Dog Health Issues – We dog owners have an awesome responsibility. We must know when our dogs are sick.
Of course, they can’t tell us they are sick and describe how they feel. If you are like me, you want only the best for my dog. I need to be very cognizant of any changes in his behavior.
Your dog may have a temporary upset stomach that causes him to skip a meal. This is not a real concern. But if he misses another meal or two, you need to determine what is wrong. If the problem persists, then a trip to the vet is in order. Your vet can probably runs some tests and quickly evaluate your dog’s condition.
I don’t have a problem with my dog in this area. He skips a meal very rarely. But then he is right back eating for the next meal. But I feel that it is much better to err on the side of caution.
I read an article on this topic entitled, “How To Recognize Dog Health Problems and Do What Is Right.” The author is Curt De La Cruz.
Mr. Cruz does a very good job of pointing out some things to look for in dog health issues. Here is a brief quote from the article:
Just like us they too are also vulnerable to many kinds of diseases. Therefore if you have a dog in your house it is your responsibility to see to it that the health of your dog is always ok. But your responsibility does not end there for as its owner you will also have to provide a clean and friendly environment for it to live to avoid health complication later on.
Unlike people, dogs are not able to communicate to us that they are ill. Just like babies we need to look for some indicators that might tell us that something is wrong with them. Many times dog health problems can be seen through its actions. Normally a healthy dog has bright and cheerful eyes. It is full of energy and has a good appetite. When something is wrong with your favorite pet you will notice an attitude change. He might not be interested in playing with you or becomes indifferent to his meals. Alongside with this sudden change of behavior, if you see some health symptoms developing like constant scratching, itching, painful movement, vomiting, diarrhea and even bloody stool then you know something is not right with your dog.
The complete article is here.
I’m sure you have experienced some dog health issues of your own. What things do you look for?
My son has a 10 year old German Shepherd mix. Of course, that type of dog is prone to dysplasia and other joint issues as it ages. He is constantly observing her agility and any problems with her joints.
In fact, a couple of years ago he noticed her having some problems in this area. He put her on some dog nutritional supplements for agility. It wasn’t too long before she was much better and hasn’t had any issues since.