As a pet owner, you should monitor some key signs to assess the health status of your dogs. For example:
- If your dog has continuous nasal discharge, it indicates the presence of nasal congestion and if the discharge is thick, it could be that your dog may have pneumonia.
- If your dog vomits one or two times occasionally, this may not be taken as a serious sign of a health issue but if the dog continues vomiting, then this is something that might require a visit to the vet.
- If your dog has continuous itching, then one needs to check the dog first by closer observation and examination of the skin by separating the hair (especially in case of long haired breeds). You may discover a lot of ticks or lice on skin, which may look apparently normal at a distance.
- If the dog passes loose stool one or two times, this need not be given more emphasis but if there is continuous passing of loose stools, then the dog is may be suffering from bowel disorders. If the dog does not pass stool for two to three days, there could be digestive issues.
- If your dog is limping, the animal may have foot lesions. Similarly, if an aged dog is to walk, and is less interested in eating, accompanied with repeated vomiting, then acute renal disorders like nephritis needs to be ruled out.
- If there is whiteness in eyes, suspect the corneal opacity that may occur in diseases like trypanasomosis. If a dog becomes anemic, the mucous membrane of the eyes becomes paler and in severe cases, this may have white color.
- If your dog bites at his chain or bites at owners or other people, look for behavior disorders, and rabies needs to be ruled out.