There are lots of telltale signs that your little friend is suffering, particularly if he or she is not eating. Overall signs of illness can range from continuous nasal discharge (runny nose!), to vomiting, continuous itching, irregular bowel movements, difficulty walking or running, or simply not eating. While some of these problems are more serious than others, and some may pass in a short amount of time, symptoms should be noted and a trip to the veterinarian’s office should be made if necessary.
If the dog vomits every now and then, this should not be regarded as a serious sign of illness – sometimes dog eat things they shouldn’t! If the vomiting is prolonged or is particularly violent or contains blood, then the problem could be serious and professional help may be needed. If you noticed your dog eating something unusual or just plain gross, communicate it to your vet when you take your pet for a visit as it may narrow down the treatment options.
Like vomiting, common sense should be applied to a situation where your dog is passing loose stools. Occasional, infrequent loose stools are not an emergency or cause for alarm. A bowel disorder or other problem may be the culprit if the condition lasts for several days, and trip to the veterinarian is probably in order. As stated earlier, if you observed your dog eating something or suspect your dog may have done something to bring on the bowel distress, talk to your vet about it – don’t omit it.
Should your dog be suffering from something that makes it itch and scratch continuously, then it’s time to get hands on with the pet. A close observation and manual examination of the skin by separating the hair should give you an immediate indication of what is ailing your dog. Ticks, lice, or other nasty parasites may be difficult or impossible to see from even a short distance. Relieving your pet of this problem should get its appetite back to normal.
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