When your dog is well and thriving, they can be an awesome companion, a loving protector, and a cuddly friend. However, when your dog is under the weather, they may feel crummy and it’s important you notice so that you can help them get well as quickly as possible. If you’re not sure what the signs of a sick dog are, it can help to learn them. These surprising symptoms below may indicate that your dog doesn’t feel well, and that it’s time for a trip to the vet to figure out what is wrong.
They Want to Be Alone
Let’s face it, dogs are social and pack animals. If your dog wants to be alone – especially if they’re usually cuddly there’s a good chance that they’re not feeling well. Dogs hide alone when they are ill so that they can rest, prevent interruption, and avoid having to exert energy. If you find your dog hiding away when they’re usually out with the rest of the family, it’s time for a trip to the vet.
They’re Super Thirsty
Thirst is normal for dogs, especially if they’re active and running around outside. However, excessive thirst or drinking constantly — is not normal. If your dog starts to drink way more water than they normally do, it may be a sign that something is off with their health. Excessive thirst can be a sign of dehydration, diabetes, or even Cushing’s Syndrome, which can be treated with Vetoryl. If your dog’s water drinking habits change, ask your vet what may be behind the shift.
They Have Runny Eyes
A lot of dogs get secretions from their eyes, which can cake in the corner. However, a dog with runny eyes may be experiencing something unpleasant — like seasonal allergies. Dogs can have similar symptoms to humans with allergies (runny nose, cough, itchiness, and more). Runny eyes can also be a sign that your dog is allergic to something besides things in the environment, like the food you’re giving them or the shampoo you’re putting on their body. If your dog has runny eyes that seem consistently wet and goopy for days, you should get them checked out at the vet.
They’re Itching a Lot
Dogs can scratch themselves to relieve a simple itch, or they may do it out of habit. However, if your dog is incessantly itching, there’s a chance that there is something wrong with their health. Watch your dog for signs of endless itching, or look for bald spots around your dog’s body especially near their ears. If your dog has scratched so much that some of their hair is missing, it’s a good indicator that they need medical treatment. Take them to the vet, and you’ll probably be able to determine what’s behind the itching whether it’s a skin condition, allergy, or food reaction.
If your dog doesn’t seem well, then there’s a chance they aren’t feeling like their best self. When your dog seems off, take them to the vet, who can better understand signs and symptoms in dogs. Once your vet is able to determine what’s wrong (or that nothing’s wrong), you can get the right treatment, and your dog will be back to their lovable, active self in no time.