As a dog owner, you may begin to recognize your dog’s body language to know when he is excited, hungry, anxious, or needing to go outside. When it comes to illnesses and injuries in your dog, however, it may be a little more difficult to identify when there is a problem. Because dogs cannot simply tell you that they don’t feel well, you will want to learn to recognize the signs that something is wrong. Below you can see just a handful of the telltale signs that your four legged friend needs veterinary attention.
Limping or difficulty moving
Limping could be a sign of valley fever, minor injuries, or progressive orthopedic conditions like arthritis. When your dog is having difficulty moving because of these conditions, it is best to see a veterinarian right away, even if the cause turns out to be a minor, acute injury.
Vomiting and diarrhea
Occasional vomiting or loose stools may not be anything to worry about, but you should alert your vet when these symptoms persist or follow ingestion of potentially toxic foods or other substances. If your dog appears to have stomach upset with bloating and restlessness, you should seek emergency care, since these can be signs of gastric-dilatation volvulus, a leading cause of death in dogs.
Refusal of food
Dogs will have varying eating habits, so you should use your discretion when determining if a skipped meal is cause to see the vet. If your dog typically cannot wait for mealtime and refuses to eat when you set down his dish, there is likely something wrong.
From rashes to insect stings to hair loss, there are a number of different skin changes that you might see in your dog. It is best to play it safe with these types of irritation and visit the vet, though most types of skin irritation are not a sign of serious conditions in dogs. Even still, veterinary care can provide relief that will keep your dog from persistently scratching or biting at irritated areas.
When you need veterinary care in Scottsdale, you can count on Horizon Animal Hospital for AAHA Accredited services 7 days a week. To schedule an appointment for your dog, give us a call at (480) 800-4559.
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