If your dog starts acting strange or showing symptoms of illness, it can be frustrating and distressing. By being attentive to any indicators that they need medical help, however, you can help them receive timely care.
Vomiting or diarrhea are both hallmarks of sickness in dogs. While mild or transient symptoms might arise from these issues, recurring vomiting or diarrhea could indicate something more serious such as rabies or cancer.
Vomiting can be a symptom of many health conditions, but it could also indicate more serious illness; therefore it’s essential that owners recognize when and how their pup needs medical assistance.
First and foremost, it is important to determine whether your pet is truly vomiting or simply regurgitating their food. If they are simply regurgitating undigested food from time to time, this should only require brief medical intervention and should not necessitate immediate veterinary assistance.
Your veterinarian will ask about your pet’s diet, weight loss, exposure to open trash receptacles or medications that could cause nausea as well as performing a physical exam and conducting lab tests to help identify the source of vomiting.
Chronic vomiting in dogs may be caused by depleted hydrochloric acid levels and/or intestinal inflammation, caused by reduced beneficial bacteria levels, food sensitivities or environmental allergens.
Probiotic treatments may help your dog with chronic vomiting. Calming herbs such as catnip may also soothe their nervous stomach and decrease stress and inflammation in their gut. In severe cases, however, your veterinarian may suggest an intravenous fluid or antinausea medication instead.
Diarrhea in dogs is an indicator of illness or disease and occurs when water and waste products move too rapidly through its digestive tract, leaving behind undigested food or substances.
Diarrhea in dogs may be caused by any number of factors, ranging from parasites and food allergies to bacterial infections or hormonal imbalances. Frequent outbreaks in older or young dogs should be taken as an indicator of an immediate health issue that must be treated immediately.
However, single episodes of diarrhea typically do not warrant serious concern as they usually go away by themselves or with basic home care in one to two days. If however, your dog experiences vomiting or lethargy along with diarrhea symptoms, further treatment may be required and hospitalization could be required for their wellbeing.
As with anything, the primary way to prevent diarrhea in your dog is to carefully watch his diet. Avoid feeding him table scraps and human foods; stay away from animals that might pose health threats; limit outdoor sources of foreign material (bones/sticks); take preventative antiparasitic medication to protect him against parasites that lead to diarrhea; keep him on regular preventative antiparasitic meds to guard against intestinal parasites/pathogens that can lead to it.
Your dog’s lethargic behavior could be an indicator that there’s an underlying health condition to address; lethargy can often be treated effectively using medications, diet changes or surgery.
Lethargy in dogs can range from mild (such as decreased interest in play, sleeping more than usual, and drooping ears) to severe symptoms like stiff limbs or difficulty holding their heads up). It’s essential that owners monitor these signs so that they know when their pet needs veterinary assistance.
Lethargy in dogs can often be due to an infection – this could include urinary tract infections (UTIs), heartworm infection or any number of parasites that reside on or in their bodies.
Lethargy in dogs may also be due to dehydration; make sure your pup is getting enough water throughout the day, as this could contribute to their lack of energy and enthusiasm.
Nausea in dogs is often caused by ingestion of something toxic or due to eating too much rich food; it can also be an early indicator of pancreatitis requiring veterinary assistance.
4. Runny Nose or Eyes
Runny noses are often an early telltale sign of colds or respiratory disease in dogs, though mild cases shouldn’t require treatment beyond at-home solutions to get better.
If your runny nose is accompanied by discolored discharge, sneezing, or other symptoms that indicate possible health concerns for your pet, seek advice from a veterinarian as soon as possible. Nasal Adenocarcinoma (NAC), which affects dogs only, causes clear nasal discharge with white or yellow spots on mucus as well as noisy breathing and clear nasal discharge.
Unfortunately, allergies are another source of runny noses. Allergens like grass pollen, cat dander, mold spores and ragweed can all trigger an immune response that results in inflammation of tissues in your nose and sinuses.
Hot spices like cayenne pepper, ghost pepper, thyme and ginger may help relieve nasal congestion in dogs. By dilatant the passages in their nose and sinuses, this may reduce symptoms for your pup. Nasal sprays may also help clear up runny noses. Antihistamines or allergy medication may also provide some relief; be sure to consult with your vet first regarding taking any antihistamines or allergy medication as this could further alleviate his discomfort.
5. Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can be a telltale sign of serious medical trouble and is one of the primary reasons for emergency room visits.
Abdominal pain symptoms may range from mild to severe and chronic, so blood or stool tests may be necessary in order to identify what’s causing discomfort.
Your veterinarian will pose many questions to try and isolate the source of pain in your pet. They’ll want to know when it started, how it felt when it did start, whether or not it is localized and for how long.
Sometimes stomach discomfort is caused by eating foreign objects like corn cobs or rocks ingested into your system – this is potentially life-threatening and should always be taken seriously.
If your pup has a bloated abdomen, make an appointment at the vet immediately. Bloating is dangerous as it can lead to twisting of their stomach which could put your pet into shock and potentially kill them.
Your vet will administer pain-relief medicine or therapy depending on the cause of pain. They’ll also perform tests like x-rays, blood work and ultrasound scans to pinpoint where it lies – should it prove serious enough, surgery might even be required.
6. Weight Loss
Weight loss is one of the telltale signs your dog is sick, so it is imperative that as soon as you notice their weight dropping it gets evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Unhealthy weight loss that occurs without physical exertion should always be seen as a potential indicator for illness and it is imperative that this symptom receives veterinary attention promptly.
Many pets lose weight because of gastrointestinal issues like inflammatory bowel disease, in which their stomachs overgrow to make digestion impossible and they must consume large quantities of food in order to get all the essential vitamins and nutrients from food sources. As a result, diarrhea often follows and so does an overeating condition where dogs try to get all their daily nutritional needs by eating more.
Other medical conditions that contribute to rapid weight loss in dogs include kidney disease and metabolic disorders. Kidney disease causes your pet to drink an unusually large amount of water and urinate more frequently than normal, which may lead to dehydration and rapid weight loss.
Your dog may start showing symptoms of weight loss as their body becomes depleted of essential nutrients due to cancer’s release of chemical messengers that suppress appetite and contribute to muscle waste.