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IN Animals ON 19 Sep, 2015
Just imagine, if we cannot speak out how we are feeling inside our bodies, headaches, fever or just a small pain here or there, how helpless we all would have been. But, fortunately, this is not the case with us, but certainly it happens with our pets, who could not speak what is going wrong with them and feel restless about the same.
But as with our bodies, there are certain symptoms with dogs too, which can give us alarm that he is not well and that it is the time to take him to a vet. Expert also advice that we should never play the role of a doctor with our pets, it may prove fatal.
There are of course! tell-tale signs that help you identify that your dog needs an immediate medical attention and that you should immediately consult one to help him overcome the same.
As with our bodies, if there is a sustained fever in your dog, it is a sign that there is something wrong with his body, maybe an infection or something that really needs your attention. The normal temperature in dogs is 100.5 to 102.5°F, so if his body feels warm to you and you feel that his temperature is higher than what is should be, seek a vet's advice.
First of all, don't think that coughing is normal and it is just seasonal, it is the most common habit in all of us. Dogs however don't get asthma, hence coughing could mean bronchitis, pneumonia, a heart problem, or tracheal collapse and treatment mainly includes anti-inflammatory drugs and even surgery. Take your dog to doctor and start medication as early as possible.
All the reasons of fainting should be taken seriously and your pet should be taken to vet, no guessing or assuming should be done. "Some dogs recover very quickly and look essentially normal just seconds to minutes after collapsing, whereas others stay in the collapsed state until helped. If your dog appears to be abnormally tired, there could be a number of reasons behind it like cancer, kidney disease and pancreatic problems.
If you see or feel that there is some abnormal swelling in the stomach area, this is a red signal that your pet needs immediate doctor's attention, as it can sometimes be life threatening too. This swelling could be a sign of some kind of hormonal disease, or even internal bleeding. Swelling at times result in pressure on the chest cavity, making it difficult for your dog to breathe.
If you have a male dog, frequent urination can mean bladder stones or some obstruction or blockage abstaining him from urinating freely. And if there is blood in urine, this could again be a sign of same bladder stones as well as cancer or a serious infection. If you observe any such symptom, call a doctor without fail.
Heart and lung disease, infections, obstructions, and more can cause sudden breathing problems. Just as with people, difficulty breathing is a serious symptom and if your dog is "panting more than normal, fatigues easily, or suddenly has loud or noisy breathing, it should be examined by your veterinarian immediately. This can be because not enough oxygen is reaching your dog's tissue and major organs, and heart failure is certainly a possible result.
Eye infection in s common problem in dogs, it occurs due to a variety of reasons, like inflammation or infection. Certain disorders of the eye can lead to blindness, so any significant change in the appearance of your dog's eyes should be investigated. Also, redness in eyes may indicate glaucoma or an eye socket disorder. It becomes crucial to visit a doctor and seek his help.
When a dog becomes restless, he is trying to tell you that he is not well or something wrong is happening with him which is not usual. Restlessness creates a sense of anxiety and hence he requires your attention. This restlessness could include whining, looking scared, shaking, or pacing. Whether your dog is in pain or just general discomfort, you will want to have a vet check them out to find the cause.
Vomiting is again a usual problem occurring with dogs and occasional vomiting should not be your concern. But if it becomes much more frequent, like three or more times per day, then time has come to meet an expert. Don't wait for condition to get worse, vomiting can be because of your pet is suffering from intestinal obstruction, infection, pancreatic, liver or kidney disease, hormonal imbalance, or worse. So the simple rule is, the sooner the better.
Diarrhea is an indication that your dog's body is caught up by some infection and if there is blood in his stool, a trip to doctor should become your priority. "Diarrhea can cause dehydration and can be life threatening to small dogs." This could indicate an ulcer, a parasite or even colitis and anal gland condition. Blood in stool can be a serious indication, and don't become a doctor to your dog in such situation, take him to vet as he better knows what needs to be done.