Whether you have a German Shepherd, Labrador, boxer or any other dog breeds, when our dogs are sick – what they cant say in words, they can demonstrate through symptoms and behaviour changes.
Dogs, unfortunately can not comminute with us by way of speech when they are hurt or don’t feel good, however any major change in their behaviour is a good reason to see your vet. Cats, on the other hand tend to be more independent and are often less likely to show their owners they are sick and therefore owners need to pay special attention to their health.
To help you understand what to look out for, we have listed what we call the “danger zone” – however, ultimately if you are concerned over your dogs wellbeing, – book an appointment to see your vet and don’t leave it too late.
1. You see – Stiffness and Lameness, or Difficulty With Rising
Dogs that suffer stiffness and lameness constantly and have the inability to bear weight on one leg, or trouble rising from the ground may suffer from hip or elbow dysplasia, disc disease, ruptured cruciate ligament, or a visit to the vet may show that your dog has arthritis.
In hip dysplasia, you normally find that the hip develops abnormally and often the dysplasia starts from the puppy years. The dysplasia could also lead to degenerative joint disease as the dog gets older. Dogs breeds, such as German shepherds, Labradors, and golden retrievers, are often the most at risk to be affected. Also as a lot of dogs get older, they tend to develop arthritis.
Arthritis can result in a variety of nastiness beside the pain and stiffness. For example – If a long haired dog cant get up, they may urinate on themselves – which could end up with a maggot infestations in their fur during the warm weather months.
When a dog has trouble getting up from the ground, this could be treated by tablets such as: glucosamine for your dog; physical therapy through hydrotherapy and physiotherapy; and by using the “Quincys” mobility harness which is leaps ahead of any other similar product in the pet market.
Amazingly, more and more people are buying the “Dog aids” harness to use on their dogs at the puppy stage. The reason the “Quincys” harness is invaluable in your puppies growing years is because by taking some of the weight off their legs, you allow the bones to grow correctly and avoid
future heartaches. More information on this harness is available at www.dogaids.com
2. Your dog has Stopped Eating or shows a Lack of Activity
This may sound a bit vague, a dog could stop eating for various reasons including fever or stress. If this lasts more than 24 hours then a visit to your vet is well worth considering.
When your dog shows signs of low energy levels – something should tell you that’s its just not right. This could be just some minor problem, such as an extra long run in the fields, but if it persists other dog symptoms could arise, such as weakness, collapsing or even loss of consciousness. There could be many reasons for this lethargic reaction, including major problems, such as heart disease.
3. Urinating More or Less Frequently
Dogs that live in the house and who don’t normally “wee” in the house may start “weeing” inside the house.
Too much drinking and thirst may point towards diabetes, but may also be liver or kidney disease or even adrenal gland disease.
On the other hand, too little urination, or even straining to urinate, could mean either a urinary tract problem or bladder stones.
If you see that your dog is coughing persistently, then a vet needs to diagnose the dogs symptoms. The coughing may have been brought on by heartworms, heart disease or lung worms.
If it’s a harsh hacking cough, your dog may have kennel cough. This is infectious and for most dogs after using the correct medication, will disappear within two weeks. For puppies on the other hand, kennel cough could lead to pneumonia. Also , kennel cough may be more serious for certain dog
breeds who have that pushed-in faces, such as boxers, douge de Bordeaux, bulldogs, pugs, and Boston terriers.
If you notice your puppy or dog with kennel cough develops a fever, or has a lot of nasal discharge, or has a loss of appetite, maybe even feels lethargic, it may be getting pneumonia and a veterinarian must be seen.
5. Hair Loss or Itchy Skin
Fleas, ticks, and ear mites are very common reasons for your dogs hair loss on either the skin or the ears. When you see your dog scratching their ears constantly they probably have ear mites or a yeast infection, and this is normally seen by brown, crumbly discharge in the ears.
But hair loss or itchy skin can also be caused by endocrine problems, staph infections, fungal or yeast infections, and a host of other causes.
6. Vomiting or Diarrhoea
All dogs tend to vomit every now and then. Your canine may eat something outside, vomit and go back to their normal self again. But a dog who vomits throughout the day and may even be off their food needs to see a vet as a matter of precaution. Another serious canine symptom may be, that you see blood in the dogs vomit that looks a little bit like ground coffee. This could possibly be through swallowing a foreign object or even gastric ulcers. Foreign objects could include, sharp bones, soft toy chews, or even items such as clothing or kitchen utensils.
Causes of vomiting or diarrhoea could include many things such as parasite infections – which include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and if you see blood in the stool, this is a major warning sign telling you that your dog needs to see a vet.