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Call The Vet: 6 Signs Your Dog Is Sick

When you’re sick, you can tell. You may experience aches and pains, congestion, fever, sore throat or any other symptom that lets you know your body is feeling ill. Dogs also experience certain signs and symptoms of illness, but they can’t communicate verbally when something is wrong. Instead, it’s up to you as their owner to determine when your dog isn’t feeling like himself or herself.

Sometimes your dog may just be acting weird, and sometimes their actions may be a sign that something isn’t right. The following are six signs that your dog is sick.

1. There is blood in their stool or urine.

If you notice blood in your dog’s stool or urine, you need to get them to the vet. Blood in the stool or urine can be a symptom of different illnesses, including kidney stones, kidney infection or blood in their digestive tract. It can even be something as minor as constipation. Bring in a stool or urine sample for your vet and allow them to examine your dog to find the cause.

2. Your dog is lethargic.

If your dog ran a marathon yesterday and seems lethargic today, it’s probably nothing to worry about. But if your dog seems to be lethargic all the time, you need to call the vet. There are many reasons why your dog may be lethargic, so allow the vet to examine your dog and run necessary tests to figure it out. It may be something minor or it may be something serious, but only your vet will be able to determine the cause.

3. Your dog is acting violent.

If your docile, fully trained dog suddenly becomes prone to violence or aggressive behavior, bring them to the vet. Many illnesses can cause aggression in dogs, such as canine dementia or even contracting rabies. Make sure to have your dog checked by a vet before his or her aggression harms someone else.

4. Your dog is vomiting.

If your dog vomits one time and there is a reason for it, such as your dog ate something that upset his or her stomach, then there’s no reason to call the vet. But if your dog is continuously vomiting or you can’t determine the cause, bring them to the vet immediately. Not only is vomiting a sign of an illness or disease, but too much vomiting can cause your dog to become dehydrated, which can cause other complications.

5. Your dog has diarrhea.

Diarrhea is similar to vomiting. Before you bring your dog to the vet, determine if there’s a valid cause. If your dog is constantly suffering from diarrhea, then you will want to bring them to the vet to not only find the cause, but to also seek treatment.

6. Your dog stops eating.

There are different reasons why a dog may stop eating, but illness is one of them. If your dog stops eating food altogether, it could be a sign of a stomach or mouth issue. Be sure to bring them to the vet and have them examined to find the cause and seek treatment.

Once you have ruled out common health problems and become aware of the symptoms listed above, it is important that you contact your vet to have your dog looked at or to get further instruction on what you can do to ease the symptoms.

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Guest Author: Ashley Smith is a freelance writer, busy mom of 2 and a dog owner. Ashley uses her love of writing to share articles on a variety of topics.