Have you taken your dog to the vet for a regular check-up recently, only to discover that he or she has been suffering from an illness for weeks? When this happens you can’t believe your favorite pooch was ill. However, it is difficult to keep looking for signs of illness in a dog and many times we become complacence when it comes to our pets.
However, for most dog owners they become very familiar with the characteristics of how a healthy dog should react. Therefore, they know when their dog is ailing from any disease. If you are uncertain about the health of your dog then you might apply this simple but yet essential guideline.
Here are the aspects you should look for:
- Alertness: A healthy dog is active most of the time. It reacts to sights, sounds and touch quickly. It enjoys being playful and is curious about new people and other pets. Lack of this vitality is a sign of an ailment, at times more serious than you think. Do not wait for more than 24 hours before seeing a vet unless the passiveness is justified with a tiring trip or strenuous exercise.
- Weight: A full-grown dog’s weight should not fluctuate dramatically. Check the weight of your dog once each month and go for a checkup if you notice a sudden loss of weight.
- Breathing: A healthy dog pants only after a physical activity or if it is too hot. When resting or sleeping, its breathing should be normal and easy. If you notice heavy breathing, coughing or any related signs, make sure your vet has a look at the dog.
- Color of the eyes: A healthy dog’s eyes are clear and bright. This is an easy aspect to monitor since you look into the dog’s eyes so often. If the dog’s eyes look red, dull or watery, take it to the vet. Do not use any eye-drops without consulting your vet.
- Appetite: A healthy dog has a good appetite and is excited at being served food. It eagerly finishes off the food in the bowl. A dog would refuse food if it has lack of taste for that food or if it has a digestive illness.
With the above guideline, you can grasp signals of ailments early on and provide the best treatment to your dog.