Initial Signs of a Dog’s Indisposition
Unfortunately, if a dog is not feeling well, he can’t tell us about it. It is the responsibility of owners to look after their pets carefully so that they can notice their symptoms on time in case they become unwell.
Of course, bruises, fractures, cuts, burns, and other external injuries aren’t hard to spot – many of them are visible with the naked eye, and if you have a long-haired dog, it’s a good idea to check his skin periodically for possible damage. Read our article on how to treat a dog’s wound.
If we are talking about internal diseases, it is much more complicated: even an experienced veterinarian can not identify the problem in the early stages. It is necessary to get your dog checked out on time if he has any symptoms of sickness.
List of Initial Signs of a Dog’s Indisposition
- sluggish behavior
- rapid fatigue
- game abandonment
- bumpy breath
- dry nose
- poor appetite
- digestive disorder
These symptoms should alert you to the fact that your pet is not feeling well, and you should look for a reason.
Other symptoms of the disease are fever (normal adult dog temperature 37.5 to 39 ° C, in puppies at 5 ° C above), nausea, diarrhea, rapid pulse (normal heart rate for small breeds of dogs – 80-120, for large dogs – 70-80 rpm), frequent breathing, coughing, the emergence of excretions from the eyes, weakness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, the desire to be alone, and so on.
You can measure your dog’s temperature and calculate his heart rate and respiratory rate yourself. Monitor these indicators as your vet will ask you for information to get a full picture of the disease. During the check-up, the vet will analyze the mucous membranes of your dog’s eyes, mouth, and nose, the condition of the ears, skin, and coat, general musculature and will palpate to check if the lymph nodes of your dog and his organs are healthy.
The doctor can use other methods of examination to make a diagnosis: these are standard laboratory tests for blood, urine, and feces, as well as ultrasound, radiography, etc.
Unfortunately, dogs, like humans, have different diseases, and the key to a successful fight against them is finding the problem on time. You should always have your vet’s kit at home and your vet’s phone number on your contact list.
Take care of your health and the health of your pets, do not hurt!
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