Pets are always a happy addition to the family, but what happens when they get sick? If your dog starts showing any of the symptoms or unusual behaviours outlined below, it’s time to take them to your local vet.
1. Strange eating and drinking habits
It’s not unusual for dogs to skip a meal or two every now and then, especially on a hot day. However, if this goes on for more than a day, it is a clear indicator that something is wrong and your dog needs to be checked by a vet. Some illnesses cause dogs to develop strange eating habits, so it’s important to have them checked by a vet if they’re no longer interested in food. The same goes for drinking—if your dog is drinking water excessively, take them in for a check up. This behaviour is usually a symptom of kidney disease or diabetes.
2. Lethargy and tiredness
Sure, dogs can be a bit lazy. But when you’re holding up the leash begging your dog to come with you for a walk, and they’re not interested, something is definitely up. If your dog is lethargic and uninterested in things that used to cause it great happiness and excitement, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
3. Rough or dry coat
Has your dog’s usually silky coat become spiky to touch? If your dog has developed a dull coat that’s patchy or rough, this is a sign that something’s just not right. It’s best to take them down to the vet to get it checked out, as it could be caused by the wrong food, an allergy, skin disease or other issue.