Thankfully, we live in a different time! Today, dogs are part of the family and are lovingly tended to. In appreciation of that, we compiled some information to help you recognize, monitor, treat and/or seek professional help when your dog is sick:
Watch for signs and symptoms of Illness: Pay attention to your dog’s body language! Much like being in pain, dogs will try to hide the fact that they are sick as a self preservation instinct. However, the signs will be there.
For less severe symptoms: (Symptoms can worsen quickly, so make sure to monitor your pet). Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following signs lasting more than one to two days:
- Drooling or bad breath
- Excessive/inappropriate urination, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting
- Increased water consumption or poor appetite
- Excessive sleeping or attitude changes
- Disinterest in normal activities and lethargy
- Stiffness, lameness, or weakness
- Coughing, sneezing, wheezing, or excessive panting
- Sores, lumps, or shaking of the head
- Dry or itchy skin, dull, dry or flaky coat
- Dry, red, or cloudy eyes
- Congestion or nasal discharge
- Displays pain (whimpering and/or resistance to touch in a certain area)
- Make sure your dog has access to water.
- Withhold food and treats for up to 24 hours if your dog is vomiting or has diarrhea.
- Introduce a bland diet for 1-2 days, such as chicken and white rice.
- Limit your play time and exercise. Your dog needs plenty of rest to recover.
- Keep your dog inside as it may have trouble regulating its temperature.
- Provide a comfortable bed and blankets where you can easily monitor your pup.
- Keep your sick dog away from other dogs.
- Pale, white or blue gums
- Extremely bloated abdomen or labored breathing
- Collapse, unresponsiveness or loss of consciousness
- Dizziness, imbalance, circling or inability to walk
- Severe pain (loud, excessive crying, aggression when touched or intense body guarding)
- Body temperature under 99F or over 104F
- Sudden, extreme change in mental state, cognition or seizures
** This important blog post was written by our Lead Trainer: Mark Dunlap