Recent studies have shown that farm animals have a tendency to hide their sickness from other animals and even from people in many situations. This is their self-defense mechanism against other animals so that they don’t get threatened in any way. But dogs are different. They are really honest creatures and one of those animals who aren’t able to hide their sickness. So it will be fairly easy for you to pick up on the signs of any illness they are having.
Here are the ‘tell-tail’ signs of your dog being sick.
⦁ Change of behavior
Different dogs have different temperaments and behaviors. Some are really soft tempered while others are a bit aggressive in nature. So if you are seeing your dog exhibit different behavior than his normal one, it means that there is something amiss. If your normally quiet dog starts biting off furniture, excessively barking or not being obedient, it might not be any sickness per se and could be that it is in heat and is trying to release its pent up energy or that you are not giving it much attention or taking it for walks. But it is still better to get your dog checked by the vet.
⦁ Change the way it interacts
If you are used to your dog waiting at the door when you come home or it asking you to play with it and now you notice that it doesn’t do that anymore, it could be a sign that it is under the weather. Dogs are generally very energetic creatures and they never miss out on any playtime opportunities with their owners so if they refuse or don’t show any interest in any activity that they previously enjoyed, it means they are sick.
⦁ Change of eating and drinking habits
A really obvious indicator of your canine buddy’s health is the way it eats and drinks. Eating and drinking less or more than their required amount could be a way of knowing if there is something wrong with them or not.
⦁ Change in body
It is normal for dogs to get a bit heavier if they don’t go for their daily walks. Never let your dog become overweight because it gets a bit hard to make it lose the weight later. But if you haven’t increased your dog’s physical activity nor put it on a diet and you are noticing some weight loss, get it checked by a vet as soon as you can.
⦁ Other important signs
There could be a number of reasons your dog might get sick, whether it’s the weather, something it ate or an infection, they might show the following signs:
⦁ Coughing for more than a day
⦁ Excessive drooling
⦁ Bad breath
⦁ Bad tummy
⦁ Excessive or little urination
⦁ Rash or skin irritation
⦁ Hair loss
⦁ Walking strangely
If your dog is showing any of the above mentioned signs, be sure to make an appointment with a good vet as soon as possible. Your dog is a member of your family and so its health should also be one of your top priorities.