If the four-legged friend is ill, the master or mistress often suffers at the same time. It is not always necessary to ame the worst immediately. Fortunately, these are often mild diseases. The animal will feel better after a few days. In some cases, you can also help your dog recover or at least give him relief. Perhaps even a visit to the vet is not necessarily necessary.
Very important: Watch your dog
Dog owners must be attentive to notice changes in the behavior of the four-legged friend. Dogs themselves cannot communicate. Are completely dependent on their master or mistress for any abnormalities.
Diseases can affect, for example, the gastrointestinal tract, the cardiovascular system or the musculoskeletal system and especially at the beginning may not always appear typical symptoms. Here, special attention is required, because such diseases absolutely require a visit to the veterinarian. Failure to treat a disease can lead to complications in its later course, have serious consequences and significantly reduce the dog's quality of life. Fortunately, however, most dog owners have a fine sense. Notice the smallest changes in the behavior of your four-legged friend immediately. The following signs may indicate that something is wrong with your dog:
– Dog does not drink or refuses to eat – instead of the usual liveliness and joy of movement, the dog withdraws, is apathetic and rests more than usual – altered movements when walking, sudden limping, limping or dragging of limbs, protective posture by avoiding certain movements – eyes are not clear, but cloudy and reddened, itchy; dog rubs eyes with paws – itching on or in ears, dog constantly shakes head back and forth – instead of solid stool, dog has constant diarrhea – gums do not look pink and healthy, but are inflamed or white and pale – loss of fur in certain areas – nose test: a healthy dog has a wet and cold nose, a warm and dry nose indicates illness – panting at normal temperature and without exercise is unusual – often also in connection with trembling on the body. With these signs immediately to the physician! – Dog looks emaciated, coat is shaggy and lacks luster
Three common dog diseases
Some canine diseases are due to breed and disposition, others can occur in any dog, regardless of age and size.
Diarrhea in dogs
A disorder of the digestive system is usually manifested by vomiting and diarrhea. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as poor food composition, allergies to certain food ingredients or eating too fast. In order to get to the bottom of the exact causes, a veterinarian should be consulted. Especially if diarrhea occurs over several days.
More information about diarrhea in dogs
Osteoarthritis in dogs
Dogs of all sizes and breeds can be affected by osteoarthritis, a genetic predisposition is also causative in some types of dogs. Timely diagnosis of the disease is especially important to limit and treat joint wear and tear. Diet also plays a significant role.
More information about osteoarthritis in dogs
Ear infection in dogs
Inflammation of the ears occurs frequently in dogs and can vary in severity and course due to its various causes. Some breeds of dogs such as Shar Pei, English Bulldog or Bolognese are predisposed to inflammation of the hearing organ due to the anatomy of their ears.
In the case of prolonged, noticeable and unusual complaints, as well as behavior patterns that indicate a serious illness, a veterinarian should be consulted as soon as possible. Self-diagnoses are out of place in these cases.