As a dog owner, it can be scary and worrisome when your furry friend is not feeling well. Dogs are unable to communicate their symptoms to us, so it is important for us to be aware of any changes in their behavior or appearance that may indicate they are sick. At FurBuds Veterinary, we want your furry friends to be happy and healthy, so we’ve put together four signs your dog may be sick. If you are concerned or have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our pet experts!
Four Signs Your Dog May be Sick
Changes in Eating And Drinking Habits
A quick sign that your dog may be sick is a sudden change in their appetite and water intake. While a healthy dog will typically have consistent eating and drinking habits, a dog who isn’t feeling well may not. Underlying health issues could cause your dog to lose their appetite altogether, or even have an increase in appetite.
Lack Of Energy
While every dog’s energies and personalities are different, if you notice that your dog is suddenly lethargic and lacking their normal energy, it could be a sign of illness from minor infections to more serious diseases. If your dog is sleeping more than usual and seems disinterested in their usual activities, it is important to pay attention and monitor their behavior.
Changes In Bathroom Habits
Diarrhea, constipation, or blood in the stool are all signs that your dog may be experiencing digestive issues or an infection. Additionally, if your dog is having difficulty urinating or is urinating more frequently, it could be a sign of a urinary tract infection or other health issue, especially if your potty-trained dog is having an increase in indoor accidents.
Dogs can suffer from respiratory issues such as coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms can be a sign of allergies, infections, or more severe health issues such as heart disease or lung cancer. If your dog is experiencing any respiratory problems, it is crucial to seek veterinary care immediately.