Although we have provided a list of common symptoms, it is vital to note that your canine buddy’s illness signs may extend beyond what is listed. Some indicators may be subtle, take time to manifest, or require constant monitoring to recognise that your dog is unwell. This can be tricky, we know. That is why we have compiled a list of these ‘trickier‘ symptoms to help you identify them better. Nevertheless, this list is not exhaustive, and if you notice any unusual patterns or signs that something is not right with your pet, it is always best to consult a veterinarian first.
Occasional dog diarrhoea can be due to mild stomach upset or ingestion of something unpleasant. But if it persists, accompanied by other symptoms like vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, or abnormal stool, seeking veterinary care, and providing a stool sample for examination will be helpful.
Dog straining or being unable to defecate for several days may indicate a gastrointestinal issue that requires a vet’s attention. Regularly monitoring their stools and checking for any changes in colour, consistency, or presence of blood is helpful. Bringing a sample to your vet can help diagnose any underlying health issues, and prompt treatment can be given if needed.
Dogs do vomit occasionally, especially if they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t have, but persistent vomiting or vomiting blood is abnormal. Other symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, gagging, retching, lethargy, depression, diarrhoea or loss of appetite along with the vomiting may also indicate various illnesses, including kidney and liver disease, as well as intestinal problems.
- Personality change
Pay attention to your dog’s behaviour as it can reveal important information about their health. Withdrawal, less interaction, aggression or twitching could indicate underlying issues, and seizures require immediate veterinary attention. Consider recording odd behaviour to show your vet.
- Skin complications – hair loss, itching and redness
A healthy dog should have smooth, shiny hair without scabbing, redness or inflammation. Scratching, hair loss, and persistent itching can signal skin infections, allergies, or fleas. Also, a dull or scurfy coat may indicate an underlying illness. Regularly examine your dog’s skin for signs of fleas, discharge, or an abnormal odour and seek vet advice for severe symptoms.
- Swollen or red gums
Dogs with oral disease may show symptoms such as red or swollen gums, brown plaque on their teeth, and bad breath. They may also exhibit signs of discomfort when eating, such as eating on only one side of their mouth or dropping food. This condition can cause pain and lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
- Breathing difficulty, hyperventilation or coughing
If you observe your dog panting heavily, taking rapid breaths, wheezing, coughing, or showing signs of breathing difficulties, it could be a sign of an underlying respiratory problem. It’s essential to seek veterinary care as soon as possible to address the issue. These symptoms could indicate a severe chest issue or respiratory condition, such as kennel cough, which requires prompt diagnosis and treatment.
- Difficulty walking or mobility issues
As dogs age, they may experience some natural stiffness, but it’s important to be aware of signs that may indicate a more serious issue. If your dog is limping, having difficulty getting up or lying down, or struggling to climb stairs, contact your vet. These symptoms may suggest a bone or joint problem, and early intervention can prevent further damage.
What actions should be taken when your canine friend is unwell? First of all, remain calm. Take note of their symptoms and duration. Contact your veterinarian for advice on whether to schedule an appointment or visit an emergency hospital. Share your pet’s health history, including past medical procedures, medications, and symptoms, and prepare for diagnostic tests. Most importantly, stick to the treatment plan and report any new or worsening symptoms to your veterinarian.
It’s also crucial to keep your furry buddy nourished throughout the recovery. ProBalance 100% Single Source Meat Protein is easier to digest and less likely to cause an adverse reaction compared to diets containing multiple protein sources. Additionally, it can help to reduce the risk of further complications by providing high-quality protein to promote muscle growth, support the immune system and help rebuild damaged tissue. Single source meat protein is also less likely to contain allergens or other irritants that could exacerbate the dog’s condition. Overall, a simple and easily digestible diet by ProBalance can help support your dog’s recovery and aid in their return to good health, so you can enjoy more play together.