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Sometimes, it’s easy to see when your furry companions aren’t feeling like themselves. Other times, it might be more difficult to determine not only if there is something wrong, but if that “something” warrants a visit to the local vet clinic. Fortunately, there are some signs to watch for that could help you know when it might be time to call the vet.
Tiredness is a sign of sickness in dogs, just as it often is in people. When the body is sick, it cannot function at a “normal” level. It’s expending energy fighting off the germs and will need more rest as a result. If your pet is lethargic or sleeping more than normal, they might need to see a doctor.
When pets don’t eat, or if they eat less or aren’t drinking as they should, this may be a sign of some type of ailment or illness. Pets can’t communicate, but when they don’t feel good, their bodies know.
If your dog is normally playful and suddenly stops, they might be ill or have an injury like a sprain or strain. Pay attention to their mood and activity levels. If there’s a sudden change, figure out why as soon as possible.
Pets who are ill may be more irritable than normal. They could be uncomfortable or in pain and unable to tell you, so they just seem grumpy or don’t want to be bothered. This is a common sign in ill pets.
Extra Energy or Sleeping Less
Just as tiredness can be a sign of a problem, so can having excess energy. If your dog’s mood or behaviour has changed significantly, it could be a sign that something is wrong. The dog may be anxious or feeling unwell.
These are just a few of the most common things that you can look for when you want to keep an eye on your pet. Of course, no two pets are alike so if yours is doing anything that doesn’t seem quite right, feel free to call your local vet clinic and ask them what the best course of action would be.