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Dog owners must master the basic knowledge of keeping dogs and observe all abnormal changes of the dog, only in this way can you quickly make a correct judgment when an abnormality occurs, and take targeted protective measures in time so that dogs are protected from unnecessary pain.
But how to tell your dog is sick? Here we share some warning signs your dog may be sick. Hope it will help.
Everyone knows that dogs are active species. Healthy dogs are lively and agile. When they see their owners, they frequently shake their tails to show their closeness, and they are also sensitive to external stimuli. If the dog's head is drooping, his expression is cold, standing still or shrinking in a corner with his reaction being slow, then he must be sick.
Healthy dogs have a strong appetite and will be very excited every time the owner feeds. They also eat very quickly, and their food intake is relatively stable. Sick dogs have a loss of appetite and eat less, prefer to drink cold water, and pick or refuse to eat.
Healthy dogs will rest quietly after eating without vomiting.
Only dogs with infectious or gastrointestinal diseases vomit (vomit after eating). If the dog vomits after eating, the owner must pay attention to observe the color, properties, and contents of the vomit.
After the dog has had a bowel movement, the owner must observe the shape, color, and contents of the stool, whether there are constipation and diarrhea, and whether the stool has a foul odor or other abnormal smell.
Healthy dog stools are stripy and moist, and the color depends on the food. They can be yellow, yellow-green, or brown, without special odor. Sick dogs may have loose stools and blood stools with a foul odor, or dry stools with a small amount.
Observe whether the dog is standing, lying, or sitting abnormally, whether it is lame during exercise.
Healthy dogs have natural postures and can follow instructions. Sick dogs are reluctant to execute instructions, and their postures are unnatural, and they have painful performances when they are forced to execute commands.
Pay attention to check whether the dog's eyes are red and swollen, whether the cornea is turbid, and if there are any eye drops or secretions in the corners of the eyes.
Healthy dogs have clean eyes and pink conjunctiva. If you have found that your dog's eyes are apathetic and unclean and the conjunctiva is red, etc., then your dog may have eye diseases or indigestion.
The nose of a healthy dog is moist and has water droplets. An ill dog may get a dry nose or have serous, mucosal, or purulent substance in the nasal cavity.
Observe whether the dog's mouth has redness, ulcers rotten spots and a special odor and if the tongue and gums are normal in color. Healthy dog's mouth is clean, moist, pink, with his tongue being bright red and without bad breath and drooling. If your dog's mouth is swollen, drooling, with bad breath, or his tongue and gum are white, then he must be sick.
Check to know if the dog's anus is clean, whether there are foreign matters or stools attached, and if your dog has inflammation, redness or ulcers.
Healthy dogs are clean and free of foreign matters around the anus, and the color of the anus is pink. If you find that stools are attached to the anus or the anus is red and swollen, it is mostly related to gastrointestinal disease, infectious disease or local inflammation.
Everyone knows that healthy dogs have smooth, shiny coats and good skin elasticity.
If the coat of the dog keeps falling off, the hair is rough, messy and dull, and the skin is dry and inelastic, then the owner should take measures.
Every dog is an angel and brings us endless happiness. Please treat him well, take good care of him, and use your knowledge to ensure the dog's health. If your dog becomes ill, please take it to the clinic as soon as possible, so that the disease can be effectively treated.