Vet Info for Pet Parents

3 Signs Of Health Concerns In Your Dog

Your dog can sometimes make you understand when they need or want something, such as the need to go outside, or that they want a treat from the cupboard, but they may not always communicate when they aren't feeling well. This is something you're going to need to watch out for. Read on for a few signs to watch out for that could indicate a health concern in your dog.

1. Excessive Drooling

Your dog may be drooling excessively because of the food you are preparing in their bowl for them, but if they are drooling all of the time, it may be because of a dental issue. Excessive drooling could be due to gingivitis or an infected tooth. Take a look inside your dog's mouth to see if you can see any redness, swelling, or any other issues. In addition to excessive drooling, your dog may also have issues eating and could have a problem with very bad breath. If you notice any of these things, that dental issue could turn into something much worse if not taken care of. Make your dog a veterinary appointment to have their teeth and gums checked and treated if necessary.

2. Vomiting Or Diarrhea

If your dog is unable to keep food or water down, or if you notice your dog has very loose stools, it is an issue that needs to be looked into. Your dog may have gotten into something they shouldn't have, or they could be ill. Take note of anything you see in your dog's vomit or in their diarrhea that may indicate they ate something they should not have. If you don't see anything or haven't noticed anything missing or chewed on in your house, be sure to note this as well and report it to the veterinarian.

3. Lethargy

If your dog is lethargic, sleeping a lot more often, or not moving around as they normally do, they have a health concern that should be looked into further. Your dog may have an illness, or something more may be going on with their health. Take your dog to the veterinarian to be sure it isn't anything serious. Your dog may just have a bug, or they could have been actually bitten by a bug, such as a tick, and have Lyme disease. Take your dog to the vet to be sure; don't wait.

If you notice any of these signs in your dog, take note and report it to your veterinarian. Discuss with your veterinarian if your dog needs to be seen in the office and treated. Contact an animal hospital like Murrells Inlet Veterinary Hospital that provides dog care for more information.