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Dog Health – The 4 Signs to Watch Out For

We want to be able to pet our furry pals for as long as possible. We try to be around for as long as we possibly can and partly because we get our illnesses treated at once. Our pet dogs, however, cannot always as easily communicate their ailments to us.

So here’s a few things that will give you an idea that your dog probably does not feel very well.

Strange actions and movement

You probably recognize how your pet normally behaves by now. So it should be quite easy for you to spot if your dog suddenly behaves differently – and such a change in behavior is not to be ignored. If they suddenly feel tired, less playful, more aggressive, or clumsier, then you will have to consider that something might be wrong. Slow or stiff movement is not a good sign either.

Foul breath

Dog owners usually notice when their dog’s breath is a lot labored than usual and will be somewhat alarmed (although in the summer months this may not be as easy to identify because of the more intense heat). But if it’s about bad breath, owners usually do not pay too much attention to such. Many people believe that it is normal for dogs to have awful breath. Yet, if you notice that its breath is less agreeable (if not more disagreeable than normal), then maybe it is because their oral health is getting compromised.

Decreased, if not, increased appetite

Dogs are generally quite enthusiastic eaters, making a reduced appetite easily recognizable. A decline in appetite is possibly due to fever, pain, or stress. You definitely should visit your vet, once you observe this, particularly if it comes with loss. They will be able to immediately diagnose the symptoms, or even recommend a veterinary CT scan. But, an increase in appetite is also not a good sign, in particular if this causes your dog to eat things they normally avoid.

Loss of Hair

Hair loss may not be that easy to make out, especially because certain dogs seem to be shedding non-stop and gets their fur pretty much anywhere! However, if the dog seem to be losing more hair than they are supposed to, then eventually the signs become clear. Hair loss could be due to several reasons: it could be flea or parasite infestation, an insufficient diet, if not a thyroid disorder, which require consultation with your vet. But, it may also be a sign of pregnancy – there are some conditions though that will help you rule out that possibility quite easily.