Problems That Can Cause Your Dog Grief
August 15, 2018
Since your best friend can't speak, it is often difficult to tell when they are uncomfortable or feeling pain from natural aging. As a pet lover, you never want your dog to suffer in silence from an injury or other medical condition. Although it can be difficult to spot changes in behavior, there are several warning signs you can use for at-home diagnosis. However, it is important that you DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TREAT your dog's condition with human medications, unless directed to do so by your veterinarian. In addition, medicines prescribed for other pets can be very dangerous and should be avoided.
Changes in eating, drinking and sleeping habits as well as excessive vocalizing could be your pet's way of communicating his or her discomfort. Listed below are common concerns matched with symptoms you might observe:
- ALLERGIES - Like their owners, dogs are prone to all kinds of allergies. These can be related to insect bites, shampoos, pollens, chemical irritants, etc. But, most result in itchy skin. Unfortunately, your dog's scratching and chewing can cause raw patches that may become infected. Only your veterinarian can help determine the cause and severity of allergic reactions.
- EAR INFECTIONS - Excessive scratching of the ears can indicate that your dog has an irritation that can be due to parasites, bacterial infection or an allergenic response. Due to the shape of some dog's ears and ear canals, they may be more susceptible to ear drainage and foul odors. It is important to seek your vet's help in treating infections as well as keeping your dog's ears nice and clean.
- BAD TEETH - According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs have evidence of periodontal disease by age three. Moreover, broken or cracked teeth can also lead to a painful experience when trying to chew or eat. Routine home oral hygiene and professional dental cleaning can help to keep your dog's mouth healthy. If you pet seems to be suffering, seek veterinary care.
- UPSET STOMACH - If you pet has an upset stomach, they are not going to feel good and may become snippy when you try to pet or comfort them. Although dogs can eat just about anything and survive, human foods really don't sit well. Unless the vomiting and diarrhea are severe, try cutting out the table scraps as well as other treats and feed them plain chicken and rice. If that fails, it's time to visit PrimeVET.
- MOBILITY ISSUES - Arthritis is a common condition that causes joint pain in both humans and dogs. You aging pet may show signs of slowing down, have problems getting up and down, or walk with a noticeable limp. If you suspect canine arthritis, you should check with your vet to rule out other serious causes. Installing more comfortable bedding, adding supplements for their joints, maintaining a healthy weight, and some tender loving affection are usually the best meds.
The key to keeping your dog feeling his or her best is through your daily observations. Pets that lick their paws constantly, engage in excessive grooming, are panting heavily, show changes in their posture, display signs of agitation, or shake and tremble might be expressing grief. Left untreated problems with aging, disease, or injury can cause your pet to become more emphatic as they express their discomfort. If you suspect your best friend is not feeling their best, contact PrimeVET to schedule an appointment with our caring veterinarian.