You love your dog so much that you’d do anything just to keep him healthy all the time. However, dogs usually hide the symptoms of their illnesses, making it hard for you to tell if your dog is not feeling well. You need to be a good observant so that you can diagnose dog illness symptoms early on.
The following are dog illness symptoms that you should be aware of:
Your dog is likely to be sick if he frequently throws up. Look at his vomit and check its color. If it’s yellowish or has blood in it, then consult your vet immediately.
Check your dog’s nose whether it’s wet or dry to see if he has a fever. Touch your dog’s nose gently—if it’s dry, then he has a dog illness.
Increased water intake and urination
Chances are your pet has a kidney disorder or diabetes. Treating diabetes for dogs involve controlling his insulin levels and giving him special diet prescribed by your vet.
Loss of appetite
If your dog has not eaten for two days or more, then there’s something wrong with his health. Loss of appetite is a symptom of one or two of the following problems: constipation, stomach problems, kidney disease, heart disease, depression, and cancer.
Dull coat and too much scratching
If your dog’s coat has turned from thick and shiny into an unsightly one with rough and dry patches, chances are he has a skin problem or is infested with fleas and ticks. This could also mean that your dog’s diet should be changed.
Unusual stool appearance
Your dog’s poop can give you a clue on your dog’s health. Healthy dogs have small, solid, and damp stools. Loose stool is a symptom of diarrhea, while dry, hard stool means your dog is constipated. Small, squiggly particles in the dog’s stool may be a symptom of worm infestation, which can be a serious threat to any dog’s health.
If you notice anything unusual with your dog, it’s best to have him checked by a veterinarian.