How To Know When Your Dog Is Not Feeling Well
In the wild an animal that manifests its pain is a potential prey and easy access for its predators. The dog having inherited this instinct of survival, tries at all cost to show no sign of weakness when feeling severed pain. They have the tendencies to suffer in silence, therefore, it is up to you as the caring owner to decode the signals of possible discomfort. Nadine Gourkow compiled a list of signs that you would need to pick up on in order to know that your furry little friend is not at its best.
He/She Is Not In Their Usual Demeanor
The behavior of a dog that is not feeling well is reflective first and foremost in their attitude and way of acting. If your usually excited dog does not get out of their little basked to greet you in the morning by jumping or licking you, you can already detect that something is off. On the other hand, if they have always been calm and have always remained quiet in the mornings’ whiles in his or her basket that does not necessarily mean that there is a problem. Grunts, apathy, or sudden nervousness, any abrupt and prolonged change in the behavior of your dog should lead you to consult a medical physician.
They Are In A Bad Physical Condition
Sluggishness, weight gain, and loss, dull hair, red eyes, shortness of breath, etc. are all signs that something is the matter with your dog. The alteration of the general condition of your dog must be taken seriously. This can be more or less obvious. If your dog continues to follow you whiles taking a walk but with less enthusiasm, if they take longer to finish their food and seem to lack energy without being completely shot, these are light signals but that we must take into consideration. A dog that is suffering from cancer can eat his bowl until the last hours of his life and find the resources to move even if he suffers a lot. It is for this reason that cancers in dogs are discovered late and are difficult to cure.
Having Digestive And Urinary Issues
A healthy dog has no digestive problems: his stool is normal, neither too hard nor too soft. Vomiting, incontinence, diarrhea, blood in the stool, constipation, a hard, swollen abdomen are clear symptoms that reveal an underlying problem and need to alert you. Likewise, if your dog is no longer clean overnight, this can reveal an organic problem. Behavioral uncleanliness is most often progressive and gradual.
They Hide And Have The Tendency To Sleep Alot
Your dog takes refuge in a small corner of the house in which they usually never go to? You find them upstairs when they are not used to taking the stairs? In the natural state, a dog that is not doing so well will hide away from predators and withdraw into the pack. In a house setting, a dog that does not feel well is forgotten, hence their reasoning for being vigilant.
A dog that sleeps a lot can be a symptom of depression or the consequence of aging. If despite your solicitations (walk, games), they are no longer respondent and remain apathetic and takes refuge in dark and narrow places, take them to the veterinarian as something could be the matter.
These are a few steps by Nadine that help to keep your dog active at all times.