It would be awesome if dogs could talk, right? They could tell us exactly what they’re thinking, how they’re feeling and maybe even clue us in on the secrets of life.
The dilemma is that dogs express themselves through behavior. These behaviors are often subtle, which has two possible outcomes.
1. We might miss important signs of illness.
2. We can quickly turn into a hyper-vigilant helicopter pup parent, ready to cart the dog off to the vet at the first sign of a watery eye.
The following information should help clue you in on whether or not you should chill out or get your best friend to the vet ASAP.
#1. Vomiting or diarrhea.
Just like us, dogs get upset tummies. Sometimes, it’s no big deal, but other times it can be a sign of something serious, like poisoning. According to WebMD, if your pup is vomiting or poopin’ blood, it’s time to get to the vet right away.
#2. Decreased activity.
Sometimes it can be difficult to spot a decrease in activity because sleeping is one of a dog’s favorite pastimes. However, a disinterest in games and general shenanigans can be a sign of illness. By monitoring your dog’s activity levels with products like Voyce, you’ll have a better understanding of what’s normal and what’s not.
#3. Excessive urination.
It might be time for a vet visit if your pup is frequently doing the pee-pee dance or having accidents in the house. Another cause for concern is frequent attempts to urinate. Amanda Landis-Hanna, DVM states “If your dog is straining to urinate, or has blood tinged urine, she might have a bladder stone or a urinary tract infection.”
#4. Drinking too much water.
On average, your dog should drink about an ounce of water for each pound of body weight. The amount will likely increase during the warmer months when squirrel chasing is at an all-time high. This is where common sense comes in. If you’re constantly refilling the doggie bowl, it could be a sign of Cushing’s disease, cancer or many other illnesses.
#5. Constant head tilting or shaking.
Every pup does the adorable head tilt, especially when you say “treat.” However, if it’s constant, it might be a sign of an ear infection or vestibular disease.
#6. Strange odors.
This includes bad breath and body odor. Dog Notebook suggests sniffing your pooch occasionally to check for smelly changes! Don’t sniff their butt though, that would be weird.
#7. Irregular or labored breathing.
This may be a sign of a cold or a more serious respiratory issue. Voyce enables you to track resting respiration over time so that you can determine your pup’s typical resting respiration rate. This gives you the opportunity to identify when your pup is experiencing abnormal or elevated trends.
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