Your best pet pal does an incredible job of brightening your day with their playful antics. But what happens when they feel under the weather and are not having a great day?
Join expert vet Dr Lily Richards as she delves into the telltale signs that your dog might be sick or feeling sad. Find out how to advocate for your pup’s well-being and bring them back to their tail-wagging selves.
Our dogs can’t tell us exactly what’s making them feel ill. That’s why it’s super important for us, as their caretakers, to be able to pick up on signs that something’s not right.
Learning to recognise the early signs of a poorly pup is important because:
Always keeping a close eye on your dog is a great way to spot when they’re not feeling their best.
Being their human, you know their personality and quirks, which can help you catch those moments when they seem even a little off.
Your dog’s symptoms might be subtle, like a change in their sleeping habits or energy levels. Others might be more obvious, like vomiting or diarrhoea.
Here’s some of the tell-tale signs that your dog might be sick:
Don’t try to diagnose your dog yourself. It’s easy to misinterpret what’s wrong and potentially delay proper treatment. Speak to your vet for professional help about your pooch’s symptoms.
Changes in behaviour are key to telling if your dog is sick or depressed – but it’s usually not straightforward.
A depressed dog might show similar physical symptoms to a sick one, like loss of appetite and lethargy.
But they’ll also show other behavioural signs, for example:
A vet should always be your first port of call if your dog is showing any worrying symptoms or not acting like themselves.
If your vet can’t find anything medically wrong, reach out to a qualified behaviourist who’ll unpack what’s making your dog unhappy. For example, they may be feeling depressed due to separation anxiety.
It can be tricky to figure out if your dog is sick or just tired. Tired dogs can be lethargic but it’s a positive sign if they perk up after a good sleep.
Continued lethargic behaviour could suggest something more serious, so speak to your vet if you’re at all concerned.
If you think your dog is sick, here’s what to do:
It’s also helpful to know when you need to visit an emergency vet.
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