Signs Your Dog May Be Sick & Should See a Vet

Your dog is part of the family. Like any other member of the household, you want to keep everyone safe, happy and healthy However, you also likely want to avoid costly vet visits if at all possible. Here are several signs

Your dog is part of the family. Like any other member of the household, you want to keep everyone safe, happy and healthy However, you also likely want to avoid costly vet visits if at all possible. Here are several signs your dog may be sick and should see a vet sooner rather than later.

Sudden Appetite Change

You have a good idea as to what your dog eats, when they eat and how much. If they suddenly have a change in appetite it may be because they are sick. If a sudden change has occurred in their life (such as bringing in another pet, moving or something else that may be stressful) some slight appetite changes may occur, but these will be short-lived. Monitor their appetite change. If it doesn't begin to revert back to normal you need to see a vet.

Breathing Problems

Is your furry friend panting without any real reason? Maybe it seems like their breathing is labored or they are sneezing and coughing? These could be signs your pet has a cold or that something more serious is going on. Uncontrolled panting without vigorous activity could also mean your pet is in pain. See your vet when these issues occur.

Lethargic

Is your dog suddenly not interested in playtime or other activities? It may simply be an upset stomach from something they ate. If, however, this lethargic attitude continues on for longer than a day or two without visible signs of improvement, it is time to see the vet.

Bowel Movement Problems

Your pet's bowel movements may change if you change their food, or if they get into something they don't normally eat. If they experience diarrhea or constipation for more than a few days, you might want to bring them in. Blood in the stool warrants a vet visit. If your dog isn't having bowel movements, they may have swallowed something that is now blocking their system, and you'll want to take them in to remove the item immediately.