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Checking on a Sick Pet

As most responsible pet owners, it’s important to be able to recognize the signs that your dog may be sick. While it’s always best to consult with a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis, Here are a few things, we at Oxford Veterinary Clinic, tell dog owners to be on the look out for.

First and foremost, changes in behavior can often be an early sign of illness in dogs. If your normally active and playful dog suddenly becomes lethargic or withdrawn, it could be an indication that something is wrong. Similarly, a loss of appetite or excessive thirst can also be red flags.

Physical symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, or difficulty breathing should never be ignored. These symptoms could indicate various health issues ranging from minor ailments to more serious conditions.

Changes in appearance should also be taken into consideration. Keep an eye out for any unusual lumps or bumps on your dog’s body, changes in their coat quality or color, or any signs of discomfort such as limping or excessive scratching.

Here is a great article kind of rehashing what we told you from Kingsdale Animal Hospital, but in more detail.

It’s important to remember that dogs are masters at hiding pain and discomfort. Therefore, if you notice any of these signs or have concerns about your dog’s health, it is always recommended to seek professional advice from a qualified veterinarian. They will be able to provide the necessary expertise and guidance to ensure the well-being of your beloved pet.