We all know how difficult it is for us to watch our pets in sickness and unable to voice out their pain. This calls for a necessity to pay more attention to their behavioural changes. Dogs may not show symptoms of sickness but definitely show signs of sickness. Hence, as dog owners it is necessary to educate ourselves as to what they are trying to communicate through those signs.

The most easily visible signs of sickness are:

  1. Withdrawal or clingy behaviour
  2. Excessive sleep/lethargy
  3. Irritation or agitation
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Drooling or bad breath
  6. Vomiting
  7. Cloudy or red eyes
  8. Howling
  9. Excessive urination or constipation
  10. Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  11. Loss of consciousness
  12. Seizures
  13. New lumps or bumps

Fever always accompanies any kind of sickness. If you are unable to reach out to your vet immediately, you can detect the presence of fever using a thermometer. The thermometer can be inserted into its ears or rectally to determine your dog’s temperature.However, make sure you don't hurt your dog in any way and cause more pain.  

If you notice your dog displaying any of the above mentioned signs, it is advisable to take him to the vet and treat him immediately. Laboratory and diagnostic tests will be done to determine what is causing the sickness in your dog and how to cure it.

However, like it has always been preached, prevention is better than cure. To avoid your dog from all the suffering and pain, it is advisable to do frequent health checkups for your dog to ensure a healthy life. Also, it is adequate to keep track of your dog’s eating habits and other behavioural activities.

Taking care and seeking prompt help is the best way to show your furry friend that you care!