Thursday, November 12, 2020

Is Your Pet Sick? Here's How To Tell

When we get older, our health can begin to decline. It doesn't happen to everyone, but it does happen to an unlucky few. As you can imagine, dogs are very similar in that they deal with health declines as they get older. Dogs spend their lives running, jumping and bouncing around, and that means that their health can decline faster the more active they are. 

No matter what their age is, you are going to pay a big part in helping your dog to be healthy. For example, reading and paying attention to Freshpet reviews so you know you are feeding your dog the right food will make a difference. Your dog can’t tell you what’s wrong, and you may have that niggly feeling telling you that something is wrong, but you need to pay attention to know what to look for. There are plenty of signs to see that your dog is not feeling well at all, such as the list below. If your pooch is showing any of these signs, you need to contact your vet at the earliest opportunity. The last thing that you need is to have a sick dog in the house, so pay attention to them. Let’s dive in and see what you need to know.

Puppy Sitting in Bench

Has your dog been drooling excessively? Is their breath hideous to smell and you can smell it from a distance? It’s worth taking a look close at the problem with their teeth and gums here.

  • If you notice that your dog is excessively thirsty, your spidey senses may prick up and think about diabetes - and you may not be wrong. If that excessive thirst is paired with a lot of urination, get them to the vet.
  • You will notice very quickly if your dog is gaining or losing weight suddenly, and you have to pay attention to this if it happens. Your dog could be seriously ill, and their weight is a concern even with the right foods you are giving them.
  • A lethargic dog who is struggling to climb the stairs or is sleeping more than usual will alert you to a problem.
  • You will see a big difference in your dog if they have fleas, ticks or worms, even if you can't see the bugs on their skin. 

You may not always recognize the signs that your dog is sick, and even as a dog owner who pays attention, you may miss the signs. It’s not easy - you’re not a vet - but you need to think about preventative care as much as possible. Signs of disease and sickness may not always be obvious, but with prevention, you can avoid much of the issues that occur. Prevention includes regular testing to ensure they are not dehydrated and dealing with an electrolyte balance. It includes identifying heartworm and other infectious diseases, and you may also include urine tests for any UTI your dog may be dealing with.

Your pet deserves the best, and prevention is always easier than cure!


  1. This is a great article. I'm not a pet owner myself but I have many family members that do. It's good to know, just like human first aid! Thanks for article!

  2. Thank you for sharing this good article with us!

  3. This is a great post. I will have to send it to my Mom

  4. Great info. No one ever wants to think of their pet aging or getting sick but prevention is important as is being diligent about recognizing changes in behavior.

  5. Great useful information. Thank you from me, and my canine and feline family members.

  6. Thanks for the information. I will pass it on to my niece.

  7. great info and to know what to look out for to keep your furry friend feeling well

  8. Very useful article for those who own a dog, thank you.


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