The U.S. has over 75 million pet dogs – more than in any country. This is a clear sign that Americans love their pet dogs and mostly consider them furry members of the family. If you own a pet dog, you probably resonate with this and feel like your pet dog is one of your best friends who barks happily when you arrive home and suggest a walk outside.
However, to ensure you have the pleasure of your dog’s company for longer, it’s important to take them for regular vet checkups. Because your dog can’t alert you if there’s a problem, it’s up to you to look out for any warning signs your dog is not feeling well and needs to see the vet. Here are some top signs to watch out for.
If your dog is suddenly refusing to eat, they may have digestive issues that need to be checked out. While it’s normal for your dog to refuse food here and there, going two days without eating and losing weight suddenly should concern you.
In the same vein, if your dog starts raiding for food, you should have the vet examine them. This also applies when your dog either has excessive thirst or is drinking too little water.
Have you noticed unusual and continuous changes in your dog’s stool? Do they keep throwing up their food? While this can happen here and there, don’t hesitate to visit the vet because it could be something serious like a blockage in the intestines. There are low-cost veterinary care options available to provide quality care for your pet without you breaking the bank.
If your dog’s eyes are red and weepy, it may have an infection or injury. This requires an urgent trip to the vet because some eye infections can cause your eyes to become blind. Your vet will prescribe medication that can cure the infection or alleviate your dog’s condition.
If your dog is suffering from a skin rash, dry skin, or dull coat, the problem can be anything from allergies to skin disease. Don’t let your dog suffer from itches and irritations. Instead, seek low-cost veterinary care for them, so they can be comfortable in the skin again.
Generally, any unusual behavior from your dog warrants a trip to the vet. Unusual behavior can be aggressive behavior, excessive whining or crying, difficulty with regular movement, and a dragging rear. The good news is getting your dog treated is affordable with low-cost veterinary care at the BVSPCA. Contact us today for more information.
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