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Signs your dog is feeling under the weather

Just like us, our dogs can also have sick days!

And because all dogs have their own unique personality, this can make it challenging for an owner to recognize when their furry friend isn’t feeling well or like their usual self.

But remember: What dogs cannot say to you in words, they will show you through a change in behavior. Their body language says a lot about how they feel. 

Here are a few signs to look out for if you suspect your dog might be sick:

Sign #1: A sudden change in behavior

If your furry friend isn’t feeling well, you’ll probably be able to notice a change in their behavior. A sick dog tends to cower in a corner, cry, or remain abnormally quiet. If your pup is normally gentle, they might show hostility. If they’re usually well-trained, they might have an accident in the house.

Sign #2: Excessive thirst & urination

If your dog is drinking a lot more than usual or asks to go out for a break and stays for a long time, it could be a sign of illness that you’ll want to get checked out.

Sign #3: Lack of appetite

If your pup loses their appetite for more than 24 hours and sulks at their food bowl, this is a sign to book an appointment with your veterinarian ASAP.

Sign #4: Vomiting, gagging & diarrhea

A healthy dog doesn’t regularly have digestive problems unless their diet is inadequate. If you notice vomiting, gagging, diarrhea, blood in the stool, constipation, a hard and swollen abdomen — this should alert you that they may not be feeling well.

Sign #5: Watery eyes & runny nose

Bright or watery eyes and a runny nose are signs of illness in dogs that shouldn’t go unnoticed and should be taken seriously. Whether it’s a pink eye or an allergy, these symptoms will need to be treated.

Sign #6: Red & swollen gums

Red and swollen gums associated with bad breath and loss of weight are commonly due to a lack of oral hygiene. Your bestie might need to be treated by a specialist in animal dentistry! 

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