3 Medical Issues To Watch For In Your Dog

Posted on: 9 November 2020

Your dog becomes part of the family, and they grow with you and with your family as well. If your dog is ill or not feeling like themselves, it's important to get them to the veterinarian for a checkup to ensure there isn't anything seriously wrong with them. If you aren't exactly sure what you should be watching out for, read on for a few signs that may indicate a medical problem for your furry pal.

1. Biting Or Chewing Themselves Excessively

If your dog is biting or chewing on themselves often, it could just be a sign of fleas, or it could also be the sign of an allergy. If your dog has an allergy, they could create hot spots on their body. If it's something they are interacting with often, it could cause a number of problems for your dog. If it's their food they are allergic to, for instance, you need to stop feeding them this food and replace it with something else. If it's grass or another pet, this is something else you need to be aware of. Take your dog to the veterinarian for a thorough exam if they are biting or chewing excessively.

2. Not Eating Or Weight Loss

If you notice your dog isn't eating as they used to or has lost weight and you haven't changed their food at all, it may be a medical issue you should be concerned with. It could be a number of things, from an infected tooth or gums to a stomach concern. Either way, you should have your dog examined by the veterinarian to get to the bottom of the issue and to have your dog treated if possible. If you did change their food, change it back if you can, and change their food gradually by adding in the new food to the old food in small quantities at a time.

3. Lethargy Or Weakness

If your dog is lethargic or noticeably weak, such as they are unable to climb the stairs or they are not getting up as often throughout the day, and they typically are running and playing, it's a definite concern. You should take your dog to the veterinarian for an exam. Your dog could have eaten something they shouldn't have, or they could be having some other type of medical issue. A trip to the veterinarian for a diagnosis is very important.

You know your dog better than anyone, so if you notice any negative changes in your dog, you should have them examined by the veterinarian and have them treated as needed. Keep an eye out for your pooch and watch for these or other signs. You want your dog to live a long, happy, and healthy life, and that starts with how you care for them.

Reach out to a veterinarian in your area to learn more.