Signs Your Dog Might Be Getting Sick

Just like with humans, when a dog starts coming down with something, there can be signs. Some of the clues he’ll give off might be simple ones, so they can be easy to miss.


But there are some common signs that your dog isn’t well. Many owners assume that a dog naturally has breath that doesn’t smell all that pleasant. But that’s not the case. If you notice that your dog has foul breath, that can mean that he’s developing diabetes or that he has kidney problems.


If you notice that your dog is suddenly drinking more water than he used to, that can be a sign that something is going on with his adrenal glands. It can also be a sign that your dog has developed diabetes.


On the flip side, if you see that your dog is drinking like normal, but isn’t putting out much urine, that can be a symptom that he has a problem in his urinary tract. Usually when a dog becomes ill, one of the first things he’ll do is to lose interest in eating.


Dog Drinking


Though it’s true that sometimes a dog will simply get bored with his food, more often than not, a lack of an appetite is a sign of illness. If your dog begins to vomit or has diarrhea, that can signify something simple such as he overate or he picked up a stomach bug.


That can happen with dogs the same way it can happen to humans. However, if the vomiting is prolonged or the diarrhea becomes bloody, he needs to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.


Dogs that lose interest in doing their normal activities such as running, playing or wanting to go for a walk with you can be giving you a sign that they’re getting sick. If you see that he has trouble moving around, that he seems to struggle to walk when he never has before, that can be a sign that he’s getting ill.


So can staggering while he’s walking. Just like humans get grumpy when they don’t feel well, dogs can, too. If you see that he’s suddenly snappish or he acts irritable when touched, it’s a clue he’s not feeling well.


Angry Dog


A dog that had energy before and now only wants to sleep is a sign that he’s ill. Breathing changes – such as breathing faster or with more shallow inhales – can be a sign that he’s sick.


If your dog coughs or sneezes often, that can mean he’s coming down with something more serious than allergies. If his eyes are runny or cloudy, that can mean he’s not well. When a dog doesn’t feel well, his nose will change temperatures and feel warm to the touch.


You might notice him shaking his head, which can signify an earache or an ear infection. It can also mean that something might be in his ear. Any raw, patchy or blood spot on his skin can mean that he’s ill.


If you see a lump anywhere on his body, that can be a sign that he’s developing a tumor or possible cancer and it should be evaluated. It could be benign, but it’s best to check it out in case it’s not.



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