A dog, or any other pet, is not able to verbally convey his feelings to humans, it is up to the owner to look for signs that indicate discomfort. It is extremely important to pay attention to your dog's behavior, as they have their own ways to seek help from their human in case they are feeling unwell.
Signs that Your Dog is Sick
It is very important for you to know the symptoms of a sick dog. Some indications are weakness, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, disorientation, weight loss, straining to urinate, bloody urine, unproductive retching, pale mucous membrane, difficulty in walking, persistent cough and difficulty in breathing.
Frequent shaking of the head, foul smell emanating from the ears, along with a discharge indicates mites or yeast infection. Constipation or defecating problems are a result of intestinal blockage or a change of diet. Persistent coughing is a sign of kennel cough, pneumonia, heartworm or heart disease.
Passing blood in urine indicates that the dog is suffering from urinary tract infection, kidney disease or internal injury. If the dog ingests grass or other vegetation or is frequently vomiting, it may be caused by a worm infestation, gastrointestinal problems or poisoning.
Avoid giving leftovers to the dog, as it can trigger some serious problems such as pancreatitis. Vomiting indicates abdominal upset as well as other illnesses. Don't allow the dog to drink a lot of water at once. It may result in increased vomiting, which may further result in dehydration. Immediately take the dog to a veterinarian to seek treatment.
Don't feed the dog at least for 12 hours after the previous episode. Then, feed him small amounts of white meat such as boiled fish or chicken along with white rice. If the dog is suffering from diarrhea, allow him to drink only water for 12 hours. Then feed him a mild diet as recommended by the vet.
If your dog is suffering from skin disorders, then prevent him from licking the area by using a Buster or Elizabethan collar. Prevent scratching by covering his paws using socks. Bathe him with cool water, or apply an ice pack. Use of chamomile or hazel lotion helps soothe the dog's skin.
Thus, attentive care and appropriate treatment will help your dog recover sooner and become healthy and playful again.