differently or strangely for more than a day then it could mean that it is not well. Some common irregular behaviors that indicate that your dog is not well include:
- Neediness or clinginess
- Howling lowly frequently
Anything that is the opposite of your dog’s personality, in general, is a warning sign that you must take it to the vet.
2. Change in Weight
Some health issues such as unexplained weight loss or gain are only noticed after they are significantly visible. If you notice that your dog has become thinner or overweight, then assess the lifestyle of your dog. Are you feeding them too much or skipping out on daily walks and play time? Weight loss, on the other hand, could be a sign of diabetes or kidney disease, and you need to have it checked pronto.
3. Tummy Problems
Changes in your dog’s toilet habits can be one of the signs that your dog is not well. If your dog is urinating or defecating more than it regularly does or has trouble doing it, then it could be a sign of some infection in the intestines or its urethra. Loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea are also indicators that something is not right in your dog’s stomach.
4. Hair Loss
Your dog can experience hair loss due to a number of reasons such as allergic reactions, hormonal imbalance, mites, trauma changes in the feed. It could be shedding a lot of hair or have bald patches on its body.
Some dogs are vocal about their pain and howl away, while others suffer in silence. Therefore, you have to notice other signs such as swelling of the joints, trouble chewing or drooling, hesitance to move around much or play and trying to guard a body part if you come close to it or try to touch it.
6. Keeping to Itself
Dogs are generally very social and thrive on interaction of any sort, especially with humans and of their own. If your dog is keeping to itself and not making any effort to interact, then it could also mean that it is depressed. A lot of people don’t take the mental health of animals seriously, but it is important to note that they suffer too.
Dogs can get depressed and face withdrawal symptoms if any human or animal they were close to is gone. Many times, they feel depressed when they see that their owners are depressed.
As long as you watch out for these important signs and get them fixed, you will always have a healthy and happy dog.