Not all dogs react to illness in the same way. Breathing difficulty, hair loss, refusal to eat or walk around. It is important to know the symptoms to be taken seriously. Explanations.
It is difficult to know if a animal suffers. Generally, animals suffer in silence. However, certain signs and symptoms can allow you to detect possible discomfort.
my dog vomits
the vomiting is a symptom to watch out for, as it may indicate a health problem in your dog.
Acute and repeated vomiting may be due to food poisoning, an allergy or a more serious infection, especially if he starts panting and drooling.
Vomiting can also be due to a feeling of suffocation felt by the dog when eating. Some breeds of dogs eat too quickly and tend to regurgitate their meal under the effect of stress or excitement.
However, a dog can also vomit because of a non-digestive disorder such as:
- Travel sickness
- Infectious disease
- neurological problem
- Renal failure
If your dog vomits after swallowing a suspicious product, call your veterinarian immediately.
More generally, if your companion vomits without an identifiable cause or if he vomits several times during the day, it is best to contact your veterinarian.
My dog refuses to eat
It is possible that your dog may sometimes suffer from a loss of appetite. If he refuses his bowl once, don’t panic, offer him again a little later in the day.
If you have changed his diet, it is possible that it does not suit him, or that he needs a little time to appreciate it. It is best to allow for an adjustment period when changing food.
However, if your dog refuses to eat for more than a day, it is important to pay closer attention to it, as this could be a symptom of a more serious condition.
Unfortunately, the loss of appetite in dogs can have several origins, more or less serious:
- digestive disorders,
- organic diseases (Crohn’s disease, distemper…)
- Infectious diseases
Make an appointment with your veterinarian for a consultation and note if your dog is drinking more or less and remember to take the kibbles he usually eats with you.
My dog stays down
It all depends on the age of your dog. An older dog will tend to sleep longer during the day and spend more time in their basket.
If your dog sleeps more than usual in places where you don’t usually see him, if he is listless when not sleeping, if he has difficulty moving, if he isolates himself more than usual, then it can be the symptom of a deeper evil.
Your dog may be suffering from muscle or joint pain, or even suffering from depression.
If despite your calls and proposals for games or walks, he no longer has a respondent, he seems downcast and does not get up from his basket, take him to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
My dog has difficulty urinating
Except during their young age, dogs are clean animals.
If your dog moans while urinating and hunches over, it may be suffering from a urinary or renal problem.
Watch your dog’s urine carefully. Any change, amount, smell or behavior should alert you.
A urinary problem requires an emergency visit to a veterinarian.
My dog shows signs of aggression
Finally, when an animal is in pain, it is possible that it shows aggressive, even to his master. It is simply a defense mechanism for the dog.
If he starts to growl, bare his fangs, or whine, your dog may be in pain.
These signs are to be taken seriously, especially if they appear suddenly when the animal is not used to it.
It is advisable to set up a quiet resting place for your dog, to avoid any physical interaction and to make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Adopting an animal commits you, it is a decision that you will have to think carefully about. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or the shelter closest to you before starting. They will be able to give you their advice on the breed of dog that will suit you best.