Symptoms for illness in humans are relatively easy to determine. Questions like “What hurts?” “How does your head feel?,” or “When did you start feeling queasy?” can usually be answered straightforwardly. However, when dealing with sick dog symptoms, there are no responses easily gauged. So it is up to the owner to watch the signs and take necessary actions.
How can you tell when your canine friend isn’t well? Here are ten sick dog symptoms to note.
1. Not Wanting to Move — Dogs who are lethargic, limping, or otherwise not wanting to move may be injured. Watch your dog’s movements; if your dog is feeling pain in a particular limb it may favor uninjured ones. Being lethargic and using less energy, on the other hand, can mean any number of illnesses, from viral infections to internal disorders.
2. Change in Dog’s Temperament — A typically hyper dog who is inexplicably slow moving, a cheerful dog who is suddenly depressed, or a friendly dog who is now aggressive—all of these changes can be external signs of an internal problem. An animal in physical pain tends to be more aggressive, and depression or exhaustion can stem from various diseases, infections, and disorders, or even dog heart murmur symptoms.
3. Urinary or Drinking Changes — Excessive drinking or urination, or a lack of either is something to be alert to. Canine Cushing’s disease can cause overly frequent drinking, and excessive urination can mean constipation.
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