Indicators of poor health, such as persistent nasal discharge, can reveal the overall well-being of your dog. For instance, nasal discharge can indicate nasal congestion, and if the discharge is thick, it may suggest the possibility of pneumonia.
Occasional vomiting in a dog may not be a cause for concern, but if it persists, it should be further investigated as it may be a sign of an underlying health issue.
If a dog is constantly scratching, it is important to closely examine their skin, particularly in breeds with long hair. This may reveal parasites such as ticks or lice that may not be visible from a distance.
Occasional loose stools in a dog may not be a cause for concern, but if it persists, it may indicate a bowel disorder. Additionally, if a dog goes without passing stool for several days, it’s important to check for any issues with their digestion.
Observe the dog’s movements and look for any abnormal gait. Limping may indicate foot injuries, while reluctance to walk and decreased appetite combined with vomiting in older dogs could suggest nephritis or other acute kidney disorders.
Whiteness in the eyes may indicate corneal opacity, a symptom of diseases such as trypanosomosis. Anemia in dogs can also cause the mucous membrane of the eyes to appear pale, and in severe cases, the eyes may have a whitish appearance. If a dog shows aggressive behavior, such as biting, it is important to check for behavioral disorders and consider the possibility of rabies.
Signs to watch out for in your dog:
- Repeated vomiting, gagging, sneezing, or coughing
- Refusal to eat for over 24 hours
- Excessive thirst or urination
- Red or swollen gums
- Difficulty urinating
- Runny eyes or nose
- Itchy, flaking skin
- Progressive changes in weight
- General lethargy or tiredness
If you suspect that your dog is sick, it is important to take them to a veterinarian for an examination as soon as possible. The vet will be able to perform a physical examination and any necessary tests to determine the cause of the illness and provide the appropriate treatment. In some cases, the vet may also recommend additional diagnostic tests such as blood work, X-rays, or an ultrasound.
It is also important to provide a detailed history of your dog’s symptoms, including when they began and how frequently they occur. Additionally, make sure to note any changes in your dog’s behavior, appetite, and energy level.