Recognizing the Signs: Is your furry friend trying to tell you something?

    Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason, and there is little we wouldn’t do for our four-legged family members. However, sometimes it can be hard to know when they need to see a vet because they can’t tell us when they are sick. If you’re concerned about taking care of your dog, here are signs to keep in mind that mean they need to see a vet.

    Their Eating Habits Have Changed

    Changes in the way your dog eats are a sign that something may be wrong. If they are suddenly not eating food that they previously loved, it could be a sign that they are having some digestive issues that a veterinarian will need to diagnose.

    Drinking Too Much or Too Little

    Suddenly, drinking less water can also be a sign that there are digestive issues that our vet will need to take a look at. However, if your dog suddenly starts drinking more or urinating more, your veterinarian should check your dog for kidney problems or diabetes, as both can cause increased drinking and urinating.

    Trouble Breathing or Rapid Breathing

    Many dogs pant when they get hot, but when they get overheated, their breathing could increase rapidly as they try to cool themselves off. The average temperature of a dog is between 101 and 102.5 degrees, and if you’re afraid your dog is overheating, you should bring them into a cool area and call your vet immediately. Similarly, difficulty breathing could signify that your dog is experiencing a cold or some kind of allergy. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose the exact problem so that your pooch can get the treatment they need.

    Irritated Eyes

    While it may be irritation from an allergy or something that got into their eye, they could also have a scratch or injury to their cornea which will require a vet to diagnose. Dogs are more than just pets, they are part of the family. Keep these signs in mind so that you can know when your dog needs to see the vet so that you can keep your best friend happy and healthy for years to come.

    Note: This information is for general awareness only. Always consult with a veterinarian for personalized advice regarding your pet’s health.

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