Listed here are six signs that your dog should see a veterinarian immediately.
Lack of Appetite
Dogs are hard-wired to eat regular meals and skipping out on food can be a serious cause for concern. The Actijoy smart bowl monitors food intake, so you will know if your dog refuses 3 or more meals, and you can schedule a visit with a veterinarian as soon as possible.
From an evolutionary standpoint, dogs are conditioned to hide pain at all costs. Therefore, when an animal shows obvious signs of pain such as limping, whimpering, yelping, or moaning, there is a chance that something is seriously wrong, such as a broken bone, torn ligament, or internal bruising.
Bloody Stool or Diarrhea
While a dog’s digestive system may seem indestructible, the truth is that even a small amount of pet-poison can result in a big problem. If your dog has ingested something toxic or sharp, bloody stool can occur. Additionally, dark black stool can be a warning sign of internal bleeding.
Few symptoms in dogs warrant immediate care; however, difficulty breathing is one. If your dog is experiencing rapid breathing, labored breathing, or shallow breathing you should take your pet to the nearest veterinarian (or emergency clinic) as soon as possible.
Changes in Behavior
Any sudden change in behavior justifies a trip to see the veterinarian. For instance, the Actijoy smart water bowl will notice a large increase in water intake, which could signal diabetes or kidney disease. A mild-mannered dog that suddenly turns aggressive could be in pain or suffering from a neurologic disorder. In addition, the Actijoy pet tracker will spot an energetic dog that is lethargic and could be showing signs of toxicity, illness, or injury.
When in doubt, your dog’s gum color can provide a lot of information. If your dog will allow, gently lift his or her lip to reveal the gum line above your dog’s teeth. Gums should be light pink in color and smooth. If the gums are white (or dark red) you should consult a veterinarian immediately.
Many canine diseases can wait a day or two before scheduling a veterinary appointment. However, loss of appetite, pain, bloody diarrhea, difficulty breathing, abrupt changes in behavior, and pale gums are all tell-tale signs that a dog needs to see a veterinarian quickly.
Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.