10 warning signs you need to take your dog to the V-E-T (and how to afford it too!)
It’s important that you know the symptoms to look for to get your dog medical care…
Your precious pooch is part of your family. They are your best friend, but sadly, dogs can’t talk. That’s why you need to know the warning signs to look out for.
Of course, going to the vet isn’t cheap which is why we often skip on the routine care and check-ups and leave the vet for emergencies only. And truth be told, this is not a good strategy.
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We also include routine care like dental work and check-ups in our pet cover plans, which means that you no longer need to wait until it is too late to see the vet.
The thing about routine care is that it can help detect and prevent underlying diseases and issues before they become a serious (and expensive problem). So do yourself a favour and get pet insurance.
The warning signs to look out for
1. Strange eating habits
If your dog skips more than three meals and does not want to eat, then something is up. Two days without eating means your dog needs to see the vet.
2. Excessive thirst and frequent urination
It’s good to know and notice how much your dog drinks every day. But if you are filling up his water bowl more than normal then he might have an issue like kidney disease or diabetes.
3. Dry or rough coat
Your dog’s coat should be shiny and soft. When his coat is dull, dry, rough or has bald patches then this might indicate an underlying issue. Maybe his food, an allergy or skin disease is the problem - but you need to get him to a vet to make sure.
4. Seeming tired and rundown
Fatigue and lethargy are signs that your dog is troubled. If your dog does not seem interested in playing, walking or doing things he normally loves for more than two days, then see a vet.
Dogs will occasionally vomit. This is normal. But vomiting should be a concern if:
● Vomits several times in a row
● Vomits frequently
● Vomits blood
● Has a fever
Severe vomiting can lead to dehydration which is a serious issue.
6. Strange poop
Your doggie doo-doo is an indicator of her health. A healthy dog will have firm and moist stools. Hard and dry stools may be a sign of dehydration. Take your dog to the vet if:
● There are worms in the stool
● She has diarrhoea for more than 24 hours
● She strains to go to the toilet
● There is mucus or blood in the stool
7. Unexpected and sudden weight loss
Even if your dog is overweight, if he has a sudden loss of weight then you need to get them to the vet. If your dog loses more than 10% of their weight in a short space of time, then see the vet.
8. Red or cloudy eyes
Red or cloudy eyes, squinting, or excessive pussy discharge around the eyes could be a serious issue such as infection or injury.
9. Dragging his rear
When your dog drags his bum along your carpets or outside on the grass, then this might be a sign of worms, diarrhoea, infected or blocked anal glands or a urinary tract infection.
10. Emergency symptoms
You need to see the vet immediately if your dog has any of the below symptoms:
● stopped breathing or is unconscious
● sudden collapse or difficulty to breathe
● hard and swollen abdomen
● open wounds or possibly broken bones - from an accident like being hit by a car
● repeated vomiting or vomiting up blood
● extreme pain, seen as shaking or whining
● bleeding from their mouth, eyes, or nose
● possible poisoning from eating something toxic
Remember that your dog is a survivor by nature, so they will work hard to cover up their symptoms and seem healthy on the outside. This is why you need to be aware of any of the above issues to make sure your dog is as healthy as can be and is treated immediately when he is not.
Yours in paws,