Dogs are one of the most wonderful gifts humans have, and we don’t deserve them. The constant love, the endless forgiveness, the playfulness, the cuddles—dogs truly are man’s best friend. Given how closely we bond with them, it is easy to understand why dog owners might worry about their dog’s health or well-being. Sometimes a dog owner cannot tell whether an anomaly in their dog’s behavior or physical wellness is a serious concern or no big deal. Some small health issues can be tackled with health care aids such as melonex syrup, digyton syrup, vitabest derm, himpyrin, and carodyl 100. But sometimes, it is best to take your dog to the vet if something doesn't feel right. While no single article could cover everything about dog health and wellness, the following aims to make a dent in the topic by exploring several signs that you need to take your dog to the vet.
Just like people, dogs are varied. Depending on your dog, vomit might be a common occurrence or a rarity. Some dogs will eat the same type of grass regularly despite all our best efforts at coaxing them away from it, and so retching happens. Other dogs learn quickly and be away from anything that upsets their stomach. Wherever your furry friendlies on this spectrum, you want to be wary of any vomit (which is unusual). It could include instances where your dog is throwing up clear liquid or anything that has an unusual color, consistency, or texture. There are several reasons your dog might be getting sick, several of which are serious concerns.
Blood In Stool, Vomit, Or Urine
You probably have been told that you need to go to a hospital if you find blood in your stool, urine, vomit, or mucus. The same applies to pets. If any blood is found in the vomit, this is also a strong indication that a vet visit is critical. Several serious conditions could result in these symptoms, and there is an extreme time crunch as you cannot be sure that the source of the blood has clotted until the next bowel movement. It’s not worth waiting and realizing your dog has been bleeding internally for several hours. Go to the vet immediately.
Itching, Sneezing, Flaking, And Shedding
If your dog seems to be itching more than usual, or she’s sneezing or has excessive flaking or shedding, this indicates that she might be suffering from an allergic reaction. That’s right; just like humans, dogs can have allergies. And just like people, more dogs have allergies than people know. Sometimes a dog owner will assume that a certain degree of itching is normal or that flaking skin is just something their dog deals with. A veterinarian can help you identify any allergies your pet may have, and this can drastically improve your dog’s life. Allergies are uncomfortable and tend to cause inflammation within the body. Inflammation is linked to a ton of chronic illnesses and shortened life expectancies. Pay attention to symptoms of allergies and what foods or environmental factors were present when the symptoms arose.
White gums are critically important to look out for, particularly if your dog has just been in an accident or incident. Gums should be pink; when they’re not, this indicates internal bleeding. Like people, dogs can get injured on the inside with nearly no external symptoms. If you see white gums, it is time to rush your dog to the vet because there’s a strong chance he/she is losing blood.
If your dog is having trouble maintaining the balance they usually do, there is a chance something serious has happened to them. Dizziness can indicate several illnesses or problems and should never be ignored (this applies to people —dizziness is a serious symptom). You also want to look for unexplainable lethargy.
Yes, if it’s a hot day and your dog has just spent the afternoon running around with your neighbor's pet, it might make sense that they are exhausted and keeping movements to a minimum. If there is no reason that you can think of for the lethargy, or it is drawn out over a longer period than seems appropriate, a vet visit might be in order. Countless causes of lethargy include everything from depression to cancer.
The above list is by no means exhaustive. No one knows your pet better than you do, which means if there is something that seems wrong that is not on this list, pay attention to it. If your gut tells you that there’s a problem, there probably is; dogs are incredibly communicative with their eyes and gestures, and gut instincts should not be ignored. If you’re worried, call your vet. They will tell you whether or not you should bring your furry friend in.
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